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Old 04-12-2018, 03:40 PM   #1
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Suspension noise identified, need help diagnosing a fix

Iíve been having this horrible creak coming from my HVT camber plate for months now.

I have finally determined it is from the main strut nut being too tight on the camber plate, and preventing motion of the bushing and bearing.

I find this strange because in the past I could crank 41lbs on the strut nut and I would have full aritcualation...camber plates have 90k miles on them.

A shop is saying the conical washer may have flattened over time? I have a track day this Sunday, and I want to make sure Iím doing everything the right way. The tube nut holding on the camber plate has 10 threads still attached but itís only on at around 10lbs.

Any ideas on why exactly I canít crank down my strut nut without it causing binding issues with the camber plate?

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These are the plates in question. That fancy Torrington bearing is actually made out of some not so fancy plastic. Is it possible that this has been crushed over the period over 90k miles? They have a gritty feeling when spinning them in my hand but they do still spin.
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Looks very similar to the camber plates kw sells, that little plastic bearing gets beat to hell but it still should work, sorry there's no better suggestions...
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Looks very similar to the camber plates kw sells, that little plastic bearing gets beat to hell but it still should work, sorry there's no better suggestions...
Itís ok, I have 90k miles on a discontinued camber plate lol.

I did fix the noise however. It was either everything not stacking corrctly (I would let the weight of the car line everything up) or it was the dust boot needing to be cut to fit over the inverted monotube strut. The hole is too narrow and gets stuck on the camber plate shelf of the strut.
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Just an update to this, the noise came back during my track day but it didn’t affect anything.

I may just replace these plates for Group N top hats, but does anyone know how much camber I can get with just camber bolts???

I’m dropped 20mm on stock diameter springs with 235/40/17 (245mm contact patch) on 17x9 +35.
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Just an update to this, the noise came back during my track day but it didnít affect anything.

I may just replace these plates for Group N top hats, but does anyone know how much camber I can get with just camber bolts???

Iím dropped 20mm on stock diameter springs with 235/40/17 (245mm contact patch) on 17x9 +35.
Using two of the camber bolts, on a new tire, I can get close to -3 (i only have about half an inch wheel-fender gap all around). On my old set at most -2.33 right now.
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For some reason it won't let me edit my post without deleting every... but to add to the top post, 16mm camber bolt on top and 14mm camber bolt at bottom. Left tire (driver) is old tire running at 5/32 tread (-2.33). New one on the right side (passenger) is at 8/32 tread (at -2.33 but was able to reach to -2.9 for some reason).
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