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Old 07-11-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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I have a few questions about camber plates. I drive a 2003 WRX and I'm thinking about ordering a set. I already have a pair of front camber bolts (uninstalled) but I don't want to readjust them every time I go racing. My car is also lowered about an inch or so on stock replacement struts (KYB) with Eibach springs. I've heard that certain camber plates raise your vehicle, but would it change the height much because I really like how my car sits. Are there any brands that are better than the others or anything recommended? Also, if anyone has had any experience with camber plates any info would be appreciated. I've been looking at the MSI Street front mounts on TiC.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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The majority of camber plates will raise the front about 3/8". I believe there are a few companies out there who put some effort into designing camber plates which do not change the ride height or even lower the ride height a bit. Ground Control, Racecomp Engineering, and something TiC worked on come to mind.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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Don't know if they are still available, but the Hotchkis plates kept the ride height the same. Also keep in mind if you end up getting plates, that if you add more negative camber (say, before an autocross), you will have to adjust the toe. when adding negative camber, the front toe goes toe-out. it will destroy the inside shoulder of your front tires in practically no time at all. when i used to autocross, I had marks on my camber plates and marks on my tie rods so that I could adjust both at the same time.

I eventually stopped running my plates because of the increased understeer it caused in slippery conditions. the factory rubber strut bearings are compliant and allow the camber to change a bit when turning. this is bad on a dry, high grip road, but quite good on rainy or snowy days. even when setting my camber to 0 degrees I still had bad understeer in the rain simply because of the non-compliance of the rigid camber plates. keep in mind that the front spring rate effectively goes up too, which is also a contributing factor to understeer. all that being said, if you want to do well in autocross or track events, camber plates with a proper alignment are awesome...until it rains
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