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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Tue, Mar-03-2009, 01:45:41 AM   #1
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Default Camber plates with OEM stock springs?

Hi, anyone that has added camber plates to their OEM stock springs?

Can you tell me the max front camber you have been able to dial in?

Please post left and right numbers and whose plates you own...

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I would be surprised if a lot of people do this because the design of the suspension is such that the camber plates add ride height of maybe 1/4" to 1/3", and most people don't want to raise the car any more than it already sits. W/o gaining that height you can still get some decent neg. camber by simply removing the locating pins under the shock tower cap and moving the top of the struts inwards towards the engine. I suggest trying that "free and easy" camber mod first and seeing if you like it. How much neg. camber you get with plates will depend on the plates you choose, and whether they are adjustable or not. Dinan fixed plates give more modest camber because they are fixed and are designed for serious street but not necessarily the extremes you could run on a track. Track camber settings could eat the inner edges of your front tires in very few miles.
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I have Turner street camber plates on a stock suspension and have set them at -2.5 on the alignment rack with plenty of camber to spare. I have never measured them at the max but I'm sure -3.0 might be possible.
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If you rotate your stock top hat you can get up to 5deg negative camber.... its just a pain to adjust.

If you pull the pin and push the strut inwards. you get up to 1.9deg camber.
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Thanks, I have pulled the pins, I currently get-1.0 max.

I have a bizzarre requirement for my autocross club, I have a seperate post detailing them.

I cannot swap hats.

Has any one else added camber plates to stock springs?
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Thanks, I have pulled the pins, I currently get-1.0 max.

I have a bizzarre requirement for my autocross club, I have a seperate post detailing them.

I cannot swap hats.

Has any one else added camber plates to stock springs?
You do not need to swap hats... just remove the 3 bolts holding the strut to the tower... lower it.. rotate the top hat and reinstall... depending on which location you have it rotated to you will have anywhere from 3-5deg neg camber on stock top hats.
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I have a bizzarre requirement for my autocross club, I have a seperate post detailing them.
Link or post so we can help figure this out maybe?
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The better camber plates do NOT raise the ride height. Some even lower it a tad. Vorshlag plates, for example, will lower the front ride height about 1/4" with no other changes.
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Thanks, I have pulled the pins, I currently get-1.0 max.

I have a bizzarre requirement for my autocross club, I have a seperate post detailing them.

I cannot swap hats.

Has any one else added camber plates to stock springs?
What exactly are the rules?

They would allow camber plates but not allow swapping hats?

Is there wording that mentions adjustable vs. fixed camber plates?
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The better camber plates do NOT raise the ride height. Some even lower it a tad. Vorshlag plates, for example, will lower the front ride height about 1/4" with no other changes.
+1 Vorshlag plates are the best street track plates available, we use them in almost everything.
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