Alignment problem

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Thu May 22 14:21:50 EDT 2003

> From: Steven Hauptmann <hauptmanns at>
> Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 15:58:06 -0400
> To: "200q20v List (E-mail)" <200q20v at>
> Cc: 'Bernie Benz' <b.benz at>
> Subject: Re: Alignment problem
> <<2.  Why would you downgrade braking performance, UFOs to G60s, and why
> change strut housings, inasmuch as both were designed for UFOs?>>
> I intend to do a BIRA or Willwood conversion one day and I do not like the
> UFO's. I'm not slamming them, I'm just saying I have enough issues with them
> that I wanted to convert. Have not seen any reduction in braking performance
> with our use (Hawk HPS pads), but we sure like not having the pulsing brake
> pedal to deal with every so often.
I've never had this problem, maybe just lucky.  Others have "developed" disk
truing procedures that they claim work, I don't know.
> <<3.  Good wheel bearings need not be replaced when R & R ed.  Easier to
> clean up, regrease and reassemble the old.>>
> When I remove the wheel bearings per Bentley, the bearing comes apart when
> pressing out the wheel hub. It seemed to me that the bearing was now
> destroyed as I did not know that it could be reassembled. I'm not aware of a
> method to press the bearing out without this happening.
> How do you get them out and back in without them coming apart?
Nothing wrong with them coming apart, in fact necessary to clean and inspect
an old bearing to determine if it should/can be relubed and reassembled.
BTDT.  If you didn't see my Wheel Bearing Postmortem post of 11/15/01 I'll
fwd it to you.
> <<4.  More positive camber is easily added, to a limit of the spring perch
> hitting the tower, by slotting the anchor holes attaching the upper support
> bracket to the tower studs.  Adjustable camber plates can do no more.  A
> properly adjusted Benz Strut Brace will give additional + camber.>>
> How much positive camber do you typically find that the slotted holes and
> Benz strut brace allows?
In my case, just enough to achieve zero camber.
> <<Check for cracked tower to frame welds.>>
> Thank goodness that's okay.
Mine also, but the BSB should help to forstall such cracking.

> Thanks,
> Steve Hauptmann
> South Carolina

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