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Last edited by Billburt; 03-21-2012 at 12:21 AM.
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rear Toe/Camber shim DIY
so I learned the hard way that if you put a toe shim between the hub and the drop plate you need to shim the caliper carrier as well. Basically this is because if you are changing the pitch of the rotor and not the carrier that sits very closely to the rotor, the rotor will grind on the caliper carrier. Anyway, the photos are from the time when I made the mistake. the only thing you need to change is removing the drop plate and placing the shim between the drop plate and the rear beam. if you do not have a drop plate you will need to shim the caliper carrier properly. One way you could do this is by adding washers to it to space it just right.
Anyway, here we go.
So it starts with going to the alignment shop. I wanted to correct any odd toe seeing as the drop plates have created nearly -4 camber for both sides. I had the alignment done and asked my friend how much I needed to change. he told me the back passenger side needed 1/2 a degree of positive toe. I snapped a pic of the sheet where he noted that for me. the next day I went to NAPA and picked up a 1/2 degree toe shim for around 11 dollars.
Later that day I jacked the back of the car up and took the wheel, rotor, and caliper off. NOTE: I didn't show most of this process because it's already in an earlier DIY in this thread for installing the drop plates. Some of it overlaps because the process is slightly different if you want to save your wheel bearings.
Here you can see that I've taken the wheel and the caliper off the car. the next step is to remove the caliper carrier (smaller portion of the brakes) by the two bolts holding it in on the back.
take that off, take the set screw off the rotor and pull it off and you are left with this
Now for the important part: MOST people will need this special bent wrench to get the four bolts holding the stub axle onto the drop plates. If you still have factory parts this wrench will need to be a 16mm. HOWEVER, if you have already had the wheel bearing replaced there is a good chance that they are no longer 16mm nuts and possibly smaller (more like a 13mm, at least thats what mine was).
Now you can't just unbolt one nut at a time. You have to do a little bit at a time on each nut in order to get it off. When you get to this point you will see why. It may seem like there is not way you will be able to get all 4 nuts off in such a small space but if you do it right they will all come off.
Once the nuts are off this whole thing will come off. I didn't bother messing with the ABS sensor bc i was putting it back on fairly quickly.
Here is a photo of what a good toe shim will look like.
STOP AND READ THIS: the photo below is showing the shim going on between the stub axle and the drop plate. IF YOU DO THIS YOU MUST SHIM THE CALIPER CARRIER TO ACCOMMODATE THE ADJUSTMENT YOU HAVE MADE. The way I actually did it was I took the drop plate off (photo not taken) and set the shim between that and the hub; this way the shim moves the caliper carrier as well as the hub. you also need to make sure you are placing the shim in the right direction. I needed the thicker part of the shim to be towards the back of the car.
The last step would be to put everything back on and take it back to the alignment shop and make sure you have corrected what you wanted to correct.
Last edited by Billburt; 06-21-2012 at 02:11 PM.
so I might just have a friend do the backs out of metal if he can cut them for me.
Also, euro image is temporarily out of stock on the adjusters so who knows when they will be back in stock....hopefully he will be able to make those for me as well. I'm trying to get these done before SOWO. unfortunately they won't be ready for Eurotreffen at the end of the month
Lois will likely be getting the first Big Brake Kit by V Maxx here in the US. Their Vendor here is in the same plaza as Urotuning and we sell their products. Seeing as my car has practically become our shop project car, I'm getting this awesome opportunity. I will be adding this to the DIY list for big brake installs. Really pumped for this! The first sets will arrive at the end of this month.