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Old 04-10-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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I bought my 2002 l300 with 72k on it and put new tires on immediately due to them being cupped. After putting about 15k on my new tires and feeling the same effects I'm coming to realize the previous owner never had the shim kit installed... Is there anyway I can get one or a substitute? Anything? Its truly an awful problem that takes away a lot from such a good car. I can't buy new tires every 2 years and the shaking ruins the driving experience.

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Old 04-10-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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I have the same issue and no shim kit...my $600 tires better not wear out! My mechanic suggested not only the shim kit, but drilling into the control arms to get an even larger camber angle. I also need bushings back there...idk if it is worth anything over 2 or 300 dollars total. Maybe for the tires over time, but its a big expense!

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Old 04-11-2012, 12:50 AM   #3
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You guys can get caber adjustment bolts from rock auto if you don't want to drill holes back there.

I had major chamber and toe issues with my car and it got shimmed. And it was 3-400 bucks and that was also a deal considering how much time was needed to get everything aligned properly. The mechanic also said if he had known how much time it took to shim the car he would have not done it in the first place. My car was gone for nearly 4 days as multiple shim and realignment checks needed to be made. I would like to think that it won't take that long if you guys get yours done.

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Old 04-11-2012, 09:17 AM   #4
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The "shim kit" is not specific to the L, or any car for that matter. Shim kit is just cam bolts and any good alignment shop should have a bin of them and be able to install and align even an L in an hour, 2 at the most.

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Old 04-11-2012, 12:35 PM   #5
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Do you guys know of any chains that have good alignment prices, and can be trusted (generally)? Doubt you know anything specific in my area, but since this car can be tricky to work on, I don't want to spend more than 350 on this job or have them mess something up. This should include the alignment, my mechanic does not have an electronic alignment machine, and my tire shop is incompetent.

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:22 PM   #6
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I recently cured an L200 (2002) of the dreaded tire wear problem.
You have to install new bushings first. (If the old ones are worn)
I went through a long thread on this, the bottom line is you still might have to grind the lower CA mounting hole into an oval to fix the problem.
As far as alignment shops, most I went to had no idea what was wrong. One finally did an alignment for me, after I already agreed, told me they couldn't align it and recommended their own special adjustable control arms. Which is B.S.
Nothing will help unless the bushings are in good shape first.
BTW the bushing replacement wasn't a horrible job. Took me a couple hours. Most of that was a learning curve
Watch your tire pressure. I think over-inflated tires worsen the problem, by allowing the tire to ride on its edge.
Somehow my GF L200 ended up with 205 width tires where 195 are shown on the car label. Wider tires also worsen the condition....
Oh yeah, it would be nice if you could remove the CA's but you have to remove the dang gas tank

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Old 04-11-2012, 05:53 PM   #7
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I had the same issue with both sides on the rear of my 2000 LS2. I removed the lower control arms at the knuckle/ trailing arms and elongated the hole using a die grinder inward an additional 1/2" long. It took the negative camber right out of the vehicle. Nicer ride, much less tire noise and less wear. I had some concern with the bolts sliding in the slots but I check them every time I service the vehicle and they have not budged one bit. Quick and inexpensive fix.

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Old 04-12-2012, 03:45 PM   #8
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So the parts needed for this repair would be: The 4 bushings (2 per control arm) and the shims? What else is required for this?? I am making a shopping list. I found the Deeza lower control arm bushings SA-G602 for 22 bucks each on RockAuto, and I am curious if I should get the full shim kit from RA for 200 or 340 dollars, or if there is a universal shim I can get for like...10 bucks. I plan on taking this to a shop, spending less than 100 bucks on all parts (if possible) and having an alignment shop take care of it. I don't want to spend much on this repair, but I also cannot afford to replace the 600 dollar 80,000 mile tires. Please help me with my shopping list, the camber is bad!

-4 SA-G602 Lower Control Arm Bushings
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/rafr...&parttype=7532

-Shim Kit for Rear (Looking for recommended Universal shims that most shops should accept)

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Old 04-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #9
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Check out saabsite.com, and click on 9-5 parts- click on suspension rear- then camber shim upper or lower. There are other sites on line that you can check or you may get lucky and find that your local Saab dealer has them in stock. The rear suspension is almost identical in the 9-5 and LS2 and I have heard a few people say that these fit perfectly. Good luck.

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