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Old 08-13-2016, 09:54 PM   #1
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Excessive camber one wheel

OK so I'm new to BMW's and i just bought a 2000 323Ci and the guy before me put on adjustable coilovers which lowered it and made the camber negative which isn't a big deal but the rear passenger side is noticleably cambered in more than the driver side and front. I went to a BMW deakership to have an alignment down and he couldn't do it to spec and the right was around -3 or -4 i belive while the left was around -2 or -3 i dont exactly remember besides the fact that it was almost a one degree differnce. I plan on getting adjustable camber arms which I would think help. But what could be the cause of one wheel having that much more negative camber than the others?
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:17 PM   #2
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OK so I'm new to BMW's and i just bought a 2000 323Ci and the guy before me put on adjustable coilovers which lowered it and made the camber negative which isn't a big deal but the rear passenger side is noticleably cambered in more than the driver side and front. I went to a BMW deakership to have an alignment down and he couldn't do it to spec and the right was around -3 or -4 i belive while the left was around -2 or -3 i dont exactly remember besides the fact that it was almost a one degree differnce. I plan on getting adjustable camber arms which I would think help. But what could be the cause of one wheel having that much more negative camber than the others?

Many things can cause this, we need more info from you to give a decent diagnosis/plan to fix your issue.


1) A print out of your failed alignment.

2) Quality close up pics of your chassis.

3) Measurement from the center of the wheel hub up to the fender on all 4 wheels.

A simple fix once a few things are determined would be to raise the chassis up a bit, remember that the lower you go the more negative camber you automatically get.



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Nitrous is a little trickier than boost, but it's not the spray that kills motors, it's STUPIDITY!!
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:31 PM   #3
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I have the back raised all the way up currently.
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:32 PM   #4
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I have the back raised all the way up currently.

Great, but again this doesn't tell us anything...



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Old 08-13-2016, 11:37 PM   #5
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I can try to get some pics tomorrow but and I don't know if I can get a print out of my alignment though and I can get the measurements tomorrow as well.
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:43 PM   #6
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I've looked around some and I'm not sure if it could be the rear trailing arm bushings going bad?
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:18 AM   #7
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It could be but why didn't the dealer try to sell you the repair? Maybe he didn't want to work on your car any more, or he figured you'd say "no" anyway, or maybe that's not the issue.
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Ok so I'm not sure if this could cause the camber problem I'm guessing not but I did find this. The rear differential crossmember is cracked pretty good and it looks like the frame underneath is cracked as well. So have either of you ever replaced that or had to mess with it?
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Upon further examination after taking the cross brace off it was obviously cracked fully in half but then this is what I found after removing it. On the left is the sub frame mount which doesn't look the greatest and I can move the bolt around that is in the mount. On the right is under the cross member the threads are just sitting in there and I can take them out so they aren't even doing anything.
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The good news is, it looks like you found the source of the camber trouble.
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:36 PM   #11
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