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    17s and coilovers

    Will i have any trouble getting the tracking done, basically i was gonna get coilovers fitted, get tracking done at high ride hight then winde them down, as once there tracked raising and lowering the suspension shouldnt knock the camber out should it?
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    Lowering adjusts the camber but shouldn't affect the tracking - remember tracking and camber are two different things. I have difficulty finding somewhere local to me that can adjust the camber on my car.

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    can you explain the difference to me, so if i fit the coilovers and lower the suspension the camber will change? what effect wil both camber and tracking have on my car
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    Tracking is the direction the wheels point in, i.e either pointing inwards or outwards, too much either way will cause excessive wear on the edges of the tyres, and/or the steering wheel won't be straight when the car is.

    Camber is the angle the wheels sit at vertically, hard to explain in words so see this pic



    If your changing struts you could knock the tracking out when swapping bits over (the garage that fitted mine did), but once set back up lowering shouldn't effect it. However when lowering the car your lowering the centre of gravity and that will/could alter the camber.

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    Your best off setting the car how you want it then getting the camber and tracking done.
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    iv heard alot of garages cant do camber if lowered to much?

    i was contemplating getting the eccentric topmounts that fit on the top of the struts, like these

    For all your bodywork in the north west,

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    Spoke with a auto shop manager recently and he seems to indicate that if you change your tires from 15" to 17" it is almost automatic that you will have to camber your tires.

    If you chage your tires from 15" to 17" but with almost identical diameters do you still need to camber your tires? Kindly explain further..

    cheers!

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