A camber compensator is a great upgrade for VW swing axle transmissions and installation is quick and simple. Follow along as our VW Tech shows you how to install the compensator and make your swing axle equipped VW handle much more predictably.
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Sam here with JBugs.com. VW swing axle
transmissions are a simple and durable design. They do the job of getting the
engine power to the ground, with a minimal amount of parts. The design does
have some drawbacks a major one being the drastic camber changes that occur
under normal driving conditions such as hard cornering. EMPI's camber
compensator limits some of the camber change acting as a sway bar to help keep
the rear tires more flat around corners.
installation is quite simple and starts with the front wheels chocked so the
rear end of the car can be jacked up and set on jack stands under the torsion
housing. The lower two nuts on either side of the transmission side covers are
removed so the camber compensator bracket can be set in place.
jack and a block of wood are used to hold the bracket against the transmission.
The included washers are installed over the studs followed by the original
nuts. The jack and block are used at all four points to ensure the bracket is
firmly in place.
the bench, the compensator is prepped for installation by installing the axle
tube pads at either side. The center pivot sleeve is lubed and pushed into the
center bushing. The bushing is set into the center bracket and the bracket is
bolted to the compensator with the included hardware.
underneath the car, the compensator is jacked up to the transmission with
either side pad in place underneath the axle tubes. It's jacked up into place
onto the transmission bracket, then the bolt is slid through the bracket and
jack is lowered down and the bolt is slid through the other side of the
bracket. A washer and nut finish the installation and the car can be lowered
back down to the ground.
EMPI camber compensator makes driving a swing axle VW much more enjoyable, taking
out some of the inherent wavering and wandering. The installation is simple and
well worth the effort. If you find yourself wondering online, point your way to
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