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      01-10-2019, 08:42 PM   #1
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Calling all Alignment Experts!

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I have a 2015 m3, lowered on H&R sport springs and on the factory EDC shocks. car is driving great and straight as an arrow, but noticed the inner shoulders of the front two tires are wearing faster than the rest of the tire. I took it by a local tuning shop to check and fix the alignment, they put the car on the machine and told me car was aligned well and they really wouldn't be able to do any better. they mentioned the wear is due to the camber on the front 2 tires, and they cant fix it unless I get camber plates.

after speaking with some folks, I've been told camber plates wont fix my issue and what needs to be corrected is the toe. I'm trying to figure out what I really need to do here and wanted to learn from some of you experts how you'd look at this and what you would recommend.

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      01-10-2019, 08:47 PM   #2
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here's a pic of the car...
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      01-10-2019, 11:27 PM   #3
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Assuming your not interested in performance driving, get the camber plates and reduce camber and caster.

Your front tires will begin wearing more evenly at the expense of a less ideal contact patch during aggressive cornering.
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      01-11-2019, 12:13 AM   #4
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Watching patiently as I have similar wear however with slightly less camber, I was going to ask for a couple of mm toe in with my next alignment.
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      01-11-2019, 09:17 PM   #5
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-2deg and that toe is pretty normal, not extreme at all. What does the tire look like? Can you post a picture?
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      01-13-2019, 03:23 AM   #6
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Toe is fine. With the amount of front camber you have, it would be considered normal to have your inner tire and wear a bit faster than the rest of your tire.
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      01-13-2019, 05:00 PM   #7
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Yeah, agreed that your front camber/toe combo is pretty tame all things considered. What is the factory camber setting for these cars (non-lowered)?

I would, however, have them fix your front left toe - you want it to match your right front toe, which looks good to me.

You *could* approach zero front toe which would reduce tire wear but I'm generally not a fan of how the car feels that way (too much tram-lining, too light on-center) BUT that's with older hydro setups... not sure about the EPS.
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People take the statement that "toe causes inside shoulder wear" entirely too literally.

Camber dictates that the inside shoulder sees more scrub. Toe causes the scrub. Camber = where the tire wears. Toe = the rate at which the wear occurs.

This is talking about straight line driving. In a straight line, camber will cause inside shoulder wear. Period. We only dial in 2* of camber to offset camber loss IN ROLL (dynamic load of cornering). If all you do is drive in straight lines then what you're describing is completely normal. No, hitting a few round-about every once in a while does not count lol
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People take the statement that "toe causes inside shoulder wear" entirely too literally.

Camber dictates that the inside shoulder sees more scrub. Toe causes the scrub. Camber = where the tire wears. Toe = the rate at which the wear occurs.

This is talking about straight line driving. In a straight line, camber will cause inside shoulder wear. Period. We only dial in 2* of camber to offset camber loss IN ROLL (dynamic load of cornering). If all you do is drive in straight lines then what you're describing is completely normal. No, hitting a few round-about every once in a while does not count lol
So if you're running decent pressures i.e. not under inflated and you also have a the outside wearing from cornering however you inside scrub is far excessive in comparison, would you look at adjusting toe?
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People take the statement that "toe causes inside shoulder wear" entirely too literally.

Camber dictates that the inside shoulder sees more scrub. Toe causes the scrub. Camber = where the tire wears. Toe = the rate at which the wear occurs.

This is talking about straight line driving. In a straight line, camber will cause inside shoulder wear. Period. We only dial in 2* of camber to offset camber loss IN ROLL (dynamic load of cornering). If all you do is drive in straight lines then what you're describing is completely normal. No, hitting a few round-about every once in a while does not count lol
If you do not track the vehicle nor regularly do any high speed cornering would you recommend running less negative camber closer to zero?
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If you do not track the vehicle nor regularly do any high speed cornering would you recommend running less negative camber closer to zero?
The answer would be relative to what your current alignment is set at. I think closer to 1.5* camber and .05* toe should produce slightly better wear while still making for a decently handling street car. You could drop to .5* camber if all you do is drive to work and highway cruise lol. You don't really benefit from camber driving in straight lines.

Generally, we dial in a bit of static toe-in to keep the car stable when braking. Toe-out when braking can aid turn-in but it can also cause the car to wander and be hard to manage on the street.
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great info folks, I am enjoying learning more about this, so keep it going! here's a pic of my front tire, nothing extreme, but you can see inner shoulder is wearing quicker than the rest...
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Imo, camber closer to -1 would be more ideal. BMW calls for a specific amount of weight in the vehicle when performing a wheel alignment. I normally adjust camber within spec, but more closer to the positive side of the acceptable range. Toe is fine like I mentioned earlier. What you want to pay attention to most is the total toe, rather than individual toe. Your toe is -0.03 left side and +0.04 right side because the tech probably had the steering wheel slightly turned left when printing your spec sheet. If he printed your sheet with the steering angle at 0, your left side would read 0.00 and right side would read 0.01 or vice versa.
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great info folks, I am enjoying learning more about this, so keep it going! here's a pic of my front tire, nothing extreme, but you can see inner shoulder is wearing quicker than the rest...
I don't see any uneven wear.

Congrats!
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