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Old 04-13-2003, 08:35 PM   #6
ITWRX4ME
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Marshall, Virginia
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2001 Miata
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Well, I finally figured it out. Now let's see if I can explain it.

First, the order is as follows:

Bolt-->washer-->strut-->spindle-->strut-->nut

The washer has two tabs; a small one that protrudes from the hole in the middle and a large one that protrudes at an angle from the outer edge. I still don't really understand it's function but I do understand now how it fits.

You put the washer on the bolt with the small tab pointing away from the bolt head(toward the strut). Since the shank of the bolt, between the head and the cam, is smaller than the hole in the strut, there is room for the tab to go into the hole on the same side as the high side of the cam. Piece of cake.

The tabs are on opposite sides of the washer. Start with the tabs perpendicular to ground, the small pointing toward you and large tab pointing away. With the bolt seated, turn it about a quarter turn in each direction to see how the spindle changes angle. There is actually a triangle stamped into the bolt head that points to the highest part of the cam lobe. When turning the bolt you can find the point when the spindle is between positive and negative camber and etch a mark on the strut where the triangle points. A deviation from that mark will result in positive camber in one direction and negative in the other.

Hope this is of some use. I just finished my spring install and am happy as a clam. It's driveable enough for me to get it to an alignment shop tomorrow.
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