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CA
Cyanocrylate. An extremely fast-drying glue that is used for many purposes including quick repairs of plastic parts and for gluing tires to rims.

 

Camber
Used to define vertical alignment of wheels. A negative camber (most common adjustment) is where the top of the wheels is closer to the center of the vehicle than the bottom. This can add stability in certain conditions. Positive camber is the opposite, where the tops of the wheels are further away from the center of the vehicle than the bottom. 

 

Camber Gauge
A tool for measuring the camber angle of any suspension setup while the wheels are in place.

 

Camber Link
The linking rod that connects the hub carriers to the bulk heads. Some are adjustable via a turnbuckle that allows the length to be set, thereby adjusting the wheel's camber. Some are made of titanium and most have threaded ball-ends on both ends.

 

Carburetor
The mechanism that mixes air and fuel in a proper mixture for combustion and regulates the amount of mixture reaching the engine to adjust engine speed.

 

Caster
The angle that the kingpins make with the vertical plane, ie the backwards or forward angle that the steering axis is angled. Positive caster provides good directional stability by tending to return the front wheels to the straight-ahead position. It also helps the front wheels maintain the straight-ahead position.

 

C-Clip
See E-Clip

 

Center of Gravity
Also C.G. or COG. The center point of mass for any plane, ie. a vertical center of gravity is the center point for the vertical array of mass. In a vehicle, this would be (if all things were equal) half of the total height of the vehicle. Varying mass densities in machinery, however, make it difficult to ascertain exact C.G.'s, especially for vertical measurement. Lower centers of gravity are preferable in vehicles since they help vehicles when cornering and help prevent traction rolls.

 

Centerline
Half-way point running down length of vehicle from front to back, exactly between the two wheel tracks.

 

Chassis
The main platform that makes up the center structure for a vehicle. On sedans, this is typically a fairly flat plate, on buggies and trucks, they are typically dished into a "tub" configuration.

 

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