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#1 Bad Brat84

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 10:25 PM

The camber on my 84 Brat is worse now and has worn through to the cords on the passenger side front tire. Driver side is bad but liveable. I know there is not any factory adjustment for this and I know it is a common issue. I know I'm not the first with the problem but I can't find any old post on this or anything in the USRM. Any suggestions before I replace the tires? It has adjustable shocks and they are all the way down.

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 11:23 PM

Is the tire worn on the outside edge, or the inside edge?

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 07:59 AM

It is worn on the outside edge which seems typical for this vintage Subaru. It is visible to the eye why the tires wear on the outside \ / .

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 08:32 AM

if your car lifted?

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 09:33 AM

mine does that with the adjustable shocks cranked. would the wrong shocks do it guys? what about crappy worn to hell ball joints.

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 02:08 PM

it was worse with the shocks cranked to raise the front end but they are all the way back down now. I checked the suspension and noticed the ball joint is in the correct spot to affect the camber but felt like it was still tight. I know I saw some old post with someone who made changes at the top of the strut to give some adjustments. But what would change so much to make it necessary?

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 08:25 AM

anybody? I know there have been alot of comments and suggestions on this before so I'll bump it back up.

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 09:08 AM

when i replaced the struts in the hatch, i saw atop the
upper spring perch, something about "this way" for 2wd
and "that way" for 4x4.

i believe you rotate the top of the strut 180 degrees

dont quote me, but have a look at the top of your strut
and see if you see any markings.

i will go look at the spares i have.

and even if i am wrong, you can slot the top strut mount holes
to let you move the top of the strut inwards, toward the motor,
thus correcting the camber

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 09:11 AM

Pull your ball joints out and check them. Check the lower control arm bushings maybe? Wheel Bearings?

I think I would probably just tear one side of the suspension down, and see what is in there.... something is wore out.


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