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Old 12-05-2002   #1 (permalink)
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Front End Alignment

How the hell do you do a front end alignment on our cars? I want to adjust the camber and the castor and the toe. I have a camber kit, so adjusting the camber is easy enough. I would like to make the car perfectly aligned before using the cmber kit though. The castor I'm not sure of. If anyone has a service manual, then please let me know if that information is in there. The toe I know you have to unbolt this one bolt on the tie rod, but do you have to take the tie rod off the strut assembly?
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Hrmm.. usually it takes special alignment tools to do this, and best if its done on a rack. Most tie-rods have one end thats backwards threaded, so when you spin the center of the rod it will make it longer or shorter to adjust toe. Whatever you do just make sure you make some stock reference marks first in case you have to default back to them.
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Any more information on a front end alignment? I need to know how to adjust my camber!
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front end alignments are not that good.. You need the rear wheels positioning to at least maintain proper front to rear supension and alignment dynamics..

I can do this by eye within 1 degree with the car on an alignment lift.
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How the hell do you do a front end alignment on our cars? I want to adjust the camber and the castor and the toe. I have a camber kit, so adjusting the camber is easy enough. I would like to make the car perfectly aligned before using the cmber kit though. The castor I'm not sure of. If anyone has a service manual, then please let me know if that information is in there. The toe I know you have to unbolt this one bolt on the tie rod, but do you have to take the tie rod off the strut assembly?[hr]
Here are the specifications for the front-end:
Front Caster - 1 degree 33 minutes +- 1 degree (not adustable)
Front Camber - 0 degrees 0 minutes +- 45 minutes (adjustable with adjusting bolts)
Front Toe-in - 0 +- 3mm (adjust by loosining the tie-rod locknut and turning the tie-rod. You do not need to take it off the strut)
Turning angle - 40 degrees inward and 31 degrees outward.
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Okay, now which bolts do I adjust the camber with? Are they the ones under the rotor and hub? [IMG]i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif[/IMG]
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You can replace either bolt (top or bottom) which connects the strut to the knuckle. With the honda adjusting bolts you can get up to 15' of change per bolt (i.e. 30' if both are replaced).
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That sucks, that's the only way? What are these "Honda adjusting bolts"? Where can I get them? The SPC camber kit I have up front might allow me to adjust the camber back to spec, but if I could get those "Honda adjusting bolts" that allow me to adjust the camber that much then I'de do that instead...
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Check item 21 on this DIY.

Camber Adjustment

Some posts with specs.

Some modified specs for lowered car.

Here's an adjusting bolt. Looks like the bolt head is cammed.

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That sucks, that's the only way? What are these "Honda adjusting bolts"? Where can I get them? The SPC camber kit I have up front might allow me to adjust the camber back to spec, but if I could get those "Honda adjusting bolts" that allow me to adjust the camber that much then I'de do that instead...[hr]
Well you only get at most 1/2 degree of change with both adjusting bolts (15' per bolt) from honda so you might need something else if you've really lowered the car. The part number for the adjusting bolts are 90188-S5A-000.
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