QI’ve got a 1987 Park Lane that’s got really low mileage, but appears to have a bit of positive camber on the rear offside. I’m considering fitting adjustable brackets, but was wondering if there is any way I can modify the standard bracket to fix the problem? If so, can you explain how I would go about this? I’ve also just bought some new adjustable tie-rods for the front. Can you tell me what the factory length is and where the measurements are taken from? Roland
AThis is a common issue on a Mini. To reduce the positive camber, the outer end of the radius arm pin needs moving upwards in its bracket. The way to do that is to simply remove the outer bracket from the right-hand rear radius arm, file the radius arm pin hole upwards, then re-fit the bracket, and before tightening the radius arm pin to bracket nut up, use a trolley jack to push the pin hard up against the top of the new slot. Then do the nut up. As the weight of the car is pushing down on that bracket, it is unlikely the pin will slide down the slotted hole. A little
filing and refitting will be needed to establish the exact amount it will need moving to get the desired camber setting.
The standard tie-rods measure 14-5/16-inches when measured from the centre of the bolt hole that clamps it to the bottom arm to the front face of the large flat washer that the inner tie-rod bush fits
up against. That is just a starting point though, as it will only give you the caster setting the stock tie-rods would give. Failure to make sure the caster angle exactly the same both sides will cause the car to pull to one side. We would suggest setting the caster angle to three degrees for both sides.
Moving the radius arm pin upwards can solve camber issues.