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Old 12-05-2014, 09:12 AM   #1
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Dizzy 2003 L200 suspension problem

I have an '03 L200 with really bad inside tread wear on rear tires. I've been scouring the web trying to figure out what might be the cause, but I am very confused. I know the pre '03 L-series didn't have adjustable rear camber without modification, but I cant find anything on adjusting my '03 rear camber. Also, I know my upper control arm bushings are bad. Could this be the cause of my VERY uneven tread wear? Or do I need to look deeper? Any help is appreciated!
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Yes, worn control arm bushings can lead to uneven tire wear. Do a search on L Camber bolts and you should get several threads on adjusting rear camber (requires drilling the mount holes oversize and installing eccentric bolts)
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Yes, worn control arm bushings can lead to uneven tire wear. Do a search on L Camber bolts and you should get several threads on adjusting rear camber (requires drilling the mount holes oversize and installing eccentric bolts)
Thank you. I think I'm going to try this. I just wasn't sure if I needed to because when I heard the problems with the suspension were fixed in 2003, I though they made it all adjustable.
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As shown below, and may be seen if severe, the tops of tires are tipped inwards to wear the inside tread more. Slotting strut holes will allow camber adjustment - I'm guessing the lower strut hole?
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I have an '03 L200 with really bad inside tread wear on rear tires. I've been scouring the web trying to figure out what might be the cause, but I am very confused. I know the pre '03 L-series didn't have adjustable rear camber without modification, but I cant find anything on adjusting my '03 rear camber. Also, I know my upper control arm bushings are bad. Could this be the cause of my VERY uneven tread wear? Or do I need to look deeper? Any help is appreciated!
Have you take it to a shop to see what they can do as well? That should be something you should do as well besides trying to be a fix-all for your car there somethings a shop is better to fix then one can do themselves.
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Have you take it to a shop to see what they can do as well? That should be something you should do as well besides trying to be a fix-all for your car there somethings a shop is better to fix then one can do themselves.
I've been reluctant to take it into a shop after hearing about how much money people have wasted on this suspension because its not adjustable. I just want to make sure I have any kit I need installed to make it possible to do a precise alignment before I send it in.
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