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Old 09-19-2006, 10:05 PM
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Drop Axle Camber Alingment

I,m building my first car. I purchased a 4" tube drop axle about 6 months ago and have finally built my rolling frame. I have noticed when standing at the rear and looking forward that the right front tire and wheel are leaning to the outside of the car at the top while the left front tire and wheel appear to be closer to 90 degrees to the floor. I placed my smart tool on the right rotor and it's about 2 degrees out at the top. I called the the company I bought it from and they told me that I would need to take it to a shop that works on large truck so they can bend it back. I have had this done to a boat trailer once before and it worked great, however you can see the obvious bend in the trailer axle and I don't want the car axle to look like this. Can someone with some experience in this area please give me some input on this matter.

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Hmmmm...

That's how they are adjusted for camber, but 2 degrees seems like quite a bit for it to be off, I would think it would be out at most a half-degree as manufactured. Where did you get the tube axle from?


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Doc is onto something, If it is out on one side that much the axle was probably made wrong.
The manufacturer didn't offer to replace it?
Sometimes mentioning the manufacturers name on this forum and letting them know works wonders for getting stuff replaced.

If you are stuck fixing it yourself,
You can make adjustments by heating up the end below the kingpin boss some with a rosebud and bending it. No hotter than what you need to, usually just to red, bend it and let it cool slow. Having a big heavy bench to clamp the axle to and a way to see how much you are bending it is helpful.

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Drop Axle Alignment

I bought the axle assembly from Speedwaymotors.com. I purchased the complete axle kit already welded together. I was surprised at their solution of taking it somewhere instead of just replacing it for me. I,m going to take the spindles back off and double check them to make sure there is no problem there and then check the axle again. Like you all I thought 2 degrees was quite a bit. The other end of the axle was about a quarter of a degree out at the top. I,ll let you know what I find after a little more investagation.

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