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Well I looked all over the place and couldn't find it....a HOW-TO on how to install wedgies. I have had these for some time now but as with most things I do, the project doesn't get done. Soooo, today I finally got around to installing my set I have had for a long time. Took pics along the way, not the best in the world but better than nothing. Hope this thread helps, been a while since I have done one.

First - I'll cover a few things first for the newbies.

Q. How can I get me some of them wedgies?
A. SmartMadness carries them - here's a link to them so you can snatch them up. :cool: The Link: Rear Wheel Wedge Kit - BMS

Q. What does a wedgie do?
A. An explanation straight from the link above best describes it.
"This kit adjusts (2 degrees) the camber of the rear wheels of your smart car and eliminates the "Overloaded Trailer" look on your smart car."

Q. Has anyone had problems after they installed them?
A. This thread (first 1K miles with the wedgies....) should be able to cover that question as well as some other questions/concerns.

DISCLAIMER! - I am not a professional, maybe a backwoods hick, or a hack of a shadetree mechanic but not a professional though I am trying to do better :wink:. The car in the pictures has around 10,000 miles of OFF-ROAD - your car should not have a suspension half as dirty.

Now for the installation instructions and pictures:

This is a picture of parts included for ONE SIDE, each side you will use a wedgie, 4 bolts/washers, & a spacer.



Remove Wheel




Remove Brake Drum then remove center bolt from axle end (16mm socket)



Slide axle back then remove 4 torx bolts that secure wheel hub then discard them. (E14 external torx, ) This picture is looking down from the top as if you stuck your head in and looked face down on top of the axle.



Slip spacer on CV shaft, chamfer towards CV joint.



Slip wedge between backing plate and mounting bracket. (make sure TOP markings are UP)




Reassemble wheel hub using provided hardware. (16mm socket)



Reassemble everything else in reverse, center axle bolt torque is listed at 47 foot pounds. Repeat steps on other side, you're done.
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Haha, thanks Barney. I did it at school today, mentioned to the instructor I should do a tutorial and he said go for it as the bay way mine all day to do what I wanted.

I took it apart and put it back together again a few times just to get some practice.
 

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I cleaned & sprayed down a lot of stuff while I had it apart. That was why the hub was out, besides getting slightly better pics.
 

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Excellent job! great pictures. I was surprised when I did mine how easily it was done. except it was about 100 degrees out and I was working on the street, no inside shop and a lift for me...
 

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Thanks Chief.

I'll need to get a set for the Brabus. Wedgies are the coolest and actually pretty simple to install.
 

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I've seen a number of 451s in-person so I'm familiar with the negative camber in the rear. But, when I look at my car, it appears to have less negative camber than previous model years. Maybe it's the 195s my car has in the rear :confused:
 

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Even wear on rear tires and better handling on grooved pavement..
+1! I generally go through tires on smarts more often than I change underwear. Since I got the wedgies on it is now the opposite. :p

I need to add them to my Brabus. 30k and the rear tires are to the wear bars on the inside.
 

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+1! I generally go through tires on smarts more often than I change underwear. Since I got the wedgies on it is now the opposite. :p

I need to add them to my Brabus. 30k and the rear tires are to the wear bars on the inside.

I got the hint :wink:... briefs or boxers... :D
 
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