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Old 01-13-2013, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by smayo964 View Post
... when I got my Z I found there were shims in my right front on the (2) lower bolts for camber (3 each)...
Sounds like a previous owner had some structural damage to the suspension, and extra washers were used under the two lower strut mount bolts to correct the camber.
Those bolts already have a thick washer under them, and are short with not many threads, and require LockTite. Adding two more washers on each of those bolts to correct a misalignment sounds like a workaround that cantilevers the short bolts out of their holes and reduces their holding power. There must be a reason those bolts were shimmed out of the steering arm.
I doubt that it is an approved method of correcting camber misalignment in a Z3 which has no camber adjustment. If the factory camber must be modified for track use etc, kits like these are used:
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