K-MAC explaining Car Suspension
Camber&Caster Suspensions product:
LISTED BELOW ARE THE 6 BASIC TYPES OF VEHICLE SUSPENSIONS, WITH k-mac.com HAVING INNOVATIVE PATENTED ADJUSTER KIT DESIGNS FOR FOR ALL 6.
1. McPherson Strut Suspensions
Bolt-On kits that simply replace the upper strut mounts, quickest and biggest adjustment (change to street or race settings in 30 seconds – just the time taken to loosen the 3 strut tower mount nuts).
They are available in 3 Stages (Camber&Caster):
Stage 1 (Street)- Steel with elastomer bushed centers and “captive” ball race thrust bearings.
Stage 2 (Street / Race) – All alloy k-mac.com use ultimate hi-strength aircraft grade 7075 aluminum with extra H/Duty self align spherical bearings (self lubed – PTFE lined) encased in elastomer for extended life / commuter usage.
With k-mac.com centers are also replaceable for virtual lifetime usage. Camber&Caster kits are designed to fit with factory / OEM diameter springs or smaller (60-70 mm) O.D. Coil Overs. Another k-mac.com feature – Separate H/Duty radial thrust bearings are included for “Steering Loads”!
Stage 3 (Full Race)- Similar features to Stage 2 but no Elastomer / Flex – for tauter / quicker steering response times, more effective shock control! – specifically for full race applications where ride harshness and durability are not the criteria.
This k-mac.com system, by providing the quickest / biggest adjustment (plus increased strength / support) supersedes the current industry standard which has been around for years – a non flexible ‘slot’ design with spherical bearings.
This slot design, besides having less adjustment because of the need for access to the hold down bolts, also is time consuming to adjust and on many vehicles requires removal of the strut.
2. Newer Strut Type Suspensions
Brought about by the OEM industry simplifying manufacturing techniques. k-mac.com’s Camber&Caster design challenge here was to design, develop a system whereby substantial adjustment could be made to change both Camber&Caster settings simply and accurately yet (because of the limited accessibility) without the need for any structural modifications.
3. Design for popular – ‘2’ Bolt Flange Struts (Chapman) Suspensions – k-mac.com MAXI CAMB (TM)
CAMBER KITS CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET FOR THESE TYPE STRUTS ARE CALLED “CRANK BOLTS” – WHICH IS AN OFFSET BOLT DESIGN. BASICALLY ONE OF THE 2 CRITICAL BOLTS THAT HOLD THE STUB AXLE / WHEELS ON IS DOWNSIZED!
For example a 14mm bolt is replaced by a 12mm crank shape bolt – this 2mm reduction is then used to gain adjustment.
This undersized / weakened crank bolt design was rejected by k-mac.com as these 2 bolts are a critical suspension component, (holding the stub axle / wheels on) and the new car industry isn’t noted for oversizing componentry!.
Instead the k-mac.com patented design…
- Eliminates / Supercedes the need for downsize crank bolts.
- Provides ‘3’ times the adjusment range.
- Unlike crank bolts – features a fail safe / non slip lock system always maintaining and ending the frustration of Camber setting changing! changing!.
Just 3 k-mac.com MAXI CAMB Part No’s cover over 300 makes and models of this popular Front and Rear Suspension “2 Bolt Flange” Strut System.
4. A Design also for Strut Type Suspension where no Coil Spring/Strut Tower Clearance.
Also these latter models there is no adequate clearance outer diameter of coil spring to inside of strut tower for Camber&Caster travel / adjustment. k-mac.com again invented, patented and manufacture unique ‘Top of Strut’ kits, to provide separate Camber&Caster adjustment with original OEM coil diameter. Also kits available for adjustable coil overs.
5. A Design was for Ball Joint Suspensions
k-mac.com REVOLUTIONIZED THE ADJUSTMENT OF THIS TYPE OF (DOUBLE WISHBONE) SUSPENSION BY INVENTING AND PATENTING A UNIQUE SLOT SYSTEM, WHEREBY AN ACTUAL BALL JOINT COULD BE ADJUSTED IN OR OUT TO VARY CAMBER SETTINGS (BY UP TO 3 OR 4 DEGREES).
This k-mac.com design has now become worldwide the industry standard for wishbone suspension alignment adjustment.
Like all k-mac.com kits, they are bolt-on and no special tools are required.
6. k-mac.com’s challenge was for an Eccentric Adjuster
A SIMPLE METHOD WAS REQUIRED FOR THE NUMEROUS PIVOTED BUSH CONNECTION POINTS FOUND THROUGHOUT VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEMS, SO THAT FRONT CAMBER&CASTER OR REAR CAMBER AND TOE COULD BE ADJUSTED EASILY, UNLIKE THE CURRENT LABOR INTENSIVE ADJUSTER DESIGNS OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS, WHERE IT IS NECESSARY FOR TIME CONSUMING REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF THE BUSHINGS EACH TIME TO CHANGE A SETTING.
k-mac.com therefore again set new industry standards with another design breakthrough by designing inventing and patenting a system whereby the original size hexagon bolt head could be simply rotated on vehicle to precisely adjust the bush to the required alignment setting, then locked in this position.
This labour saving system was accomplished by the concept of the bolt being designed in such a way that it interlocked with the steel eccentric inner bush – turning the easily accessible bolt head adjusted the alignment setting.
All above k-mac.com “eccentric adjuster bush kits” are supplied with extraction / insertion tools where required to further simplify installation and are available for over one hundred models- Audi, BMW, Mercedes etc. Virtually every make from Audi to Volvo.