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Camber In & Camber Out

This article is part of a section of the RcTek site devoted to radio controlled model car handling. As car handling is an extremely complex subject, it will be quite some time before it is finished.

There are many different methods in achieving the desired settings on radio controlled model cars with this article we wish to clear up a potential area of confusion with determining camber angles.

This article assumes you have read and understood our Camber Angle Basics article.

Camber Angle Differences

Camber Zero Model Car Setting

When setting up model cars, the camber is can be quoted in a number of ways with some manufacturers quoting terms such as Camber In and Out.

This can be a little confusing to some people as they may well know the terms Neutral, Negative & Positive Neutral (or Zero) Camber is the base reference for all camber measurements and this is shown in the image to the right.

Camber Out

Camber Out Model Car Setting

The term Camber Out refers to the angle of the wheels when you are initially setting up the car.

This is normally done by removing the shock absorbers and placing the car on a raised block to allow the suspension to fully droop down.

The camber can then be measured by using such as a Camber Gauge and adjusted by whatever means the manufacturer of the car has provided.

Camber In

Camber In Model Car Setting

The term Camber In refers to the angle that the wheels are set to when the shock absorbers have been refitted and any raised block it has been sitting on has been removed.

In theory this angle could be Neutral, Negative or Positive and so you should not automatically assume that Camber In means Negative Camber.

Related Information

Camber Basics

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