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i have a 1972 elcamino and i got a front end alignment today and the guy told me they couldnt set the camber correctly until i get off set upper conthrol arm shafts or bend the frame at the frame shop any one else have this problem? my frame is strait and i have all new front end parts complete overhaul.wouldnt bending the frame some be better than going through the pain of offset bushings?

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Offset bushings are not hard to come by but installing them is a pain. If it is not that much out don't worry about it, are you sure the bushings aren't worn out on yours now? That will cause the condition you describe.
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If it is a traditional A-Arm suspension and all of the bushings have been replaced, I don't see the difficulty in setting the arms to correct geometry. I would not even consider tweaking the frame rails!

Caster is adjusted by shimming the upper arms out or in. I think I would get a second opinion and not from a place like K-Mart and such.
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i too my car to another tire shop and they got the front end alignment correct but the car still has a little shimmy in the front right so i rotated my tires and its still there, he told me to bring the car back next sat and he will try something else.but i also have some cupped tires on the car which could account for the shimmy, or the drums i got turned are a little warped maybe.hpoefully ill be able to buy some new tires in afew months to stop mthe problem maybe,until then ill have to bite my lip and deal with the shake what a biitch
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