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Hi Rich.

Your welder guy was right to not want the control arms to shift.  I'd
be worried about that sort of thing if I were doing it.  It would be
easy to accidentally move the control arm pivot points a little bit
and alter the geometry subtly. 

If you can't see excessive negative camber by eyeball, it's probably
not too bad.  The human eye is pretty good at telling when an angle
is not quite perpendicular.


--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "cruznmd" <racuti1@xxxx> wrote:
> Very cool Rick. Thanks!
> I did have extensive welding done up front due to rust.
> The crumple tube bottom was toast.
> Part of the frame, specifically, the "Y" uh, the part that the
> crumple tube mounts to, the part that closes off the Y was rusted
> away in the center. Not completely, but it wasn't good. Am I making
> sense?
> The welder replaced the metal in the center with cast iron, square
> tubing from an old automobile frame he had. He said this was
> necessary to keep the lower control arms from shifting. Because the
> metal wasn't completely gone, I believe that nothing had shifted
> and his repair is good.
> If the camber is negative, it's not so bad that I can tell just by
> looking at the wheels. I'd have to use the roofing square. It took
> months of driving for the tire wear to manifest.
> Jeeze I wish those tie-rod ends would get here so I can get aligned.
> They're in the mail.
> Rich
> #5335

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