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How do I install camber and toe shims on rear wheels on a 2001 vw beetle? I just took it to firestone, and they said that they could not install them because they needed a special tool. What special tool? I also heard from them that I needed to be careful of the seal. I can fix most things, but just need the confidence to do it, can I fix this one?

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  • Theron Nienstedt Nov 17, 2009

    Firestone actually gave me the specs on the thickness of shims that I need. I have them ordered from carquest. Once I get them in firestone will align it because I have lifetime alignment with them.

  • Theron Nienstedt Nov 19, 2009

    I actually worked on this today, and put one +.13 toe shim on each side, and one -.50 camber shim on the passenger side. I thought it would be easier than it was, but I found out that the hub has a different bearing than normal in it. It required a puller to get the hub off just a little to get to the four bolts behind the hub. These bolts are where the shims go between. I love being able to figure something like this out...

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Even if you could, you dont know what thicknes shim to use. Take it to VW and have them handle the alignment, I'm sure they have anything needed to make it right.

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ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS AT VEHICLE CURB HEIGHT
A. FRONT WHEELS
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B. REAR WHEELS
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