27th April 2013, 00:46
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DIY adjust front camber without plates
My new M5 has H&R springs in the front. First alignment on her the front camber was out of spec too far. I was going to get camber plates but i wanted to try something first. Most bmw's have a slight bit of adjustment for front camber, approx .5*. You adjust it by slackening the front strut nuts and sliding the strut left or right. So I took the dremel and extended the holes where the upper strut mount studs go through the tower. I did another alignment a few days ago and now the readings are in spec. Im going to extend them a bit more so I can get it closer to where I want it. Unfortunately I didnt print out the specs from the first alignment but I know the front camber was in the red. Now after adjusting it, back in the green(in spec).
Correct me if im wrong with my specs.
E39 M5 front camber spec -1.0* to 0.0*
mine are currently
left -0*40' right -0*46'
so if my conversion is correct -40 minutes/-46 minutes converts to approx,
left -.65* right -.77*
Last edited by nightkrawler; 27th April 2013 at 02:01.