:stupid i run around 4* of camber and 1/4 on the toe.... if u really want to get technical, call Rudy at DFR at (480) 664-9860.... he started trying to explain it to me one day and it was like chinese to me :what ....... i know the basics, but he can tell u everything u need to know :yfzOriginally posted by rrussell@Jun 24 2004, 09:22 AM
THERE ARE DIFFERENT SETTINGS FOPR DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS. 3 DEGREES CAMBER, 3 DEGREES CASTOR AND 1/4" TOE IN IS FAIRLY COMMON...THERE WAS AN ARTICLE ON HERE SOMEWHERE
Best answer on the internet...Caster - it's the distance between the upper ball joint and lower, as viewed from a vertical plane. Stand directly above your upper ball joint and look straight down. If the upper BJ is rearward of the lower BJ, then you have positive caster. If the upper is forward of the lower, its negative caster. You will almost always want positive caster, typically 5-6 degrees. The more positive caster you have the steadier the ride, but the slower you'll turn. MX guys will run 3-4 degrees of caster so their ride is jumpier, but they turn on a dime. Duners are 5-6 degrees. Adjustment - if your a arms are adjustable, you will adjust the heim bolts which connect the a arms to the frame of the bike. Loosen and screw in or out to get the caster you need. if there are no heim bolts, then your arms are not caster adj. so don't worry about this.
Camber - its the lean of the tires: / \ is negative camber, \ / is positive camber. Typical settings are 2-3 degrees. Adjustment: take the carrier off the upper ball joint. Loosen the upper ball joint and screw in or out to get the adjustment you need. You can also adjust the lower ball joint as well if needed.
Toe - comparison of the leading edge of your tire to the most rearward point on the tire. Toe in is where the front of the tire is slightly closer together than the back hald. typical setting is 1/4" toe in - the front being closer than the rear. Adjustment: take a tape measure and measure from ridge to ridge on your sand tires the front measurement, then the back. adjust the tie rods (metal bars toward the rear of your arms, unscrew and spin the tie rod to adjust) so your front measurement is 1/4" smaller than your rear measurement.
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