How to Set a Camber on a Chevy Z71by Russell Wood
The amount of camber that you have on your Chevrolet Z71 indicates the number of degrees that the top of the front wheels lean in or out of the front fenderwells. The camber is adjusted by way of a pair of adjustment cams on the upper control arms. Adjusting the camber is best left to a professional alignment shop with professional equipment, but if you want to tweak it to your own personal preferences, you can adjust the camber with a few tools and some time.
Point the front wheels on the Chevrolet straight forward. Lift the front of the Z71 with the jack and put jack stands underneath the frame.
Locate the upper control arm mounting bolts on the side of the frame. Locate the alignment cams on the outsides of the upper control arm mounting bolts, and the alignment pin sticking out of the frame. This indicates the current camber setting of the truck.
Slightly loosen the upper control arm mounting bolts with the open-end wrench and the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Turn the bolt with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket until the alignment pin is lined up with the mark on the alignment cam that you want your camber set to. Then tighten down the mounting bolts with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench.
Lower the truck off of the jack stands. Verify that the camber setting is where you want, and if it's not, repeat steps 1-3.
- "Chilton General Motors Full Size Trucks 2007-09 Repair Manual"; Mike Stubblefield; 2009
Things You'll Need
- Jack stands
- Open-end wrench set
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.