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Rear camber shim installation on a 1999 Saab 9-5. The procedure is similar for 1994-1998 Saab 900 and 1999-2002 9-3.

Many 9-5 owners face the problem of the rear camber getting out of spec. It's especially noticeable with lowered suspension, which increases the negative camber to -2° or more, with no factory provision to adjust it (the spec on the 9-5 is -1.1°±0.25° for the sport chassis).

Luckily, Taliaferro Imports make camber adjustment shims that fit all 9-5, NG900 and OG9-3, allowing to change the rear camber by up to 1.2°. My 9-5 had too much camber on the left side, and I used these shims to even things out. Tools:

  • 17 mm socket: wheel bolts;
  • 15 mm socket: hub nuts;
  • socket extension with universal joint;
  • torque wrench;
  • car jack and axle stands.
Rear camber

The rear left wheel of my car had -2.9° of negative camber.
Wheel off

Secure the car on jack stands and take off the wheel.
ABS connector

Unplug the ABS connector on the back of the hub, so it doesn't get in the way.
Universal joint

Loosen all four nuts holding the hub. Some of them can only be reached with a U-joint.

These two 0.6mm shims will bring the camber down to -1.7° to match the right side.
Hub loose

Loosen the nuts several turns, so you can pry the hub out far enough to fit the shims.
Shims installed

Slide the shims over the two upper bolts and make sure they are seated properly.

Tighten the hub to 37 ft-lbs +30°. Connect the ABS sensor. Tighten the wheel to 81 ft-lbs.

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