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Motorsport Wheel Alignment: Introduction

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Introduction

02.08

00:00 - The car we're using for this worked example is a Honda Integra circuit racing car.
00:05 This is a dedicated race car that's trailered to events.
00:08 This means that the setup that we're going to be going for is more aggressive than if we were going to be running this car on the road as well.
00:14 This model of Integra has double A arm suspension in the front and Honda's typical multi link style suspension that they use in all of their high performance Civics and Integras of this era in the rear.
00:25 Overall this is a good starting point for a suspension layout for track use.
00:30 The car itself is significantly modified compared to how it left the factory.
00:35 It's got a K20 engine conversion and a sequential gearbox.
00:38 The front brakes are upgraded with the callipers, discs and pads all being aftermarket.
00:42 In the rear some upgraded brake pads are fitted.
00:46 It's also got 17 inch wheels and 240 width Michelin slicks.
00:50 Suspension wise the car has adjustable aftermarket upper control arms in the front and aftermarket upper links in the rear.
00:57 Both ends of the car also have a roll centre correction kit as well as upgraded anti roll bars.
01:02 With the rear having adjustable length anti roll bar links.
01:06 Bump steer correction has also been added to the front and a full set of coilovers are also fitted which gives us the ability to adjust the damping, the overall damper body length via the lower mount and ride height via the spring perches.
01:20 Many of the factory style polymer suspension bushes have been replaced with spherical bearings as well.
01:26 The adjustments we have available to us are adjustable camber and toe in all 4 corners, caster adjustment and bump steer on the front as well as coilover length and ride height thanks to the aftermarket coilovers.
01:40 Camber adjustments on the front axle are made by the sliding adjustment at the outer pivot of the upper control arm.
01:46 On the rear we can adjust the camber by adjusting the length of the upper link with the built in threaded adjuster.
01:53 Caster adjustments can be made by fitting shims to the multi part front lower control arm.