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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-21-2019, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question Non-adjustable camber?

I took my Giulia to Firestone to have the wheels rotated and the alignment checked/adjusted (by purchasing a lifetime alignment) and was told the rear camber is out by between -.15 and -.19 but is non-adjustable unless I purchase some type of bolt kit for around $50. Has anyone else encountered this or been told the same? Is this amount of negative camber an issue I should be concerned about?


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I get the feeling theyíre just pulling your leg to get some more money. Iíve purchased a lifetime alignment before, and every time I brought the car back felt like they just didnít do anything beyond the first time.

Searched up rear camber kit and itís a lot more than $50:

https://express.google.com/u/0/produ...IaAiZgEALw_wcB

Strangely I recall my wifeís Giuliaís camber being off on the front left. I suspect pothole damage.
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I wonder if the part you linked is sold more for people who want more negative camber, not just to adjust it back to spec.


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Iím afraid I have misplaced the alignment printout I got from my trusted shop. If/When I find it I will report what seems adjustable or not.

That $50 for camber adjustment parts sounds so familiar, sadly....
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AFAIK the rear camber is adjustable and is tied to toe. Is the toe in spec? That said, that's not that much additional negative camber, many people would prefer to have a little more negaitve than the spec calls for.

The other complication is that AR changed springs height between different years and models. As such, the camber changed. Are you certain the shop is using the settings for the *exact* model car and year that you have?
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AFAIK they were using the factory specs for the specific car, they said it was programmed into the machine. Tow was out on all four wheels, until they adjusted it back in. They told me rear camber was non-adjustable with the factory setup unless the dealership has some specialized tool for adjusting it. Tow was also only out by .2 or less, so not a huge amount.


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Madness Autoworks has adjustable upper arms to reduce rear negative camber.

https://madnessautoworks.com/
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AFAIK they were using the factory specs for the specific car, they said it was programmed into the machine. Tow was out on all four wheels, until they adjusted it back in. They told me rear camber was non-adjustable with the factory setup unless the dealership has some specialized tool for adjusting it. Tow was also only out by .2 or less, so not a huge amount.
.2 isn't huge but I believe the camber will end up adjusting as they adjust that. Your camber isn't much out of spec either. I'd be surprised if alignment shop SW checks build date for when ride heights changed (springs were changed during a model year and, in some instances, have since changed back). But I've been surprised before.

Was anything in the trunk? How full was your fuel tank?
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The trunk was empty and the fuel tank was close to half full (per the fuel guage).


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Rear camber is adjustable, separately from toe.
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