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Old 03-21-2005, 11:54 AM
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But I hear people talking about camber, ( in regards to their tires), what exactly is Camber and what is it for?

From what I understand its the angle that your tire is at but i'm not sure

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Old 03-21-2005, 12:09 PM
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Being from the VW world camber is a pretty common term. It represents the vertical angle of your wheels/tires when viewed from the front (or back)... So, an example (crude as it may be) negative camber would look like this from the rear (or front) of the car --> / \.
Conversely, positive camber would look like this --> \ / .
And then zero camber would be --> l l .
The camber will effect your tire wear and handling.

Another term is caster and it is similar only it is better viewed from the top (or bottom) of the vehicle and is referred to as toe-in --> / \ (front^).
Or toe-out --> \ / (front^).

Hope that helps!

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Old 03-21-2005, 12:24 PM
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thanks, thats what I thought it meant but now I know for sure. Thanks for your answer
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If, when you're driving straight down the road, your tires are perfectly vertical when viewed from the front (or the rear), you have zero camber. If the tops are leaning toward the car's centerline, you have negative camber. If they are leaning away from the car's centerline, the camber is positive. Camber is measured in degrees.

While cornering, the outside tires are able to develop their maximum lateral forces when the camber is slightly negative (say, 1 degree or so). A motorcycle tire, due to its unique cross section, can develop this lateral force (called "camber thrust") at significantly greater angles.

You might wonder why the motorcycle tire design is not used on car tires. It happens that Mercedes is presently working...on an experimental basis...with a steering system and tire design which does utilize this technique. There is some debate as to whether the increase in camber thrust could ever compensate for the loss in tire patch area. The steering system also becomes quite complex.

It must be remembered that some steering angle is necessary to initiate a turn. Forty or fifty years ago, a Bonneville-type streamlined car was built which attempted to utilize camber only for steering. The intent was to reduce the size of the wheel wells. The car was a total flop! It simply wouldn't turn.

If you have any doubts about this, you might try preventing the handlebar rotation on your bicycle and attempt to steer it merely by leaning.
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