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Unread 08-31-2011, 10:25 AM   #1
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Caster and camber. How to adjust?

Hey I have a TJ with a d30 front axle that I recently swapped in and ever since then my caster and camber have been way off. I can't seem to figure out how to adjust it and neither does my friend who's good with cars so I figured you guys can help out. Thanks in advance

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Unread 08-31-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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Camber isn't adjustable from the factory. Caster is adjustable via the cam bolts on the lower control arms. The only way to adjust camber is with offset ball joints. If your camber is way off then either your current ball joints are completely trashed or your housing is bent somehow.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 11:11 AM   #3
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Well I have negative camber with the tops of the tires closer than the bottoms. Ballpoints are fine. So this is not adjustable?
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Unread 08-31-2011, 11:26 AM   #4
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No, not without the offset ball joints. Sounds like something is tweaked on your axle
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Unread 08-31-2011, 11:44 AM   #5
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Caster is adjustable via the cam bolts on the lower control arms.
By 03 hadn't the factory stopped putting in the cam bolts? Horseshoes still there on the brackets, but no longer bolts.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 12:42 PM   #6
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By 03 hadn't the factory stopped putting in the cam bolts? Horseshoes still there on the brackets, but no longer bolts.
You might be right, I kinda just assumed that they kept using them. I would think they would implement some means of caster adjustment though.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 12:58 PM   #7
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You might be right, I kinda just assumed that they kept using them. I would think they would implement some means of caster adjustment though.
I can tell you for sure that by 06 there was no means of caster adjustment on the factory setup.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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Forgot to add the axle is off a 97 jeep TJ. I also can't use cam bolts with my clayon long arms because the can bolts aren't rounded it's flattened. I'll try the offset ball joints but one side does it more than the other so do they have more of an offset than the other? Sorry for all the questions I'm just kinda mad at myself for buying these axles I should have waited and found a better set
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Unread 09-01-2011, 07:23 AM   #9
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I think you can buy them with certain amounts of offset, but I haven't looked in a while. As for the caster, if you have clayton's longarms then it's a simple length adjustment on the radius arms.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 01:07 PM   #10
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ok, anyone know what offset i should get? or is it just a hit or miss thing? heres what it looks like:

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Unread 09-01-2011, 01:14 PM   #11
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If that photo is legit, offset ball joints aren't going to help you.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 01:23 PM   #12
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Holy crap you can see the axle tube is bent dam. Its beat get another axle
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Unread 09-01-2011, 02:06 PM   #13
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Wow, that thing is toast. You need another axle man, even if offset ball joints could cure the camber problem I'd be willing to bet that front end is going to eat through bearings like none other.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 05:21 PM   #14
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I'm gonna try to see how to check if the axle is bent... And yes the picture is legit it's kinda bad.. I have a Dana 30 with 3.07's perfectly good but the gearing I have now is 3.73's and gearing labor is too much money for me to have the gears swapped over.. I'm on such a tight budget with this thing after I do my rear long arm I'm gonna be done for awhile (minus fixing the front end)

So with that being said any suggestions for me who's on a budget? If I had the money to blow I would regear my perfectly good d30 I have in my garage to a 4.10 o 4.56s and do the rear as well then have 2 good axles.
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Unread 09-03-2011, 12:49 AM   #15
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Well you have the gears now in your extremely f'ed axle just swap em withe the good if you have someone who can help wont be too too bad its just critical on your preload, lash, and gear tooth mesh only allows so much play
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