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mauro12

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Front camber and caster adjustment
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:27:44 »
Hello guys, could you please tell me which are the bolts to adjust the camber and caster on the front axle? If it’s adjustable. A picture would be helpful. Thank you.
Mauro Pisani
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Re: Front camber and caster adjustment
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2019, 04:10:28 »
I have forgotten the camber adjustment but the caster is adjusted at the outer pivot of the upper control arm with a pin spanner.  By turning the bolt you move the top of the steering knuckle forward and back. 

https://www.toolsource.com/adjustable-c-194_224_225/adjustable-pin-spanner-wrench-114-to-3-in-p-105610.html

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Re: Front camber and caster adjustment
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2019, 10:01:49 »
Quote from: Shvegel
.../...the caster is adjusted at the outer pivot of the upper control arm.../...
Yes and no...  This adjustment at the top of the king pin is for fine tuning only, in order to make left and right side the same caster angle.
Main caster adjust is performed by means of the two blade springs at front, these tilt the subframe. See BBB
« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 11:15:48 by mbzse »
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Re: Front camber and caster adjustment
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2019, 11:53:13 »
Mauro, give me your e-mail, PM, I may be able to help maybe.
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Re: Front camber and caster adjustment
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2019, 17:54:49 »
Yes Hans your correct, the main caster adjustment is at the leaf springs. Don't forget to loosen the center rear transmission bolt before adjusting. This allows the subframe to move for adjusting.  The camber adjustment can be carried out by loosening the lock plate and turning the 14mm eccentric bolt head at the A-arm at the top of the king pin. For those of you with BBBs refer to Late BBB sec 40 0/11-0/13 and Late BBB sec. 6/1-6/8. Also Early BBB sec. 40, 0/1-0/8 also Early BBB sec. 40 3/1-3/11
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Re: Front camber and caster adjustment
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 16:55:57 »
Do you think that a regular tire shop is able to adjust properly our car?
Mauro Pisani
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Re: Front camber and caster adjustment
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2019, 04:38:50 »
Supply all the information for the procedure and the specs and they should be able to do it.
Joe Alexander
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1969 Dark Olive 280SL
2002 ML55 AMG (tow vehicle)
2002 SLK32 AMG (350 hp)
1963 404 Mercedes Unimog (Swedish Army)
1989 flu419 Mercedes Unimog (US Army)
1998 E430
1974 450SLC Rally
1965 220SE Finback