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Old 12-14-2007, 10:09 PM
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If you're really interested, Simon at www.Autotalent.com beat the autoanything price for me. He also got me uprated springs from Germany.

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Ouch, here's an update on my KW V3. Appears to be a common issue:

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hmm gotto check mine, but dont think thats happend for me yet.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:06 PM
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Yeah, check them out. I guess as long as one shoulder of the flange remains I can still align it. KW wants it back to inspect before they'll ship me a new one. Kind of a pain since I rely on the car to get to work.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by DVC View Post
Ouch, here's an update on my KW V3. Appears to be a common issue:
Apolgies for my ignorance... but what are we looking at in the photo?

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Old 08-11-2008, 02:19 AM
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Looks to me like that bolt must have worked loose and shift to put pressure on that 'U' piece. It also looks like washer could be smaller just the same.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Karl Glynn View Post
Apolgies for my ignorance... but what are we looking at in the photo?

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I believe you are looking at where the strut bolts to the front spindle. Am I correct?

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Old 08-11-2008, 03:40 AM
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I would have to agree with Patrick,
there is really no sideways pressure on the broken piece. the bolt was probably not done up tight enough. or as we have seen before the bolt itself fatigues. because of the cut in the adjusting bolt it weakens the thread. We replace these bolts every so often.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:50 AM
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Looks to me like that bolt must have worked loose and shift to put pressure on that 'U' piece. It also looks like washer could be smaller just the same.
That is not a washer - that's the camber eccentric bolt. The washer is part of the head and is offset to set the camber. You position the bolt head to set the desired camber, and then you torque down the nut on the other side.

The flaw is in the fraility of the eccentric guide.
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Originally Posted by Rich Sandor View Post
That is not a washer - that's the camber eccentric bolt. The washer is part of the head and is offset to set the camber. You position the bolt head to set the desired camber, and then you torque down the nut on the other side.

The flaw is in the fraility of the eccentric guide.
Well it's definitely eccentric. Odd how there is that circular mark around the base of the bolt head on the 'not washer'?
Travis, can you see any signs of this bolt being loose?
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:33 AM
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Yes, I see the "not washer" imprint also on the right side of the guide. It also appears that the top of the "not washer" has been under the raised section of the camber guide .

I have been looking at this setup for a few months, and the reviews are great. This is not something that will keep me from buying the KW's. I will follow this post to see the outcome from KW.

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Old 08-11-2008, 06:41 AM
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Well despite what's going on here, they are a very good product. I'm interested in what response Travis gets to his problem though.
When I said 'not washer' I wasn't trying to be a smart *** either. Just a term.
Sean, if you think of it, may as well check mine out for any signs of this. I doubt it based on the lack of miles but you never know.
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:29 AM
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It was not my intention to bash the product or take away from your response or go off topic. I thought it was a good term so i went with the terminology and made my observations of the photo. I was kinda being a smart *** using your description, "not washer", but only because I thought the description was good, and keeping in line with the thread of it not being a washer, but an eccentric bolt.

From what I have read about this setup, they will still be what I go with, when it's time.

Have a good day.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:15 AM
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I think we're all on the same page here. The product is very good and I'm sure there are others out there that are also excellent but I chose this brand based on a lot of recommendations mainly from guys in the UK. I'm very happy with the choice.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:47 AM
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The bolt was still torqued down, and although it appears as though the cam rode the shoulder in the picture, it did not. I believe Rich's assessment to be the case.

I'm with Pat though, I love these things and don't regret buying them. The car is my daily driver and a street warrior, and thus far they have been flawless.

FWIW, I can still adjust and hold any degree of chamber I may wish to run. I will let you know the extent of KW USA's support. I cannot recommend Simon at Auto Talent enough. He has been tireless in working with KW, to not only rectify my issue, but in consulting the engineers on my desire to run the V3 without torsion bars.

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