Camber Kit or Bending?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by ravelation, Jul 10, 2004.

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    ravelation Guest

    We took the Civic to the Alignment shop to diagnose the tire wear
    problem. First step was two new tires on the front. Now, they offer two
    ways to fix the problem--
    install a camber kit for $240. or physically bend the knuckle dealy for
    $55. each side.
    Downside to the bending is if the suspension gets changed, ie: raised,
    you have to rebend it. A camber kit would allow adjustment.

    Bearing in mind this is the Frankenstein Civic (it looks great, but is
    put together with multiple year parts), I'm leaning toward bending the
    metal. Has anyone heard any horror stories from this method? Does this
    increase the odds of something breaking?
    ravelation, Jul 10, 2004
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    Mista Bone Guest

    maybe replacing the already bent parts would be a better idea.
    Mista Bone, Jul 10, 2004
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    E. Meyer Guest

    I have had suspension parts on several cars (three Hondas, an Acura & a Ford
    truck) bent by the frame shop when the unadjustable parameters were no
    longer in spec. Never had a problem afterwards. What they are doing is
    basically returning it to its original position/shape.

    A reputable shop will recommend the kit (if there is a kit) before they bend
    anything. I would let them bend it. If it doesn't work out, you can
    always install the kit or replace the out-of-spec parts.
    E. Meyer, Jul 10, 2004
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    jim beam Guest

    personally, i'd go with the kit. if they're going to bend anything it
    should be the frame not the control arms because the upper arm needs to
    either get longer or be set out further. and the trouble with bending
    the frame is that if you sell it at any time, the buyer may have a hell
    of a job adjusting the ride height again if they chose to. so
    personally, i think it would pay more on resale for the car that's been
    done right rather than the one that's been fudged - frankenstein or not.
    jim beam, Jul 11, 2004
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    SoCalMike Guest

    no offense, but by the time most teenage boys get done with civics, they
    arent worth reselling. theyre beat, pimped out, and full of
    dubious-quality aftermarket crap.

    generally, every dollar spent on "enhancements" takes a dollar from the
    true value of the car.

    eg: a stock civic with a blue book value of $7000.

    add $2000 in wheels, drop kit, stickers, wings, and the car is now worth
    SoCalMike, Jul 11, 2004
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    jim beam Guest

    agreed. i guess i was saying that /my/ opinion of value is even lower
    of the car that's been bent vs. the one that's been reversibly modded.
    /neither/ enhance value.
    jim beam, Jul 11, 2004
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    TomP Guest

    You are implying by the comment, ("ie: raised"), that the car is
    lowered. If this is the case, I see no reason not to bend the knuckles.
    Sounds like your alignment shop does this on a regular basis, so hopefully
    knows what they are doing.
    That's matter of taste... ;-o


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    TomP, Jul 11, 2004
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    ravelation Guest

    Ha! You know the SoCal market well! There are the other teens though,
    who drool at the car and 'say' they'll give you $9k. Show me the money!!
    ravelation, Jul 11, 2004
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    ravelation Guest

    In answer to TomP- (can't seem to capture your words)

    Yes, the car is lowered. It's also had accidents and frame bending
    already done. Surprisingly though, it drives nice and straight. It just
    chews tires like there's no tomorrow.

    Regarding the looks of the car-- Even the stuffy ol' bitty across the
    street came out of her dungeon to tell me how nice the car was. It's a
    tastefully modded black Coupe.
    ravelation, Jul 11, 2004
  10. I would just tell them to bend away.
    Alex Rodriguez, Jul 12, 2004
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    ravelation Guest

    That's exactly what I did. I can 'see' the difference in the wheel
    alignment. The wheel now sits straight, rather than tilted in.

    Got it all done in the nick o' time--my 17 year old son just got hired
    at Bank of America and will be driving an hour to Ventura for teller
    school next week. Can we hear a big ol' shout out WOO HOO for the job?!
    (If anyone's been hearing WOO HOO, that's me shouting from the
    ravelation, Jul 13, 2004
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    Barry S. Guest

    What did that cost?

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    Barry S., Jul 15, 2004
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