WITH - SOME OF THE
BEST SUSPENSION TALENT
in the industry, K-MAC has been
researching,designing, race testing and
CASTER & TOE adjustment kits for
the early 1970's.
KITS REDUCE UNEVEN, PREMATURE tire WEAR, improve traction
speed directional directional stability, plus allow ongoing
adjustment for accident
damage, curb knocks or race / rally settings.
By the 1980's, the majority of new car manufacturers
had deleted adjustment facilities, other than front toe (but adjusting "toe" however
THE WEAR POSITION, and actually increases the overall wear
This deletion was brought about by cost cutting
and the ever increasing
speed of vehicle assembly lines allowing insufficient
time for adjustment.
K-MAC - THEREFORE
SAW THE NEED and set about to design and manufacture a
On" range of front Camber
and Caster & rear Camber and Toe kits to satisfy the demand
from sports / competition enthusiasts or simply frustrated
consumers with expensive / premature tire wear problems, which
were brought about by uneven wear, altered suspension height,
carrying extra load, curb knocks, driving on high cambered
roads or front / rear wheel squat, with subsequent inner edge
tire wear. Above problems were further exacerbated by the advent
in the 1980's of "off the shelf" wide,
expensive low profile tires, where facilities for adjusting
Camber because of the extra width are an essential requirement
to maintain even tire wear / traction.
solely in aftermarket suspension manufacture since 1964,
have revolutionized the alignment industry, by setting new standards
with unique "Bolt-On" kits
to simplify ease of installation / adjustment and also provide
increased adjustment range. K-MAC have created, tested and taken
out international patents on these exclusive designs to fit the
entire five basic types of vehicle suspensions...
Strut Suspensions -
Bolt-On kits that simply replace the upper strut mounts,
quickest and biggest adjustment (change to road or
race settings in 30 seconds - just the time taken to
loosen 3 strut tower mount nuts). They are available
in 3 Stages - Steel with Urethane bushed centers "captive" ball
race thrust bearings designed for Street. Stage 2 -
All alloy with Urethane and self align "Pillow" ball
for Street / Race or Stage 3 - Similiar to stage 2 but no Urethane / Flex
for tauter / quicker steering response times! - specifically
for full race applications where ride harshness and
durability are not the criteria. - This K-MAC system,
by providing the quickest / biggest adjustment (plus
increased strength / support) supercedes the current
industry standard which has been around for years
- a non flexible 'slot' design with pillow
bearings. This slot design, besides having less
adjustment because of the hold down bolts
required, also is time consuming to adjust and on
many vehicles requires removal of the strut.
STRUT TOP CHECKLIST:
- All positional / biggest adjustment range.
- Quickest to adjust (Time taken to loosen
the 3 top strut nuts).
- Can adjust accurately (underload).
- Can record road or race settings.
Available in Street, Street/Race
or Full Race versions (Pillow
Ball and Pillow Ball / Urethane centers are replaceable
for virtual lifetime usage).
- Can be fitted with or without Coil-Over
- As they are not an add-on
Camber plate, majority height is not increased
or contained within 5mm (1/4").
for Strut Type Suspensions -...was for 'Chapman-2 bolt
flange struts'. Majority of Camber kits on the market for these
type struts replace one of the two strut to axle mount bolts
with an 'undersize' crank shape bolt to gain adjustment. This
undersized / weakened ---- crank
bolt design was rejected by
K-MAC 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 patented design uses a straight aircraft
grade bolt and instead oversizes the actual 'strut flange' hole
by using a high speed steel drill bit which is enclosed with
This design, besides being stronger
than the original factory bolt, also provides more than twice the
range of adjustment than the 'crank bolt' design 1.75 degrees of
either Positive or Negative Camber (versus 3/4 of one degree) which
is the range of adjustment necessary to adequately resolve most
alignment problems. With four only Part No's covering over 300
makes and models.
was for Ball Joint Suspensions -
K-MAC revolutionized the adjustment of this type of 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 - which was unattainable with other
designs because of the lack of inner fender clearance). Then
a separate adjustment allows for Caster setting. Most popular
kit is for the 1990 - 2000 Honda / Acura front where one only
part No. (331116) covers every model from Accord to Odyssey.
Like all K-MAC kits, they are bolt-on and no special tools are
also for Strut Type Suspension - Honda / Acura 2001
to 2008 Civic, CRV, Element, Integra and Odyssey ('Strut' front
suspensions - Note: Latest Civic 2005 / '08 patented kit also
manufactured). Like earlier models, they have no Camber or
Caster adjustment ex-factory. K-MAC again is the only company
to invent, patent and manufacture unique 'Top of Strut' kits,
to provide separate Camber and Caster adjustment (with either
original coils or adjustable coil over struts).
challenge was for an Eccentric Adjuster - A simple method
was required for the numerous pivoted connection points found
throughout vehicle suspension systems. So that Front Camber
and Caster or Rear Camber and Toe could be adjusted easily,
unlike the current labour intensive adjuster designs over the
last 40 years, where special tools to be used in confined spaces,
were required each time. K-MAC therefore again set new industry
standards by designing and patenting a system whereby the original
size hexagon bolt could be simply turned 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.
K-MAC "eccentric adjuster bush kits" are
supplied with extraction / insertion tools where required to
further simplify installation and are available for numerous
models Audi A4 / S4,/A6, BMW, Mercedes, most Japanese makes
etc. through to the latest Volkswagen Golf and Passat.