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Old 01-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Experience With Camber Plates?

I am considering camber plates for the track but I don't want any serious negative issues with them on the street such as noise. Yes, I know TT control arms are another way to get some camber without any adverse effects on the street. However, I am doing NASA TT and aftermarket control arms cost me 4 pts while camber plates cost me none.

I have run Vorshlag camber plates on a '99 M3 with no noise or other problems on the street. Vorshlag and Ground Control also make camber plates for the Mark V/VI, as does H2 Sport. Does anyone have any experience with camber plates on the Mark V/VI? If so, what were your experiences in terms of street and track?

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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to start this out, here are some links...
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I cut the tether off. When I get to the pump, I remove the cap and chuck it into the nearest bush, patch of trees, or some sort of wet lands. I pump gas. Then I spend anywhere from 5 to 165 minutes retrieving the cap. I screw it back on and drive away. I'm not letting it dangle against the paint and I don't know any better way.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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I have Ground Control camber plates. Not too hard to install and I certainly didn't cut the top of the strut tower. You can adjust the camber from underneath with the GC camber plates and I got them set to -2 when getting an alignment (and haven't changed it since).

Better turn in at the track and faster tire wear on the street
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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I have Ground Control camber plates. Not too hard to install and I certainly didn't cut the top of the strut tower. You can adjust the camber from underneath with the GC camber plates and I got them set to -2 when getting an alignment (and haven't changed it since).

Better turn in at the track and faster tire wear on the street
You didnt have to remove the struts to adjust and just could jack the car up to adjust the plates?
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You didnt have to remove the struts to adjust and just could jack the car up to adjust the plates?
Yes.
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Appreciate the links...the cutting the strut tower is a little disconcerting but apparently necessary if you want to access through the top. The Bruce had a good suggestion in the last link of only cutting a portion of the strut tower.
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I have Ground Control camber plates. Not too hard to install and I certainly didn't cut the top of the strut tower. You can adjust the camber from underneath with the GC camber plates and I got them set to -2 when getting an alignment (and haven't changed it since).

Better turn in at the track and faster tire wear on the street
Other than increased tire wear, have you experienced any other drawbacks such as noise/rattling...etc.? If you wanted to, are you able to get more than 2 degrees camber on the GCs?

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Do the camber plates raise the ride hieght at all?
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Other than increased tire wear, have you experienced any other drawbacks such as noise/rattling...etc.? If you wanted to, are you able to get more than 2 degrees camber on the GCs?

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Some small amount of knock when going over bumps on the street.
I think you can go slightly more than 2 degrees (but not much more) with the 'street/touring' plates. They have a race version which allows you to do more and also more caster adjustment.

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Do the camber plates raise the ride hieght at all?
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Appreciate the links...the cutting the strut tower is a little disconcerting but apparently necessary if you want to access through the top. The Bruce had a good suggestion in the last link of only cutting a portion of the strut tower.
To be honest I don't know if cutting weakens stiffness at all. The plate itself
should be stiff enough. The need to cut it depends on:

- damper (damping adjustment knobs)
- camber only or camber + caster adjustability
- adjustability from underneath like Erwan's GC plates
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Excellent info guys...much appreciated.
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BUMP from the dead..... had the ST XTA kit installed with camber plates, currently getting my strut mounts cut today to access the damping adjustment easier but mainly to access the 4 camber plate allen key screws to adjust camber on the fly from the top.
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Good stuff Ryan. Was googling Ground Control camber plates when I ran into the pic of you dremmeling the strut tower tops like Dave did, and your car looks British racing green in that light!
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