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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-24-2011, 09:52 AM
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Negative Camber on E60

Are E60's supposed to have negative camber on both front and rear tires? I just replaced all four run-flats with Conti ExtremeContact DWS tires because they were all worn out from the inside shoulders.
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I think all BMWs have negative camber. How many miles did the tires last? If they wear out prematurely, you should consider having an alignment done.
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:20 PM
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Typically camber is set negative for both front and rear.

Front is around -1.3 deg with about .7 deg tolerance on either side.

Rear is around -2.3 deg with about 1.2 deg tolerance on it.

I only know this as I had my Indy shop print out all this stuff when I had an alignment done last fall.

I've owned and driven BMW's for many years. All have had camber set negative on all 4 wheels. If the cars are driven agressively the tires seem to wear evenly (as that's what negative camber does. It lets the inside tires sit flat to the road in turns). Driven like a Camry, the tires will wear on the insides.

If you tend to drive less aggressively, ask your alignment shop to set the car up with the least amount of negative camber as is possible and still be in spec. That will help your tire life and you propobabley won't notice any difference in handling.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:38 PM
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Yeah, for even tire wear, Mike Miller at Roundel recommends taking aggressive (and safe) turns when you can - after all, it's a BMW, however don't be aggressive when starting from stop (BMW isn't for drag race).
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