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Old 08-07-2009, 08:48 PM   #1
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So I've had my rex for 3 years now, I've been through 5 sets of tires prematurely. Every time my front right tire always has an abnormal amount of camber wear(I think its called, inside 2 inches or so) while the remainder stays fine , and have to try to rotate accordingly to make it last. I'm at the point where I rotate and get my alignment checked(at various places to ensure) every month and 1/2, I've even had that entire strut replaced. I by no means drive a lot, I've put on 60k in 3 years. Been happening through 3 different sets of wheels as well.

Running out of ideas as to what I can do to avoid going through 2 sets of tires a year, anyone have any thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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So I've had my rex for 3 years now, I've been through 5 sets of tires prematurely. Every time my front right tire always has an abnormal amount of camber wear(I think its called, inside 2 inches or so) while the remainder stays fine
that is almost always a toe issue and NOT camber


this is one of THE most misunderstood issues about tire wear

it is impossible to get enough negative camber to eat tires without using aftermarket parts

that or your car is bent

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Old 08-09-2009, 11:01 AM   #3
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yeah my friends car was in an accident and that has caused the specs of his alignment angle to be off. his thrust angle was way off as well. its something you should check out, you might have bent suspension component(s).. so my guess is that the camber which is more visible, in conjunction with bad toe will eat tires really fast, like uncle scotty said its not camber alone that will do it.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:24 PM   #4
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+ 1 for toe problem. For some reason many shops can not properly aligned the WRX. Find a good shop that know the WRX for alignment. Camber should not be causing your tires to wear unless you running -3 on the street. On your case it is more likely a toe out problem.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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+ 1 for toe problem. For some reason many shops can not properly aligned the WRX. Find a good shop that know the WRX for alignment. Camber should not be causing your tires to wear unless you running -3 on the street. On your case it is more likely a toe out problem.
actually....I have run -2.9 on the street and had no issues and even tire wear

I added some positive caster and that made it possible to reduce camber a bit....to ~ -2.5
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:37 PM   #6
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Is your steering wheel straight while your driving or does it pull in one direction? Also do you get print out of your alignment, if so what are the readings for front camber and toe? I know of some good alignment shops in my area including mine but your a little far away. You said you have it checked but do you have it adjusted?
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:22 AM   #7
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a band-aid would be to demount. flip. and remount the tire so the wear is on the other side .. but thats only a solution to make your tires wear long.. not to solve the problem

once you get the problem fixed it should handle and feel better im guessing
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:20 AM   #8
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many shops just set alignent angles to accpetable ranges which is a standard practice but, all wheel drive vehicles really need a more precise alignemnt than others. Take it to a shop and tell them you want the toe angle to be set at EXACTLY ZERO ... not close to zero ... EXACTLY ZERO
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:18 PM   #9
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Yep I go crazy when I go to the alignment shop and they don't get the car into the specs that I like. Most shops don't understand the word Zero. I have a life time alignment at firestone they hate me.
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