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#1 Preludedude

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 08:55 PM

First, my car will only be driven around 1k miles per year. It is usually driven to the drag strip, and thats it...Maybe a few days to work, and maybe some cruising on my days off.

Now, I am currently installing some Cosmo coilovers, and I seen a few posts recommending camber plates. My car will be dropped around 1.5" I'm guessing.

I really don't know much about suspension. Do I really need to get these?

I see only Mookeeh offers these, and its $180(front) and $100(rear), so for $300 total...

With my car only being driven 1k miles per year, and only used for drag racing?  Do I really need these? I really just planned on getting an alignment done once I got the coilovers installed...

Thanks for any input...

Edited by Preludedude, 01 January 2017 - 08:58 PM.






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Posted 01 January 2017 - 09:17 PM

I run the Cosmo setup at a similar drop. I don't run camber plates in the front and the drop gave me aprox -1.5° camber. I run the Mookeeh non adjustable plates in the rear and I also have about -1.5° in the rear.  Since I autocross a little negative camber is what I'm looking for. Long story short, do you need the plates? No, but it will definitely wear out the inside of the tires first.
One of these days I'd like to pick up plates so I can run a little more negative camber.
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:18 AM

I ran the stock top hats with the cosmos for a little bit and the front springs would make a noise when I'd turn the steering wheel. Even though the stock top hats have a bearing on them for movement, the springs would I guess grind along the top or bottom perch for some reason. It made a nasty noise that went away when I installed the camber plates. I don't know remember if my stock top hats had a bad bearing but all I can say is that I have no more noise with the camber plates.

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

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I really just planned on getting an alignment done once I got the coilovers installed...

Toe is the only thing adjustable on these cars without camber plates, plus our toe is only adjustable on the drivers side, you'll just drive the tech insane if you show up.  There are lots of inexpensive ways to check/set toe.

You can run quite a bit of camber without causing excessive tire wear, you can't run your car too many miles with incorrect toe without trashing the tires.
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:23 AM

Got the springs installed today.  Going to take it for a drive tomorrow and see how it feels with the new kyb inserts in front and the Cosmo springs.

I wound up using the stock strut mounts which are worn, but I'll replace them one day....

With the Cosmo, I had to drill out the hole on the aluminum tophat that comes with the springs. The hole wasn't big enough to go over the strut itself...it was only big enough to go over the threaded tip of the strut....

I'll post back with driving results....

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:17 PM

View PostPreludedude, on 19 January 2017 - 12:23 AM, said:


With the Cosmo, I had to drill out the hole on the aluminum tophat that comes with the springs. The hole wasn't big enough to go over the strut itself...it was only big enough to go over the threaded tip of the strut....


Yep, that's normal.
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:48 PM

View Postscott87star, on 02 January 2017 - 03:08 PM, said:



Toe is the only thing adjustable on these cars without camber plates, plus our toe is only adjustable on the drivers side, you'll just drive the tech insane if you show up.  There are lots of inexpensive ways to check/set toe.

You can run quite a bit of camber without causing excessive tire wear, you can't run your car too many miles with incorrect toe without trashing the tires.

I don't mean to start anything but how is toe only adjusted on the drivers side?  I thought both sides adjust and can be adjusted equally? When I replaced a tie rod end on the passenger side I do remember only adjusting that side until things were aligned. Is that just what the manual says?

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:54 PM

Because the passenger side tie rods are bolted on, unlike the driver side that has an adjuster sleeve like most cars do.
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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.




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