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#1441816 Sat Feb 19 2022 08:50 PM
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I'm 'tuning up' the front suspension and steering on my 49' 3600. It's entirely stock with the exception of replacing the lever action shocks with gas. When I say 'tuning up' I mean new leaf springs, bushings/pins, king pins, steering box adjusted per factory manual, drag link rebuilt. This was all I could accomplish before winter set in. I have new tie rod balls and rebuild kits from Jim Carter to go in when summer gets closer. I'd like to keep it stock but I was curious if the factory camber works for radial tires? The reason I ask is I have 500 miles on a new set of radials and they are showing excess wear on the outer edges. You can visually see quite a bit of outward tilt to the top of the front wheels looking from the front. She tracks straight on the road. I don't know what the toe in is at right now. Until warmer weather she's put away. I want to get the entire front end up to snuff, all worn parts replaced, before I think about finding a shop that can do an alignment and cold bend the axle if needed to adjust camber.


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Yes. Radial tires need less camber than bias ply. About 0 or -1/16 degree.


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I'd worry about getting the toe in set properly before I'd try to find someone to set camber. Too much toe in can also cause wear on the outside edge of the tires.

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I have 20,000 miles on a set of radial tires on my stock 49 3600 with even wear on them. I guess just make sure your king pins and wheel bearings are good and proper toe-in like Bill mentioned

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How does one adjust camber on a straight axle?

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Originally Posted by 52Carl
How does one adjust camber on a straight axle?

"Camber and King Pin Inclination" [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]

"correction of the front-axle "I" beam" - I think/bet this means "bend the axle" (the technique is not described in the Truck Shop Manual)?

Here are some techniques - some might be safe and practical? eek [jalopyjournal.com]


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Originally Posted by 52Carl
How does one adjust camber on a straight axle?

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This is an example. It's on a large truck but you get the idea.


https://youtu.be/SMqY5deK8I8

The shop manual for the AD trucks specifically state that camber can only be adjusted by cold bending the axle.

Last edited by bztguy; Mon Feb 21 2022 03:04 AM.

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1/2 T 50’ GMC witha severe camber issue on both sides………..built a fixture and 20 ton bottle Jack.
Bent the cold axle back to 0 camber.

If your in spec I would not change due to tire choice. I ran radials on the 1/2t in the photos.

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