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post #11 of 17 Old 1st December 2018, 11:22 PM
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Are longer bolts needed?
Yes. Good time to change to studs and never worry about it again. There are black plastic caps (VW I think) that fit over the nut and from 5 feet away you can't tell the difference.

As to camber, there is a range. So depending on how wide the wheels are, set it somewhere in the range and monitor your wear. I would max out the fronts, set the rears about the same. Max front is about 1.25 degrees from memory.

It seems toe in has at least as much effect on wear as camber, so set toe in sparingly.

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Front camber is non-adjustable on the E39 without installing camber plates. It's usually between -0.5 and -1.0, stock.

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I run a square setup on stock springs. 3mm spacers will slightly rub the shock tower at full steering lock.

Ps- even with my 3mm spacers, I wish I could dial in just a bit of neg camber to match the rear.
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Camber plates are a great addition to our cars since it is non-adjustable from the factory. I consider camber plates along with wheel studs a required "support modification" for square set, or any M5 that might see an occasional track day.

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I run a square setup on stock springs. 3mm spacers will slightly rub the shock tower at full steering lock.

Ps- even with my 3mm spacers, I wish I could dial in just a bit of neg camber to match the rear.
apoligies for the late response, but I do have a follow-up question. if 3mm front rubs the shock tower, do you think a 4-5mm (hub-centric) spacer would be enough to eliminate all scrubbing?

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apoligies for the late response, but I do have a follow-up question. if 3mm front rubs the shock tower, do you think a 4-5mm (hub-centric) spacer would be enough to eliminate all scrubbing?

Some tires won't rub. My Hankooks didn't, but the Pilot SS just barely kiss the tube with aggressive driving as evidenced by the light rub mark. But, it doesn't affect anything performance or reliability wise. Go with the thicker spacer if you wan that look but you may run into issues with the fender lip depending on your camber setting. 3mm is good to go with stock rear wheels.

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