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This is a discussion on SS Factory Alignment different than non SS models within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Based upon this thread.... http://www.ls1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24065 ....can I assume the SS alignment is the same as all other camaro models? I ...

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    SS Factory Alignment different than non SS models

    Based upon this thread.... Factory Alignment Specifications for Camaro, Corvette, Firebird, and GTO ....can I assume the SS alignment is the same as all other camaro models?

    I have an SS convertible, and it's in need of an alignment. I want to get the most aggressive/best alignment possible for cornering and autocross. Car is also a daily driver & is also lowered 2".

    Any input is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 SS Vert View Post
    Based upon this thread.... Factory Alignment Specifications for Camaro, Corvette, Firebird, and GTO ....can I assume the SS alignment is the same as all other camaro models?

    I have an SS convertible, and it's in need of an alignment. I want to get the most aggressive/best alignment possible for cornering and autocross. Car is also a daily driver & is also lowered 2".

    Any input is appreciated.
    i just got mine done at firestone. As far as i know it is just a regular laser alignment, nothing diff than a Z28 alignment.. my car handles like a dream now. i paid 139.99 and that is for a lifetime alignment, the guy said that if i wanted to i could get an alignment everyday FOR FREE if i wanted. i think that it is very worth it because i have coil-overs so i can adjust ride height.

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    You know what caster and camber you went with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9T8W66 View Post
    Great link...thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    I posted this in the first post of this thread, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 SS Vert View Post
    I posted this in the first post of this thread, lol.

    sorry spacing out!

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    Go to Matlock tire in Farragut and see a guy named Dupree. He will let you stand there until you get the specs right, and he does several guys over on ETR.

    Max out your negative camber, go with about +4.5 caster, and add some toe out. Mine seems to like 1/32nds but it increased the wear on my tires.

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    specs are the same. and you dont really wanna go away from factory specs because your tires will wear like crazy. i aligned my own car at my shop with a hunter DSP machine. set it to within .001 of spec. tires wear great and drives and handles perfect. you'd never notice any difference in adjusting for "better performance" during street driving. in fact youd prob only ever notice it if you were a pro driver on a track. and thats a lot of trial and error. but is that really worth the tire wear?

    since yours is lowered, as mine was. you will def need the camber and caster adjusted. you may be better off taking it to the dealer because there is a special tool required to adjust those on a 4th gen. i had to borrow it from a local dealer. if you take it somewhere else id make sure they adjust that. i know some of our techs are lazy and would just adjust toe to save time. people think if their car drives straight then their alignment is good. can never really trust any shop....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01badz28 View Post
    Go to Matlock tire in Farragut and see a guy named Dupree. He will let you stand there until you get the specs right, and he does several guys over on ETR.

    Max out your negative camber, go with about +4.5 caster, and add some toe out. Mine seems to like 1/32nds but it increased the wear on my tires.
    from the looks of your picture in your signature, you do some road racing or circuit stuff, but people like me who keep in on the street 99% of the time, i wouldnt go out of factory specs. like you said it increased your tire wear. i like to squeeze every bit of tread out of my tires. plus your car will ride better overall, especially on the highway. thats just my 2 cents, but i have aligned a lot of cars....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfranks View Post
    from the looks of your picture in your signature, you do some road racing or circuit stuff, but people like me who keep in on the street 99% of the time, i wouldnt go out of factory specs. like you said it increased your tire wear. i like to squeeze every bit of tread out of my tires. plus your car will ride better overall, especially on the highway. thats just my 2 cents, but i have aligned a lot of cars....
    Mines pretty much a autocross whore / garage queen these days. When it was my DD I did run -1.0 negative camber, about +3.0 caster, and zero toe and didn't notice any additional wear.

    I'm 99.9% certain I know the OP (otherwise there is another slammed Camaro SS that runs autocrosses in Knoxville) which is why I made the suggestions I did.

    I can honestly say that they made a huge difference in the car's performance, however, it is at the expense of extra front tire wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01badz28 View Post
    Mines pretty much a autocross whore / garage queen these days. When it was my DD I did run -1.0 negative camber, about +3.0 caster, and zero toe and didn't notice any additional wear.

    I'm 99.9% certain I know the OP (otherwise there is another slammed Camaro SS that runs autocrosses in Knoxville) which is why I made the suggestions I did.

    I can honestly say that they made a huge difference in the car's performance, however, it is at the expense of extra front tire wear.
    well i never said it would make a difference in that application. but like i said its not worth the tire wear for a street car. i mean how fast are you really cornering through the four way stop?

    i think we can both agree on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfranks View Post
    well i never said it would make a difference in that application. but like i said its not worth the tire wear for a street car. i mean how fast are you really cornering through the four way stop?
    The OP isn't talking about a four way stop:

    Quote Originally Posted by 01 SS Vert View Post
    I want to get the most aggressive/best alignment possible for cornering and autocross. Car is also a daily driver & is also lowered 2".


    I'm not disagreeing with you at all that an aggressive alignment will cause extra wear, merely addressing the OPs concerns. I don't see where he asked for "maximum tire wear" which is where you are coming from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01badz28 View Post
    The OP isn't talking about a four way stop:





    I'm not disagreeing with you at all that an aggressive alignment will cause extra wear, merely addressing the OPs concerns. I don't see where he asked for "maximum tire wear" which is where you are coming from.
    sorry i didnt even see the autocross part, my bad. i was talking purely street cars.

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    I have an SS convertible too... same specs.
    try getting the following:

    toe = 0
    castor = +4.5'
    camber = -0.5' (or whatever maximum negative camber you can get if you can't get it, if still on stock springs)
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