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Lets Talk About Camber

Fitment Industries Author | | August 20th, 2018 |

  • - Hey what's going on guys? Jasper for Fitment Industries here and today we're going to be talking about camber. Well that's actually it just camber. Camber's a topic that we get in a lot of our emails talking about hey can I fit my 19 by 11 on my stock WRX? And it's like no, no you cannot. You can fit nine wides with some bunk off sets but you know what that's just whatever. And we'll explain to them that you need to modify your fenders and they'll go hey can I just camber it? No, you just it's not, it's not that easy you just can't just camber it. So let's jump into the basics. Camber angle is the angle made by the wheels of the vehicle. The camber specifically can be seen between the vertical axis and the wheel for steering and the vertical axis of the wheel when viewed from the front and the rear of the car. In basic terms camber is the angle of the wheels and tires relative to the road. So positive camber like this just not great just boo big boo, right? Negative camber like this just the nice really the good stuff right here, just the aha right like.
    (vibrating booms) In the current scene there's not an exact start date on trends like this but camber can get all the way taken back into motorsports.

    Cambering was originally done to help traction overall traction path within cornering of the racetrack. Negative camber is wanted in performance driving by the way we're talking about static negative camber. You see the benefits of negative camber when you barrel into a corner the laws of physics have the wheels and tires pushed towards the outside of the corner. So in super simple terms negative camber would allow you to make corners and have a tire completely flat because of the natural tendencies into cornering. So cambering is gonna fix that for motor sport vehicles but that's when it's done properly. What are the cons of cambering for its intended purposes? Well there's gonna be a lot of aggressive tire wear. You're gonna have a lot of road sensitivity and you're gonna tramline which when going into a crack on a road you're contact patch is so much smaller so it's gonna follow the crack. So if you're using camber to monitor your traction path during cornering on the track there's a way to do that.

    You'll wanna use a heat system that you can measure the temp of the inside of the tire versus the outside. The word of thumb is that the inside should be about 10 to 15 degrees hotter after a full cycle. So are most of the people watching this wanting to talk about functional camber or are they really gonna wanna talk about slanty boy wheels? So here's the deal cambering your car is not something you wanna do on your daily driver. Normally people say safely is around negative three degrees is because that is very minor and normally what people are doing for cornering reasons. So having so much excess camber is more an aesthetic reason to the point of where you see these dudes going out there at negative 20 degrees. There's even somewhere out there with negative 30 degrees that is not at all for motorsports reasons. It is completely aesthetic and like a lot of these aesthetic things it falls in the same category as all your arrow chassis mounted wings, all the really hot boy stuff it all falls in the same category. Camber nowadays is how wide can my wheels be and how big of lips can I have because a lot of people just wanna run as much camber as they can and wanna have the deepest looking wheels. So what do you guys think about camber and its place in the current scene? Make sure to like and comment below and don't forget to subscribe. If you want wheels, tires, suspension don't forget to go to fitmentindustries.com. I'm Jasper for Fitment Industries and I'll see you later, peace.