Many of the Pro-Touring groups have adopted the trend of lowering their muscle cars to get a lower center of gravity and better handling for their vehicle. Lowering the car can alter the caster and camber of the vehicle’s front wheels and lead to an unsafe driving condition however. These ride height modifications can cause a dynamic change in the toe-in or toe-out of the front tires as the suspension articulates through its range of motion. This sudden change in toe-in and toe-out is commonly referred to as “bump-steer.”
The folks at Baer Brakes have a solution for bump-steer.
What Is Bump Steer?
When the suspension is lowered or the caster or camber is altered, the position of the steering arm is also changed. Depending on the suspension geometry, this can lead to an undesirable steering input as the suspension compresses or extends in its travel.
Simple maneuvers, such as hard braking, cornering, or traveling over road-surface irregularities, compress the suspension and compromise the tie rod’s movement by pushing it to the limit of its articulation range as it attempts to track the arc of the steering arm. As suspension movement is altered, a sudden change in “toe in”/”toe out” can occur, unsettling the suspension and giving the vehicle a tendency to dart.
Baer Brakes offers Baer Trackers to solve the bump-steer problem. The pin-height-adjustable tie rods allow compensation for ride height and suspension geometry changes, enabling an optimal range of articulation. If you raise or lower your suspension, bump-steer is one issue that you need to be aware of.
Baer Trackers feature:
- CNC machined sleeves out of 6061-T6 aluminum
- Teflon lined heim joints
- Just under 1” of shims (per side) for a wide range of adjustability
- Machined pins with correct tapers for a number of applications.
- No modifying or drilling of the spindles required
- A wide variety of vehicle specific trackers available
- Also available as parts for someone looking to build their own for unique applications
- 100% Made in the USA with US sourced material
Currently Baer has Trackers for 1995-2012 Mustangs, 1965-1968 GM Full-Sized, 1964-1970 GM A-body Chevelle, 1971-1977 Chevelle, 1967-2012 Camaro, 1967-2002 Firebird, 1978-1988 Monte Carlo, 1968-1979 Nova, 1963-1982 Corvette, 1988-2012 Corvette, 1982-1995 Chevy S-10, 1988-1998 Chevy C-10, 2002-2005 WRX/Imprezza and many more.
For more information, visit them at www.baer.com or call 602-233-1411