- Camber and Links -
Camber is a setting that can be often taken for granted. Static camber is the angle at which the tire of your car leans in towards the cars center (negative) or away from the cars center point (positive). In general for any type of racing, 99.8% of the time you will run negative camber. Sure you may run zero but 99.8% of the time some negative camber will always help. Camber doesn’t affect the cars straight line performance unless you’re using a ridiculous setting that causes loss of contact patch.
What’s a good starting point? I generally run -1 on my cars to get started.
Front Camber link position is also important. On a short tight track where you want a responsive car, lowering the inner link position will be the right adjustment. The converse is true if you want to take out some “twitchiness” or “edginess” to the car, raise the inner link position.
Rear Camber link position in my opinion is easier to feel the change, compared to the front in most cases. The same holds true for positions though; the lower the inner link position the quicker reacting the car will be. The higher the inner link position, the slower reacting the car will be. A higher rear inner link position can provide more consistent handling however you will give up some chassis rotation which could be good on a large track with sweeping corners.
Shorter overall camber links will give you more camber gain which means as the suspension is compressed, more negative camber is gained. This will give you more rotation in the corners, and more traction exiting the corners.
Longer overall camber links will give less camber gain. This will give you a slower reacting car or one that is “lazy” in the corners, but also one that is more stable overall.
These are of course very basic ideas of camber and camber links. On some cars there’s a lot more adjustments such as moving the link out on the tower/hub without changing its length. In my opinion on that, the further out the entire link goes on the car, the more inconsistent the car reacts overall. I’m sure there’s an engineering explanation but I don’t have it! LOL I’ve never found the need to have my link all the way out on the tower, and out on the hub.
I also feel that the front and rear camber links need to work in unison to a certain point. If you have a car with a super long rear link but then a super short front link you’re likely better off exploring a few more changes to bring the car back to a “balance” front and rear. Just my opinion though.