I actually came up with the SmartCamber gauge before the SmartStrings – I needed something to replace my old trusty Dunlop gauge that had seen better days, and wanted something digital and could be used to measure the angle of other things on the car also. Proper camber settings are significant, not just for good tire wear for a street car but to get the most from a tire on a car that is auto-crossed or track driven - it's one of the most fundamental changes (along with toe angles) to improve handling. In any of these conditions, tire wear is greatly affected by proper or improper camber settings – and lap times.
"We've won two consecutive ALMS GTC championships in a row using the SmartStrings and Camber Gauge and Smart Setup Fixtures", Chris Barber, Crew Chief, Black Swan Racing
A Properly Aligned Car is a Fast Car
The SmartCamber tool was designed to accurately measure camber regardless of where the vehicle is or what angle surface it is on. The tool utilizes precise and repeatable digital technology and can be used over a wide variety of wheel/tire combinations regardless of where the vehicle is or what angle surface it is on.
"I've won over 50 PCA GT4 club races and used the SmartCamber Gauge since 1998 to help me do it," Gary Boss, Lake Forest, IL
Camber and Caster
Camber angle is commonly referred to as the inclination of the wheels from true vertical. Camber is read as either positive or negative.
Caster angle is the rearward inclination of the line the front steering wheels pivot around. It is important because it produces a lever-arm for lateral forces, that is, a speed-dependent returning torque to the center-steer position. Caster also increases the camber angle when the wheels are turned which can also increase the tires total grip.
Correct settings of these two angles results in a vehicle that tracks straighter, more predictably and helps maximize the traction potential of the tire.
The Hands-Free Adapter is purchased separately. With the Hands-Free Adapter it allows you to attach the gauge to the wheel so as you make camber changes you can see the changes happening instead of putting down your tools down and holding the gauge to the wheel again and again. You can always buy the Hands-Free Adapter later on if you decide to.
Just an FYI about setup frequency and work
When I was at Flying Lizard, on a typical race weekend we would perform 8 to 10 setups and setdowns (a setup is a full chassis alignment prior to each session, a setdown is the opposite, done post-session to ensure the alignment settings have not drifted); that is probably more setups than most street cars will get in their lifetimes. It is one of the most important pieces of information we could collect to help determine causes of handling issues.
Hard Work and Time
Setups and setdowns can be time consuming and tiring. These tools have been around for years to help improve chassis accuracy and to decrease the time and effort required to do so.
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Hoerr Racing Products
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