Hilo length, ride height and camber query (13 replies)
Ride height, camber, caster, Tracking
Ride height, camber, caster and tracking all affect each other.
You'll need some camber and caster gauges and a tracking bar.
The best place to start is to get the ride height correct. Set the tracking just to toe out about 1/16'
If you can get the side to side corner weights the same. I used to do this on my Mini Miglia by putting weight in the driving seat equivalent to my body weight but then I only drove the car in anger alone.
On a road car where often there will be a passenger then get each side the same with the car empty.
Clearly the 1.5deg arms are not adjustable but the tie bars you have appear to be. So adjust the tie bars to give about 3 degrees caster each side. Then check the camber. Hopefully it should be somewhere just negative. Then set the tracking again.
Check the camber and caster again. You may need to re-adjust a bit.
You can go round in circles to get a decent set up.
At the back if you can set the camber to about 1/2degree and the tracking just to toe in slightly.
I have pretty much the same setup on my project car but I haven't started to set it up yet.
At the back I have slotted the outer radius brackets and put a washer behind the nut to weld in position when I have got the camber right.
The rear tracking can be set with shims behind the bracket. Get it the same both sides so that the car does not crab down the road.
All this worth it. The car will handle much better set up right.
The Subframes and other suspension components are notoriously way out from the ideal spec.
I have had problems with front ride height measuring from wing lips , some replacement wings arent the same both sides . I usually double check by measuring from the sill lip to the floor both sides to see if the car is level . 😉
mini-mender 200 wrote: "I have had problems with front ride height measuring from wing lips , some replacement wings arent the same both sides . I usually double check by measuring from the sill lip to the floor both sides to see if the car is level . ;)"
Wings are also easily bent and distorted, Wheel arch extensions also confuse the issue. So i prefer measuring from the ends of the sills too.