What is camber? Every vehicle has it, but the majority of drivers don’t know what camber is. As it turns out, camber is incredibly important to how your vehicle handles and performs. Here’s everything you need to know about camber from us here at JBA Mitsubishi.
Camber, or more specifically the camber angle, is the angle between the vertical axes of the wheels. The camber angle is essentially the part of the vehicle where the suspension meets the steering. There are two types of camber: positive and negative.
Positive camber is when the top of the wheel is further away from the axle than the bottom. Negative camber is the opposite, when the bottom of the wheel is further from the axle than the top.
That’s fine and dandy, but what does the camber angle actually do?
The camber angle of the vehicle has a significant effect on how the vehicle handles. Negative camber, for example, boasts more grip when heading around corners because the rubber rolls on itself while cornering. In short, the camber angle determines how your vehicle handles when cornering.
Most drivers find themselves heading in straight lines. In that case, the vehicle has the most traction with a camber angle of zero, or when the tread sits flat on the road.