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I've got a 91 EGT. For some time now (about a year) i've noticed that the rear camber is positive. This is a condition thatr is getting worse over time. Now it is to the point that the outside edge is showing belts while the inside is barely worn at all.
I seem to remember hearing that over time the escort's frame will sag in the rear. Especially being a hatchback with less structure around the rear shock towers. This sagging i think will cause the shock towers to move slightly... causing camber problems.
Since the rear camber is not adjustable this poses a problem. I could put shims in the back to try to correct the camber but i think it is too far out to be corrected with shims. I'm tired of wasting tires so i have come up with a plan... i would like to hear what everyone thinks of it.

I have available to me as much time as i need on a very up to date alignment rack. I go to school for this junk. I'm thinking i'll get an adjustable rear upper strut tower brace and install it on the back. Put four new tires on the car and put it on the alignment rack. If the frame sagging is really what cause the positve camber then i should be able to use the strut tower brace to relocate the tops of the shock towers. I could watch the alignment rack and try to stress the shock towers into place.

Has anyone tried this? has anyone ever had such a problem with camber in the back? any insight is greatly apriciated.

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dave
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you can use the same cam bolts you would for the front, for the back.
basicly you changing the top bolt to a 10mm from a 12mm.
 

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I agree with spooki. "Relocating" the towers is probably not a good idea. Plus, if you have the cambolts installed the adjustment will always be there.
 

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Your not talking about the toe adjuster are you? As there is one on the back you can adjust and the other one is a solid bar? I purchased another one and removed the solid one… which help out a lot for rear aliment...
 

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Poor man's solution is to put a ratchet strap between the shock towers and pull them together. I have heard of some guys doing this at autocross but not as a permanent solution.
 

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Just loosen the mounting bolts at the bottom of the strut assembly and push the top of the wheel inward. There is a little bit of play there and you might get enough to fix the problem. If not, a set of EZ cams will do the trick. Just make sure the frame is sound and wont move a week after you get it aligned.
 

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If you decide to try the EZ cams, make sure to buy them online, not from a local tire retailer....they'll charge you around 20 bucks for each corner. You can get them for half that or better online. Also, when you install them, pay attention to how they install and think ahead....You'll have to get a wrench on them and turn to adjust, so make sure you position the head of the bolt away from the brake caliper so that you can get plenty of adjustment without having to work around the caliper. Youll have to adjust them with the wheels on the car and weight on the suspension, so make it as easy as possible.
 

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Are the strut towers in good shape? (not rusty and falling apart) I was looking @ a wagon in MI not too long ago and the top of the tower had rusted all the way thru and the strut with the mountung plate came thru the rear speaker and it was done. ( I had just cut up another scort and had a set of good towers that I could have welded in). If that is the case put the towers where they need to be w/ your rack and weld in some new metal over the towers and make some ugly covers.


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