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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Jan-27-2017, 04:55:58 PM   #1
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Default Modify strut hats for camber adjustability?

One of these days I might make an intro/journal thread...

I have a 98 with pretty trashed strut hats. They are currently swapped which put me at about -4 deg per side. I think a previous owner slotted the upper bolt hole on the bottom of the strut and I didn't notice when reassembling resulting in the higher than usual swapped sides camber. I am going on a road trip in the M3 so I plan to bring my camber number back down to avoid shredding my tires during the couple thousand mile highway trip.

I'm planning to get some 95 hats and anticipating that putting me around -2 to -2.5 deg.

I am a mechanical engineer at a metal fabrication shop. I was thinking that camber plates are basically a slotted strut hat with a bolt carrier plate that keeps the bolts in place and clamps the hat to the tower when tightened. Both of those are things I could do in the shop.

Has anybody made their oem hats into adjustable camber plates? If so, how was the process and result?
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Default Re: Modify strut hats for camber adjustability?

Never heard of anyone slotting the upper bolt hole. Most people will add washers between the strut and hub on the lower bolt holes though. You can gain half a degree there.

Installed with the arrows forward you don't have much camber adjustment to work with modifying the stock mounts. Maybe if you cut the top off using your own or used them in a different position.

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Default Re: Modify strut hats for camber adjustability?

And more if combined with the upper camber correction bolt.
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