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Camber Bolt Kit Installation - Rear End

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject:  Camber Bolt Kit Installation - Rear End Reply with quote

2004 Impala LS, 3.8 L V6. Original owner. Original tires-Goodyear Eagle GA Touring 97S. Vehicle has 45,000 miles.

While rotating tires noticed substantial wear on outer edge of all four wheels while inner edges looked more normal but cupping apparent.

Alignment shop stated both rear wheel cambers as being -1.3 and a camber bolt kit on both sides would need to be installed as GM does not include provisions for adjustment at the factory. They quoted me $300 to install. How does this compare to experiences with private shops and dealers?

Looked over the rear end last night. Can remove the nuts for the strut mounting bolts, but not the bolts. Don't have a wrench for the "racetrack" shaped bolt heads. Lightly tapping bolt end didn't work.

Anyone been through a camber bolt kit installation on this year/model?

If so, wouldn't mind some direction as to whether this can be a DIY project or just take it to the dealer where the vehicle was purchased.

Scouring the net and YouTube for information, but not much directly pertaining to what I have. To some extent, have picked on there being different types of kits, camber capacity, kit sources, etc., but not sure which way to go.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 10:23 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you have the appropriate wrenches, a hammer and some other assorted tools you can certainly do it yourself (nothing is a purpose built tool for this job). All you need to do is remove the top strut to knuckle bolt and replace it with a camber bolt.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 12:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the insight.

Where does one come by the wrench to remove the upper strut mounting bolt or is this one a pound out? The head is an oval race track shape.

Is there any force being applied to the strut mount bolts such that the wheel knuckle/strut need to be elevated somewhat to relieve it so the strut bolt can be more easily pushed out? Not much hammer swingin' room.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You pound the bolt out, I'd screw the nut on a few threads and place a block of wood between the hammer and the nut, so you don't screw up the end of the bolt. The bolt is actually splined, so it won't spin in the hole, its not something you can twist out. You can do it while the car's jacked up off the ground, there won't be any pressure on it. You'll need an alignment obviously afterwords.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 3:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thank you.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

sunflowerchevrolet wrote:
Thanks for the insight.

Where does one come by the wrench to remove the upper strut mounting bolt or is this one a pound out? The head is an oval race track shape.

Is there any force being applied to the strut mount bolts such that the wheel knuckle/strut need to be elevated somewhat to relieve it so the strut bolt can be more easily pushed out? Not much hammer swingin' room.

Thanks.


If the splines don't hold the bolt in place you are going to need a box wrench to hold the bolt in place. Something like 18 or 19 mm if memory serves me correctly.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What is the best quality brand of camber kit to use? GM or otherwise? Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have Ingalls cambolts on my car and they work great.

http://www.amazon.com/Ingalls-.....B000CODC7W

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