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Old 11-06-2006, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tire wear....do I need a camber kit?

Okay guys, I have H&R sport springs on my 99 323is. I have only went 8k on them and my rear tires in tread wore down to almost the steel in the tires. Now when I got it lowered the guy said he aligned it, (side job), but I have no real way to tell, except that I saw it on the rack when he did. Anyways, should I buy a rear camber kit to keep the tire from wearing, or just get another alignment? I know the front is not bad, cause the front tires did not wear that much at all in the inside corners. One more thing I am running a 17x 8.5 rim with a 225/45 tire all around.

By the way I read a few other old post too, just wanted to get a more updated opinion for the H&R spring users if any.
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The rear can be adjusted by hand. There is a bolt that can be moved... I would need a diagram to tell you exactly which one, but any alignment shop that knows about BMWs will be able to adjust if for you unless you need a large adjustment (without a camber kit of course).
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You think it could of been just the type of tires I was running? I ran Sumitomo HTRZ II. they don't seem to have a stiff shoulder like most tires that come on stock bmw 17inch wheels. I check a few other post and no one ever mentions getting a camber kit for the H&R sport springs.
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Yeah I might need to check into that. Mine are not as bad as that though. I probably just need new shocks.
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You think it could of been just the type of tires I was running? I ran Sumitomo HTRZ II. they don't seem to have a stiff shoulder like most tires that come on stock bmw 17inch wheels. I check a few other post and no one ever mentions getting a camber kit for the H&R sport springs.
It could just be the tires, but I do remember reading that the springs can put some nasty camber on the rear wheels depending on the wheel/tire selection. But as said before, you shouldnt need one unless it is putting more than 2-2.5 degrees camber. Less than that and you can adjust down, I think mine is 1.3 right now on the rear.
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Get the alignment double checked and if it is good just drive the harder. I have about -2.6* rear camber and almost -3.0 front camber on my E30 and I get the tires to wear evenly.
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