What does a Camber do on a golf cart?
The camber is the angle of the wheels of a golf cart The camber is extremely important for maintaining the balance of the tyres on a golf cart. Golf cart owners need a good camber adjustment to ensure a smooth jerk-free ride.
The golf cart’s wheels get wearied away over time due to regular rides over rough terrain, potholes and other uneven ground, to fix which, camber needs to be adjusted.
How to troubleshoot golf cart camber problems
While some golf cart camber problems you can fix on your own, for others, it is better to consult a professional from your local shop. Here is a guide to some of these problems and how you can fix them on your own.
Positive camber: This occurs when the bottom portion of the wheels are aligned inwards.
Negative camber: This occurs when the bottom portion of the heel are aligned outwards.
Listed below are some solutions to fix them:
- Check wheel alignment: You can do this by using a couple of framing squares or a straight edge. You have to place the framing squares right next to the tyres and check from a distance. Both the wheels should have a uniform alignment for a proper camber.
- Use the parking brakes to jack up your car. Then loosen the lower heim joint by loosening the nut of the lower control arm.
- You must adjust the nuts to bring them closer to or farther from the frame of the car if the camber is out or in respectively.
- Lower the car and check the camber. Repeat the steps if needed.
Toe in and toe out problems
Don’t forget to adjust the toe in or toe out. You can do that by loosening the tie rod and twisting it left or right depending on whether you want to toe the car in or out.
- Now lower the car and test the ride.
Golf cart camber problems when lift kit installed
- Lack of options for individual wheel alignment:com mentions that a Steeling 6” lift kit (spindle lift)set has been known to cause annoying issues like aligning both the sides at the same time when you only want one side fixed. One can opt for a 6’ double A arm to avoid such a problem.
- A rollover or crashing golf cart: A six inch A arm lift kit that suits the Yamaha Drive model can cause reduced control over your golf cart if you don’t adjust the camber of its front wheels properly. This model also requires you to adjust the toe in and toe out at the same time.
- Highly displaced camber: This normally happens if your cart is too old and the control arm bushings of your spindle lift kit are heavily worn out. The best bet is to replace the bushings with new ones or simply switch to 6” double A arm lift kit. You can also adjust the toe to fix camber problems that might arise. This happens with the Yamaha G-16.
EZGO TXT golf cart camber adjustment
Unfortunately, there is no camber adjustment permitted on a normal EZGO TXT golf cart. However, feel free to go in for toe adjustment if required.
Sometimes, adjusting the end of the tie rods does the trick for this model. A 1/6th or 1/8thinch variation works quite well for this model. Centring the steering wheel or maintaining optimum tyre pressure can also help in restoring camber for the EZGO TXT golf cart.
How to align 1999 EZGO TXT model:
- Keep the number of threads on each side of the tie rods equal.
- Position the leaf springs so that the axle and frame are square to each other.
- The tie end rods must be fixed to the spindle and steering arms.
- The steering wheel should be sufficiently turned to the driver’ side for the right spindle arm to touch the axle bracket at the point of attachment. You should adjust the tie rod on the driver’s side now.
- Now adjust the jam nuts after a left/right threading.
- Finally fix the steering wheel to the mean position and repeat the process on the passenger side.
EZGO RXV golf cart camber adjustment
EZGO comes up with various models of the RXV each year, beginning in 2008 and the brand seems to be very popular among golfers. You can adjust the camber in these without a hassle by aligning the front wheel. Here is a step-by-step guide.
- Begin by jacking up your car’s front wheels.
- Move out each of the wheels and make a pattern along the middle, covering the circumference.
- Now put them on the ground with the tires facing front.
- Drive the cart forward by approximately five feet with the tires in normal running position.
- Make sure the difference between the front and rear tires are less than 1/8th of an inch.
- For a 2008 model, you can enlarge the hole above the strut using a 10mm bolt at the mounting point on the dash frame. This will help the strut top to move better for a camber adjustment.
For a 2010 model, consider a toe in adjustment of 1/4th to 1/8th inches at the end of the tie rods above the steering box.
Club Car DS camber adjustment
This model only permits the camber to be adjusted on both wheels at the same time; you can’t adjust only one. If a problem persists after fixing the camber, do check the bushing(s), front wheel spring or any bent body part. Here is how to fix your camber in an easy, step by step process:
- First of all, set a framing square on the ground, adjacent to each of the tires. Ideally, they should be equidistant from the framing square. If they aren’t then you should try unfastening the 4 bolts securing the leaf springs to the spring plate at the bottom.
- Look for the hex nut that is placed on the adjustment eccentric right in the spring’s central portion. Loosen it marginally.
- Then rotate the eccentric by using a 7mm deepwell socket so that the desired equal spacing between the tires and framing square is achieved. Your front wheels should be aligned by now.
- Screw back the four spring retaining bolts and move the tires for one full revolution. Once more, check the camber.
- The hex nut should be fastened well to the adjustment eccentric in the end.
Follow this routine up with toe-in/ toe-out adjustments as and where required. While doing this, please remember that the rear toe in measurement will be greater than frontal toe in measurement.
Yamaha G1 camber adjustment
The Yamaha G1 or Gas1 is a smooth golf cart and users have often raved about its smooth acceleration. However, there have also been complaints about it being stiff while going backwards and displaying faulty toe in problems within a few years.
The toe-in figures have often gone as high as 1”, while it should ideally have been 0 to a maximum of half an inch.
For earlier Yamaha models especially, the front suspension is dictated by toe-in and camber.
Some forums like ‘Cartaholics’ recommends shifting the steering wheel to set the alignment to the desired central position.
Often, changing the front suspension shocks also throws the camber angle in disarray. The wheels become pointed outwards (negative camber). In this situation, changing the angle of the shocks only helps the tires to grind on the shocks easily and reduce the stiffness of the ride. And anyway, it is useless to change shock angle to fix camber problems. Instead, it is better to install longer springs or springs that are relatively more still.
A good option to check the camber on a G1 is to check the toe-in. You can easily do that by watching it roll over a flat surface.
If you detect an off toeing in, it will definitely reflect on the camber. You can put in a four stroke axle to take care of the problem. That should help.
Yamaha G2 camber adjustment
Since the Yamaha G2 has the shock and toe in factor controlling the camber, make sure you look out for these issues while wanting to adjust the camber.
It makes no difference whether the kingpins and wheel bearings are in mint condition, camber problems may still arise. Here are some options that might work for camber problems:
- Try to fix the toe-in as close to 1/16th to begin with. This simple trick will go a long way to maintain a proper camber.
- You can have a positive camber (which is actually not harmful for a golf cart) by getting a lift along with bigger tires.
- New king pins and bushings also help to get a bit of positive camber.
Yamaha G9 camber adjustment
Worn out or incorrect struts are a key cause of camber problems in a Yamaha G9 golf cart. Often, this, combined with excessive positive camber can wear away your tires very easily. The positive camber can be a result of worn out shocks.
The simplest way this can be fixed is by using a healthy driver and rider. This usually fixes the camber to a level position (neutral camber). Also try changing your shocks for a smoother ride and proper camber.
- If you jack up the vehicle, spin the wheels in the air and hear a grinding noise, there is a hub or bearing problem.
- For camber problems related to worn out bushings and lower control arm, you will feel too much of play in the front wheels while they are in the jacked up position.
- Greasing the steering box cover well, adjusting the pitman screw till no binding is felt can be a good solution too.
Yamaha G16 golf cart camber adjustment
These carts are known to cause camber problems since most of them use a single A arm lift which puts way too much pressure on the front suspension springs.
Here are some tried and tested solutions you can try to maintain a proper camber:
- Use an ATV double wishbone suspension. With the help of heim joints or ball joints, they perform well on and off the road, for suspension travels.
- You can increase the travel height by 6” for a smoother ride and better camber.
- Using a receiver tube, you can lower the pivot point by six inches.
- Mounting the suspension point up front by two inches and then installing the shocks is a good idea as well.
Hopefully, these will see you through camber problems as far as the G16 is concerned.
Yamaha G22 golf cart camber adjustment
Usually, camber problems related to the Yamaha G22 golf cart can be attributed to weak springs. That’s why it is better to install OEM shocks for heavy-duty machines like this.
If your spindles look like you have excess negative camber in your wheels, they might be arising out of a worn out strut.
Consider replacing the struts and you will have a fine camber again. Negative camber can also be the result of wide tires or loose king pins.
Don’t forget to check out the toe-in of your cart.
Yamaha G29golf cart camber adjustment
This variation of the Gas Yamaha unfortunately doesn’t allow for too many adjustments. However, within limited means, you can adjust the camber of it.
- To make the springs stiffer, you can insert some spacers so that the shocks can stay fully extended and contribute to a neutral camber setting.
- Alternatively, you can try welding some extensions on the upper shock mount. This will enable you to drill fresh holes in the shock assembly in order to improve the camber. This step will give you a smoother ride than having inserted spacers, so it seems a better bet to go for.
- Please check out for toe-in or toe-out problems before you go for the above mentioned permanent fixes.
Now that you know all the fixes to your golf cart, here’s wishing you happy golfing!