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Old 07-21-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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"inexpensive" camber plates ticking/cracking



Hi all,

Got myself camber plates 2 weeks ago for my '99 328is. I don't want to mention the brand name yet as I'm just trying to get feedback from you guys at this time. I'll call the vendor soon to explain my problem. Let's just say that they are only $190 USD which is really hard to beat.

**** Note: why I got these plates ******
I didn't want/need the high-end stuff because the intent was to correct a slight difference in wheel camber (more camber in right wheel) after the car was lowered with the Bilstein PSS (not the PSS-9) kit. All suspension components seemed sound so I thought oh well I'll fix that little discrepency with camber plates.
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I installed them myself without a problem. The plates are a straight replacement for the stock Febi top plates. Fitment is good.

Yesterday, a loud "toc" or cracking sound started when turning right and (straithening back) at a stop light. Actually I was in the C Tire parking lot and some 2 guys turned around when they heard the "pop" coming from my front end! ha ha! Was a bit embarrassing, no time to brag about working on the car myself

Troubleshooting is really time consuming, removing and putting back that strut is killing me! My back is so sore this morning! Anyways, I inspected the plates and bolted everything back on and still cracking! No!!! It makes a big "toc!" going back and forth! It seems worse close to the end of the radius when the stut pushes up a bit because of the geometry. So finally, I put back the original top hat and it's quiet now. So it is the new plate making that racket.

So is it possible that some cheap bearings go after 2 weeks only?
Is it a common problem knowned to you guys?
Am I a fool to think I could get away with under $200 camber plates for a bimmer?

SOrry for the rambling

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Old 07-21-2009, 12:39 PM   #2
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cosmo racing ?
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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why r u asking? I said I didn't want to name at this time...
Focus on the issue instead he he
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:47 PM   #4
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the issue is that they are not worth fixing
seen people fixing them and then having the base crack
poor design and poor quality materials.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:23 PM   #5
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I pm'd you.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:18 PM   #6
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I have a set of SPC front camber plates and the rear control arms on Bilstien PSS and the are AWSOME. Honestly spend the money it is worth it is the end.
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