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Old 12-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Just bought a fairly clean 01 SE Miata. It was in a low speed accident and had the rear fender and bumper replaced. I noticed it had a slight wear issue on the inner of the rear accident side tire. Notes from the shop said suspension components were unscathed..

Installing some ES bushings in the rear and coilovers this weekend I noticed the RUCA on the accident side is a little tweaked. Tossed it in the vice and tried to straighten it out a little, but did not want to weaken the metal too much.
Took it to get aligned today after I set the ride height and got some new tires on. Could not get the camber were I wanted, as the arm is a little too tweaked.

This is were I ended up:
12.25" fender to axle on both front and rear for ride height.
Front:
1/16" toe in
~5* caster
-1.5* camber

Rear: 1/16" toe in
2.7* camber on bent side and 2.4* on the other side.

Will I be fine to just run it like this (2 mile work commute and occasional weekend mountain driving) or should I bother getting a new rear upper control arm and tossing the bushings in that? Keep in mine I'm extremely lazy and live in an apartment complex with no garage.
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I'd fix it, but that is probably "close enough".
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I always thought we wanted more negative camber up front vs the rear? That said, the .3 difference on the rear shouldn't be too much of an issue.
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For not a racecar I'd say fuckit, but I also wouldnt have put poly bushings in not a racecar. So our priorities might be a bit different.
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For not a racecar I'd say fuckit, but I also wouldnt have put poly bushings in not a racecar. So our priorities might be a bit different.
Poly bushings were the only thing that never got sold from my last Miata, I found them moving a few months ago. So said **** it and threw them in. Rear CA's only. It feels great on the street and handles well. I'm going to leave it and just try and stay on-top of regular tire rotations.
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