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Camber Plates

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself)' started by Devilsown, Dec 16, 2008.

    Devilsown guest

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    Im looking to get some camber plates for my mini as this has happened:
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    with my drivers side on the way. I'm Dinan loyal and have their camber plates but the stock strut top bearing have failed.

    Im going to buy a plate where it will not happen to me again and Im tossed up between bav autos (k mac) or Ireland Enginnering (IE) they both seem nice but im leaning towards the k mac as they seem a little better biuld. I also dont know if I should go with the "race" or street" as I think it would be best in this pothole happy roads to go with the race... I think.

    Thanks
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    granthr

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    Wow that is pretty bad! Was it just potholes that caused this? What state are you in? I don't have any experience with camber plates so I can't give you any advice on that.

    GR

    Devilsown guest

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    I'm in Shreveport, Louisiana not by choice the military put me here I swear these are the worst roads I've ever been on... and I've been alot of places. from other mini owners I think I have gained a understanding that potholes are the leading cause.
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    granthr

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    Wow and I thought we had bad roads here in Pennsylvania!

    GR
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    EuroWerkz1

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    Yikes !

    I have seen this to some degree on very hard driven Mini Coopers before, but that is pretty serious damage. I'll say this, that Dinan strut brace saved your shock tower from some serious and very expensive repairs. (Yeah, I'm a Dinan dealer but that evidence is clear) You want to stay with the non-race camber plates whatever direction you decide to go. The race plates are too much negative camber for the street on these cars unless you are prepared to do the complete suspension upgrade to compliment them. And if you are, please contact me off-list.

    Good luck and watch those potholes.

    Devilsown guest

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    I'm currently lowered on Promini (h&r springs) on Dinan camber plates, 19mm rear sway bar, Dinan strut brace, and for now stock struts, and now Im getting K Mac street adjustable plates... I was going to get race adustable but I figures the street would be a hair better.
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    EuroWerkz1

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    Ah hah!

    There you go, now we have some further information. I didn't see how your roads could be that much worse than the upper Midwest.

    It is very likely that your front dampers have bottomed out and caused this damage. It is very critical that proper travel shocks/dampers be used with lowering springs as using stock dampers with lowered springs is a big no-no, and especially with later model cars that tend to have very limited suspension travel to begin with. In the mean time the cheap but not exactly complete or correct fix for this is to cut the bump stops off on the the non tapered ends approx. the amount the car has been lowered when you or your technician is replacing the camber plates.

    I hope this helps you, enjoy!

    Devilsown guest

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    Yes that did help THANKS! No one on the Mini fourms said anything like that they always just said we ran our cars like this and they seem to be doing fine... I will be getting some bilstiens on order after xmas... little short on $$ for those, was going to go with koni;s but I think bilstiens are the better buy.

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