shock clearance

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shock clearance

Post by Rip » Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:52 pm

got a bit of clearance issues with the front end of my ball joing bug.


1-2 deg of neg camber
spacers 9.5mm
wheel 17x7
ET 35mm

the inside rim is getting close to the shock tower I don't have the body on it yet, but when i bounce the front it will hit the tire pretty quick. Was wondering if this was a problem for anyone else.

wondering if the suspension gains neg camber through out its motion, may be I got too much neg camber to start, because if the above statment is true i'll probably have too much when the body goes on, ( as the front isn't loaded, it will still drop a bit with the wieght of the body) so I can back off of it now. If this isn't the case I have no clue, and need help


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Post by Victor H » Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:12 pm

I've had the same problem trying to run -2.0 degrees of negative camber with a 195/60/15 tire. It's possible to grind some extra clearance on the top of the shock tower, but I elected to just run -1.5 degrees and it's fine throughout its suspension travel. As opposed to the rear, my impression is that there is not that much camber change through the front's suspension travel.

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Post by Bruce2 » Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:12 am

Victor H wrote:.... there is not that much camber change through the front's suspension travel.
Relative to the chassis, there is zero camber change through the susp travel on a torsion bar Beetle.

Get your grinder out. That will fix your clearance issues.

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