2005 Saleen S281 Camber Issue Front Passenger side

Discussion in '2005+ Mustang GT 4.6L Tech' started by steve shaker, Mar 26, 2022.

  1. steve shaker

    steve shaker Junior Member

    My front passenger camber is -3.1 degrees, but the driver side is within spec. Anybody have any ideas what this could be? I don't really want to run a camber kit since driver side doesn't need it. The first alignment shop said they think its a bent strut but were unsure and said they aligned it best they could. Another alignment shop said I need the camber kit. Would appreciate any input. I attached the most recent alignment report. Thanks in advance mustang alignment.jpeg
  2. golkhl

    golkhl forum member

    Inspect your ball joint and control arm bushings, I am leaning towards a blown out ball joint. If the joint or bushings are bad, you are better off buying a new set of control arms. I installed these on my 08 Bullitt a few years back.

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  3. DieHarder

    DieHarder Senior Member

    Same as above... had the same problem. When mine were out (of alignment) it was the arms/ball joints... which surprised me since I had changed them out for Moog ball joints a couple of years earlier. Found the stock arms were rusting around the ball joint causing them to separate. Changed them out for GT 500 LCAs; no more problem. In fact found them for about what feeBay wants above but you'll have to shop around. If your car is lowered you also might consider spinning the strut mounts 180 which put mine at a near perfect -0.7 each side. You can change them out yourself but it can be a pain depending on the condition of the LCA mounting bolts. You might also want to consider upgrading to some better struts/shocks like Bilstein and using GT500 upper mounts for a better ride/handling. I'd buy the heat shields for the rear bushings too. The GT 500 LCAs look like this...

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  4. 86GT351

    86GT351 forum member

    As stated above. Could very well be a Ball Joint
  5. Juice

    Juice forum member

    Two degrees difference is more than just a balljoint IMO.
    One extra degree moves the top of the strut in a lot.Clearly obvious after adding my cc plates.
    I would suspect a bent strut, bent spindle, or possibly camber bolts were added. Or all of the above. That much difference is not from worn parts.
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  6. 07 Boss

    07 Boss Senior Member

    Does the car sit level? If you have sagging springs on one side it may cause camber to be off.
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  7. Motivology

    Motivology Junior Member

    That was my first thought - the ball joints or control arms.
  8. mattjames

    mattjames Member

    It's one or more of these items, strut, knuckle, or control arm. If you're not terribly lowered and can't bring it in, it's one of these. camber bolts are a band aid in this case
  9. mattjames

    mattjames Member

    Seeing as your caster is off by some too, it's definitely a bad part.
  10. steve shaker

    steve shaker Junior Member

    Thanks all.. finally got it pulled apart, the Ball Joint shaft was bent..some how the shaft got bent and that created the strange angle
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