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Old 02-13-2020, 09:31 AM
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Anyone Using these Camber Adjustable Upper A-Arms?

So these seem like a great idea, in that there is no way to adjust the stock Camber in the front of the E70 other than buying other Arms at different 'lengths' for different fixed adjustments...

While they seem like a good solution, but I'm concerned about them 'holding' the alignment. It appears to me that the only thing preventing them from changing 'the setting' is the Clamping force of the three bolts on the Balljoint section. Which makes me worry the right pothole or even bump would 'shift them' changing the Camber setting. I see what appears to be a small pin, but I only see one small hole in both sections, which wouldn't seem to work with the adjustable nature of the product

Was hoping maybe someone had personal experience with them, and if they had an issue holding an alignment.



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These links will give you more information

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Thanks for the links, Very helpful, and Much appreciated!
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I've had them installed for about a year now and I had the same worry about holding alignment. Since I don't have to deal with much rust, I decided to give them a try and to inspect the hardware a couple times a year when I switch between my winter 18s and summer 20s.

I wanted to get rid of some of the understeer with the heavy 20x10s up front, I got these for about $230 for the set from an ebay seller. I'd rather have the fixed arms from BMW, but couldn't justify the $700 or so.

After about 4k miles and driving in snow(no salt) they held the alignment. I had the heavy 20" wheels in front for most the 4k mile interval. If you're not lowered, you should have enough room to visibly check if the 3 nuts holding the adjustable ball joint shifted. I had to take the front tires off to see as I lowered mine about 1.5".

IIRC, the pin locks the adjustment at similar length to a stock arm. At the shortest setting, I was able to get .5 degree of negative camber so you should be able to gain about .5 degree of positive also. Here's the alignment after installing the front adjustable arms at full negative and lowering springs in front:

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SF2000x5 Thanks for the real world feedback!


Corrosion wasn't something I was even thinking about, but now that you mention it... Are the Ball Joint 'plate' and the Arm both Aluminum? Or is one steel and the other Aluminum. I'm sure you see where I am going with this..

I'm also assuming that your increased camber is partially a function of the lowered suspension stance? The Camber numbers (front and rear) seem pretty extreme to me

Any tire wear issues? I see you're shop was able to hit the 'ARD recommended' Toe of .01 - .02 degrees, hope I can get there too..
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I didn't notice more inner wear in front with the added negative camber(probably due to not much toe), but did notice less wear on the outer tread compared to stock height, alignment and camber. Though, the rear inner tread seems to be wearing pretty fast so I might ask a shop to adjust closer to -1.8. I take turns a little too fast than most sometimes, it just feels nice being able to throw this heavy X5 around and the negative camber makes me feel more confident in doing so.

Not sure about materials as I'm in California and not so close to the coast.

And yah, springs added about -.5 camber all around. What is your end goal here?
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