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What is caster vs camber?

What is caster vs camber?

Caster is the angle between the verticle line and kingpin centre line in the plane of the wheel when the viewed from the side is called the caster angle. Camber is the angle between the centre line of the tyre and vertical line viewed from the front of the vehicle is known as the camber angle.

What should my caster angle be?

Positive caster angles run between 3 – 5° on modern vehicles. This gives a good mix of highway stability and steering feel. For a more performance oriented setup on a MacPherson strut you can add a degree or two to have more favorable camber gain at high steering angles.

How do you set camber on caster?

To Measure Camber:

  1. Turn the wheels so they point straight ahead.
  2. Attach the caster/camber gauge to the spindle or hub.
  3. Rotate the gauge so the bubble in the small vial closest to you is centered.
  4. Camber is shown on the two outer vials. The left vial reads positive (+). The right vial reads negative (-).

Does caster affect camber?

Modern vehicles run a certain amount of positive caster with the steering axis tilted rearward toward the driver. While caster doesn’t affect tire wear like camber, it does have a big impact on steering and handling. The higher the caster, the more stability a vehicle will have at higher speeds.

Is camber a tire wearing angle?

Improper camber can make the tire wear on one edge and may cause the vehicle to pull to the side that has the most positive camber. Zero camber will result in the most uniform tire wear over time, but may reduce performance during cornering.

What happens with too much caster?

The main problem with too much caster, is that you reduce your contact patch in turns, so you are more likely to slide out in high speed turns or on slick surfaces, It also increases wear on the inside and outside edges of the tires.

Can caster be adjusted?

The screw can be adjusted to move the wheel forwards or backwards adjusting the caster angle. One common way to adjust caster is to install an offset caster bush. This bush mounts the back or front of the lower wishbone to the car and has the centre bolt hole offset in a forward direction.

Does caster affect steering?

Caster. Increasing the amount of positive caster will increase steering effort and straight line tracking, as well as improve high speed stability and cornering effectiveness. Positive caster also increases tire lean when cornering (almost like having more negative camber) as the steering angle is increased.

What does caster, camber and Toe Stand for?

Caster, Camber & Toe Explained. Caster is the fore or aft slope of the steering axis. The steering axis is a line drawn through the upper and lower ball joints of the knuckle. Positive caster is when the bottom of the steering axis line is in front of the tire’s contact patch.

How to add caster and camber to kart?

Adding or reducing either one will drastically change the way your kart handles, both in the front and the rear. To begin either process of adding or reducing caster or camber, you’ll need to first loosen your king pin bolt just enough to have a little bit of play with your stub axle.There is no need to completely remove your bolt.

When to use zero caster or positive caster?

Positive caster is when the bottom of the steering axis line is in front of the tire’s contact patch. Zero caster is when the steering axis is at 0 degrees. Factory alignment specs for basically all vehicles call for a certain degree of positive (shown) caster.

What do you need to know about caster camber gauges?

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