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Old 09-14-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default 85 GL Wagon camber problem


I recently replaced both fromt axles and ball joints in my 85 GL Wagon for the second time. I had lifetime warranty axles from Advanced Auto so I went there with the old ones to trade. The first set they brought me were quite a bit shorter than my old ones so they looked again and found some the same length. The installation went fine and the first test drive was OK. After a few trips the car started handling poorly so I looked it over and discovered the front wheels had alot of positive camber (like when you first set it down off the jack). I have exhausted all other resources and according to what I have read there is not a camber adjustment for this car. I did not disconnect the struts to remove the old axles and had no problem installing the new ones. I am at a loss and would like suggestions on what to look at. If someone has the correct length specs for this models axles, I would appreciate it.
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I have all but given up. I went back to the parts stores and rechecked the part numbers for the axles. The first set of axles measured 29". The listings indicate 27" is the correct length so I tried a pair. I got one side back together (sort of) and the inner joint is pulled so tight the wheel wouldn't turn.
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Old 09-16-2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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No camber adjustments on these at all.

Only way to get smoe caber adjustment is to get a camber plate set for any legacy/impreza/baja/forester/wrx/sti/etc and install them. They install the same as the new stuff.
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Old 09-18-2006, 01:02 PM   #3
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I already understand there is no camber adjustment. I don't understand what would make the wheels + camber after replacing the front axles and ball joints. The car is on stands now with the driver side axle pulled. I'm still looking for anything out of wack. Installing a camber plate set is probably not the right thing to do at this point. Any other ideas?
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Old 09-18-2006, 03:42 PM   #4
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If its 4WD, its normal for it to have up to +2.0 camber. The range, IIRC, is between +1.3 and +2.0 camber.

2WD's have nearly 0 with a range of +1.0 to -1.0

Caster is normally about +1.4 or so.

My RX features -3.5 camber and +4.0 caster. Obviously, it is a DRASTIC improvement over stock.
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:58 PM   #5
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This is an '85 GL 4wd wagon.

I have all but given up. I went back to the parts stores and rechecked the part numbers for the axles. The first set of axles measured 29". The listings indicate 27" is the correct length so I tried a pair. I got one side back together (sort of) and the inner joint is pulled so tight the wheel wouldn't turn. I'm still looking for advice from one of the wise old Subaru sages.
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Old 10-04-2006, 01:51 PM   #6
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I'm moving this to the steering, suspension forum in hopes of finding out more.
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:47 AM   #7
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I guess I will plug the USMB.... there may be someone on there that has encountered this problem before.

I had a problem on my brat where an axle hyperextended and it made things sit all goofy.

www.ultimatesubaru.org Lots of old schoolers there

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Old 10-05-2006, 09:21 PM   #8
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I guess I will plug the USMB.... there may be someone on there that has encountered this problem before.

I had a problem on my brat where an axle hyperextended and it made things sit all goofy.

www.ultimatesubaru.org Lots of old schoolers there
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Old 10-06-2006, 01:23 AM   #9
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Huh? It looks like I typed it right russ

(he he I was able to go back and edit it using my master powers)
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Huh? It looks like I typed it right russ

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