2001 Subaru Outback Wheel alignment

Tiny
RLINDLEY
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  • 2001 SUBARU OUTBACK
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 78,000 MILES
Yesterday 2/23/08, I was told from a tire shop that 2 of my inner tie-rods were loose and needed to be replaced. They also said I needed a wheel alignment after they replaced the tie-rods. The alignment on 4-wheels was done, but I was told that there is no adjustment capability of camber adjustments for the rear. They said I needed to buy a special camber kit in order to adjust the rear & left camber. My right rear was -0.9 degrees which the range is -0.9 degrees to 0.6 degrees. My left rear was -0.3 degrees. The tire service shop looked up to see if a camber kit for the rear is available and according to them it said that it is not available for my subaru year. I find it hard to believe as long as Subaru has been making All-wheel drive, that they don't have this camber adjustment built in. Can you verify this information the shop told me. Also what would cause both my tie-rods to be loose enough and be replaced. Aren't these simply a adjustment for toe?

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Sunday, February 24th, 2008 AT 2:50 PM

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Tiny
JACK42
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My software syas that if the camber is out iof spec, to replace the bent/broken parts as needed. Might want to Google th eaftermarket to see if anyone makes a kit
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Monday, February 25th, 2008 AT 10:21 AM
Tiny
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Sir, I don't think there is a broken or bent part, the tire alignment shop said that it needed the camber adjustment, but it needed a camber kit. Are you saying that there must be kit in order to make this camber adjustment? Also are you saying because it is out of spec
that it is the result of a bent or broken "part"? If the latter is true, then what part do I need to replace? I appreciate your answer to these. By the way, I wish I had found this website earlier, its great!
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 AT 8:42 AM
Tiny
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Sorry to be so vague, all I can do is read what my software says and relay it to you. Im not real familiar with Suby's, but I looked up your car in Specialty products catalogue (premier suspension adjustment kits) and they list a camber kit for up to 2000 but n/a for 01. Their web is specprod. Com . If it is both sides that have toomuch camber it is a ride height issue, only one wheel would most likely be a worn part such as a bad bearing or bushing. Hope this helps you. I would Google " 01 subaru outback rear camber kit " and see what comes up
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 AT 10:19 AM

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