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Old 05-08-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
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Cant set camber on a tj?

Is it true that you cant set the camber on a tj when getting an alignment. because my dad picked up my jeep for me the other night, and he just remembered to tell me that they said "jeeps need an aftermarket ball bearing to make it possible to adjust camber" or maybe something else he couldnt remember which one... haha. Im just suprised he remembered to tell me. wish I would have gotten to pick it up myself, but I had work. anyways, I also got a print out of my alignment so if someone can link me to the chart with the correct range of toe in camber caster etc so I can check out how well they did, id appreciate it !

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Old 05-08-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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Not sure if they have an aftermarket ball joint to adjust camber but he's right you can't adjust stock camber on a solid axle Jeep.

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That is true, the camber angle is not adjustable without the use of aftermarket ball joints.

Here are the specs...

CASTER 7° ± 1 .0°
CAMBER (fixed angle) -0.25 0 ± 0.630
WHEEL TOE-IN (each wheel) 0 .15° ± 0.15°
THRUST ANGLE 0 ± 0 .15°

Caution that the above Caster angle is only for stock size tires. The bigger the tire, the less Caster angle that is desirable. For example, the correct Caster angle for 35" tires is 4.5 to 5 degrees.

Regarding the Camber angle, most Jeeps are long worn-out before the Camber angle needs to be put back into spec.... or wheeled very hard with big tires.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:21 AM   #4
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How much are adjustable ball joints? what else do u need ?
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How much are adjustable ball joints? what else do u need ?
if you're going to install them yourself, you'll need a ball joint press, ball joint adapters, torque wrench, 13mm 12 pt socket. If you want to pull the shaft away from the unit bearing...as in replacing the unit bearing which is a good idea while you're doing this, then you'll also need an impact, 36mm socket, needle nose pliers and a torque wrench good for 175 ft-lbs.

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Then you'll need to get another alignment to verify ball joint placement and camber correction, and correct toe-in. Also note adjustable ball joints can change caster.
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Is this a road worth going down? Adjustable ball joints?
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Is this a road worth going down? Adjustable ball joints?
Not for most of us. I've never had the need to install them and if I ever needed new ball joints, I'd just go with standard non-adjustable ball joints. Adjustable ball-joints are really more for when something is bent and you need adjustability to restore the correct camber angle.
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Thanks for the help everyone and jerry for the specs. good info

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