Simple (almost stupid simple) DIY camber gauge

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  1. YY1

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    So I was working on building a camber gauge to adjust out what's been wearing my front tires.

    I was working off the general principals of the angle iron gauge youtube model.

    I had 5/16 and 7/16 bar stock laying around and got 80% done, drilled and tapped holes, made a slot to adjust, found 1/4-20 bolts the right length, factoring how to make it work on 14 15 and maybe even 16 inch wheels and then it occurred to me-

    What this thing needs is a spring loaded sliding adjustment...

    ...maybe like a woodworking bar clamp.

    I have several in different styles so I hunted some down to see if the mechanism could be adapted.

    Most have a rounded edge and are not suitable without welding or bolting a tray on to support an angle gauge.

    Then I spotted a cheap HF clamp. The bar had a completely rectangular cross section. Small but big enough for the magnetic base on the angle gauge to adhere to.

    Then I examined the ends. I found that the fixed end could be removed and placed backwards on the other end, changing the gripping surfaces from internal to external.

    Boom. Done! less than 5 minutes.

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      Also long enough and spaced out enough for larger wheels.
       
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      Like it, but if it's on the car and you had negative camber, wouldn't the bar mess up the fender.
       
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      Good observation.

      Might need to trim it down.
       
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      ingenuity at it's finest. you have enough adjustability to wack 6" off the bar
       
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      That is awesome! good share!
       
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      That's a great idea. Next time I go to Home Depot I will look into those clamps. Got any tips for caster?
       
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      Another magnetic base and angle gauge. Mount it at hub level on the back side of the clamp. It will take both to properly set caster and camber.
       
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      That's a great idea. I need to dial back my -1* of camber...
       
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      I thought you measured camber at set degrees of turn before and after center and calculated caster with a formula.
       
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      Turns out (see what I did there, alignment humor) they are not too tall.

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      That's a 15" wheel.
       
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        ...but now that I think about it, might be more of an issue with a 14.
         
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