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Old 11-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Rear alignment questions - drifting

Ok, guys, I'm working with my 95 240sx with a KA. I read that 0 to -1 is RECOMMENDED but what about if I'm running my low power KA? Would I want maybe -2ish or should I stick to -1 and run higher psi in my tires?
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I am assuming you are talking about camber. Set it at -1 and give it a go. If you don't like it, adjust it until you like it. Everyone is different.
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I have a 1998 with a KA24DE. Minimal mods. Decent clutch, 3 inch random exhaust, and a K&N intake panel.

My rear set up is 18x9.5 +10 with 225/40 or 225/35

Rear camber is -1.5 with zero toe.

Rear camber is really dependent on where and what you're drifting.

I would consider low camber anything from within OEM spec around -0.8 to -1 to as negative as -2.

"Excessive camber" would be -2 and lower, up to negative 4.5.

Are you new to drifting?

Are you drifting a pretty small course?

Is it a big course (parking lot or skid pad) with long sweeping turns?

If it's a small course, less camber should help. Otherwise on long sweeping turns where you're going to depend on your speed and momentum (not the underpowered motor) to propel you through the turn while sliding, you're going to want to run more camber.

More camber helps you maintain your speed while sliding without having to add extra clutch kicks, it will also help you maintain better tire wear.

At my last event with my current specs, I was actually burning up the OUTSIDES of my tires while drifting because the car would squat and lean so hard on the outsides of the tires.
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I can't speak on drifting, but (IME) around -2.75 or so, the inner edges of your tires may start blowing chunks during spirited driving. And at that level, there's a lot less rear grip, at least as far as launching, than with less negative/more stock camber.

But I do mean with stock wheels.
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Crap yes I meant camber hahaha my bad. I am new to drifting. I picked up my s14 to beat around and to save my Sti a little lol.

Currently I'm running -3 camber/0 toe with 17x10.5 wheels and 235/45 tires. I haven't had a chance to pull my quarter much more yet so that's where I'm at.

So is it basically pure experimenting to see what works best for your driving style? I haven't done much since the new wheel/alignment setup so I can't currently speak for it.
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I would say with that much tire and wheel it'd he hard to spin with a ka. I would suggest some camber. Or rediculous tire pressure.
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good info,Set it at -1 and give it a go. If you don't like it, adjust it until you like it. Everyone is different.thanks
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Not to go off track but is there a difference on low power KA vs a regular KA?
If so, then I guess mine could be considered a low power KA since it was running on two cylinders for a majority of its life haha Settings depend on your skills and feel, Only thing everyone on here can help you with is how to learn how to make the adjustments to your liking. What works for one will most likely not work for another. My setup camber was was -5 in the front and -1.2 in the rear. It was be changed often in the rear but that was the most common I would use, only time it was be changed it for competition or for long courses with banks.

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Coming from another mostly stock KA S14, I would say go with at least -1.5 to -2 in the rear. I tried 0 one event and wore nothing but the outside of the tire, it was horrible lol.
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I have a 1998 with a KA24DE. Minimal mods. Decent clutch, 3 inch random exhaust, and a K&N intake panel.

My rear set up is 18x9.5 +10 with 225/40 or 225/35

Rear camber is -1.5 with zero toe.

Rear camber is really dependent on where and what you're drifting.

I would consider low camber anything from within OEM spec around -0.8 to -1 to as negative as -2.

"Excessive camber" would be -2 and lower, up to negative 4.5.

Are you new to drifting?

Are you drifting a pretty small course?

Is it a big course (parking lot or skid pad) with long sweeping turns?

If it's a small course, less camber should help. Otherwise on long sweeping turns where you're going to depend on your speed and momentum (not the underpowered motor) to propel you through the turn while sliding, you're going to want to run more camber.

More camber helps you maintain your speed while sliding without having to add extra clutch kicks, it will also help you maintain better tire wear.

At my last event with my current specs, I was actually burning up the OUTSIDES of my tires while drifting because the car would squat and lean so hard on the outsides of the tires.
I was under the impression that stock camber was -2?
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I was under the impression that stock camber was -2?
stock camber is like, 0 to -1.38 or something, if I remember right.

It's NOT as far as -2.
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