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2015-2023 Mustang Steeda Camber Plates - Review & Install
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Published on 2017-12-11
Ensure your alignment is where it needs to be after a lowering spring install with Steeda's 2015-2023 Mustang camber plates! After you install lowering springs, the suspension geometry is thrown off, which can cause uneven tire wear as well as a loss in steering response. The factory plates do not have enough camber adjustment in them to correct this suspension change. Steeda has engineered its camber plates to have the most adjustment of any plate on the market!
When you lower your vehicle, it will result in your tire sitting too far inward or outward when looking at the car from the front. This is called negative or positive camber. Steeda's adjustable Mustang camber plates allow you to easily correct this to ensure your tire is sitting evenly. These plates have camber adjustment from -0.3 degrees to -2.8 degrees which are the most of any plate on the market! This will also result in increased front grip, steering response, and reduced understeer for the best driving experience possible.
Steeda is well known for the highest quality, American made parts available for your Mustang. These 2015-2023 Mustang Steeda camber plates feature stainless steel, Teflon-lined bearings that sit in a Nickel-plated bearing housing. The plates are Tig-welded, and CNC machined to exact tolerances for a perfect fit. All of this is held on with grade 10.9 hardware with nylock nuts. All of this is backed by Steeda's lifetime warranty.
Application: 2015-2023 Mustang
What’s up everybody? Landan here with LMR.com! Today I’ll be discussing the importance of Steeda’s camber plates and why you them for your lowered 2015 to 2018 Mustang.
If you plan on lowering or have already lowered your S550 Mustang and need additional camber adjustment; then these camber plates from Steeda are a must have.
Camber plates are needed to properly correct suspension geometry on lowered S550 Mustangs. Excessive negative camber will cause pre-mature tire wear resulting in more money spent later on down the road, and of course will provide horrible handling characteristics.
All of that non sense is easily corrected with a set of camber plates from Steeda. These plates are made in America with the highest quality stainless steel for the ultimate in reliability and performance.
Steeda’s camber plates are ideal for any lowered street or track-duty Mustang, and are specifically designed for the S550 chassis and its front suspension system.
Each plate will incorporate a nickel-plated bearing housing that is tig-welded and CNC machined with the exact tolerances. Teflon-lined bearings will ensure proper bearing articulation and all of this is fastened together with metric grade 10.9 hardware and nylock nuts.
From the alignment perspective, each plate will provide an adjustment of negative .3 degrees to negative 2.8 degrees. No permanent modifications are required to your car and these camber plates are designed to fit all 2015 to 2018 Mustangs.
In the box will be two camber plate assemblies and new nylock nuts for those of you still running factory struts.
Before you begin the install, make sure to have on hand a set of spring compressors. If you don’t have any, borrow some from a friend or rent a set from your local auto parts store.
To begin the install, support the car via a lift or jack stands.
Remove the front and rear wheels.
I’ll be starting in the front and removing the two 15mm brake caliper to spindle retaining bolts.
Set the caliper on the rear of the k-member.
Remove the brake rotor and set it aside.
Use a plastic pry tool to remove the two harness clips from the factory strut.
To remove the sway bar end link from the strut, use a 17mm open end wrench on the end link stud and an 18mm deep socket on the nut.
Once the nut is removed, position the end link out of your way.
Support the lower control arm with a jack.
Loosen and remove the two 24mm strut to spindle retain nuts.
Flip these around and rethread them back onto the bolt.
Ensure that the flange on the nut is even with dog point on the bolt.
Strike each bolt with a hammer until the bolt is free from the spindle.
Leave these in place and then remove the strut shaft retaining nut with a 21mm socket.
This method will allow the spring to be removed from the strut without the use of spring compressors.
Carefully lower the jack until the spring is unloaded.
Remove the strut to spindle hardware followed by the strut and spring.
On the strut tower, remove the three 15mm upper strut mount retaining nuts.
Be sure and hold the mount with one hand to keep it from falling on the ground.
Go ahead and set this aside.
With everything on a work bench, remove the spring, bump stop and lower isolator from the factory strut.
Compress the spring, position the strut into spring making sure the lower pigtail is aligned with the lower isolator.
Make note of the spring mark on the upper isolator; install it onto the spring and align it with the upper pigtail.
Install the Steeda camber plate onto the bearing assembly and make sure it fully seated.
Apply blue Loc Tite to the strut shaft threads.
Position the lock washer over the shaft and then thread on the nut.
Finger tighten the nut and then release the spring compressors enough to establish some preload.
Torque the nut to seventy pound feet.
Fully remove the strut and spring assembly from the spring the spring compressors.
Before installing the strut assembly into the car, remove the nuts and washers from the camber plates.
Ensure that the tapered point on the plate is facing toward the outside of the car.
Position the strut assembly into the car.
Place a washer over the stud followed by a nyloc nut.
When tightening the three nuts, make sure the strut shaft is centered within the strut tower opening.
Fully torque each 17mm nyloc nut to thirty-seven lb-ft.
Position the spindle into the strut and align the holes.
Install two new splined bolts through the strut and spindle.
This hardware is torque to yield so new hardware is strongly recommended.
Thread on two new nuts and fully torque to 184 lb-ft.
Position the end link into the strut and torque the 18mm retaining nut to 85 lb-ft.
Reattach the two harness clips.
Reinstall the rotor and use a lug nut to hold it in place.
Reposition the brake caliper and torque the two 15mm retaining bolts to 85 lb-ft.
Be sure and remove the lug nut before reinstalling your wheels.
Repeat these steps for the other side.
Now as far as installation goes guys, bet on a few hours from start to finish. I would recommend average mechanical ability to install these camber plates into your car. Of course, once you get everything tightened back up, run the car down to your local alignment shop and have them properly dial in your alignment.
For us, we usually request a little more negative camber because our cars see several open track events throughout the year. All in all here fellas, I highly recommend Steeda’s camber plates for all S550 Mustang enthusiasts.
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