Extreme Camber in Japanese Cars

Vehicle Search Engine: Over 150,000 vehicles at auction weekly, plus thousands more on dealer lots.
Let’s find the ideal car for you today!!


Extreme Camber in Japanese Cars

Some souped up Japanese cars are known for having extreme amounts of Extreme Camber. Japan Car Direct can source monster drift cars like the Nissan Silvia, Skyline GTS-T, Toyota Chaser, Supra…..in great condition from the Japanese dealer auctions.

There’s even a Japanese term for this called 鬼キャン or “oni kyan”.  “Oni kyan” is short for oni = demon and kyan = camber.

Ony Kyan - Extreme Camber

Oni Kyan

There are three factors that brought about extreme camber: Performance, Japanese laws, and Looks.

Negative camber is the tilt of the tops of your wheels towards the centerline of the car.  Having negative camber increases grip under corning by offsetting the tendency of your tires to roll sideways. Top fuel drag cars, which spend all of their time going straight, will have 0 degrees or very little negative camber.  On the other hand, drift cars, which spend most of their time sideways, will run somewhere between 3-4 degrees or more of negative camber.  On normal vehicles, 4 degrees of negative camber might marginally increase cornering performance, but at the cost of acceleration, braking and tire wear.  The best camber settings, like most other suspension settings, is determined by vehicle use.  In Japan, the mod scene was heavily biased towards mountain racing峠(Tōge) and drifting so the camber settings naturally leaned towards negative camber. JCD can even set up a tour for customers looking drive Japan’s drift car circuits while enjoying the culture.

 

Drift Car Extreme Camber

Drift Car Camber

Racers also tend to run wider tire and wheel combinations as more tire contact = better grip = better acceleration, braking and cornering.  A simple way to be faster than your rival running 8” wide tires, would be to run 9” wide tires.  However if your rival were to run 10” tires, your advantage would be lost.

So began the width escalation… Unfortunately, in Japan, all cars must pass 車検(Shaken), the bi-annual road inspection.  Unlike smog checks in the US, Shaken tests all aspects of your car including if your wheels and tires are sticking out past your fenders.  The test checks for clearance 30 degrees in front of TDC (top dead center) and 50 degrees behind TDC.  The simple solution to pass Shaken for wide tires and wheels that stick out past the bodyline, was to increase negative camber until the tops of the tires and wheels were tucked just inside of the fender line. Of course, shaken has no bearing abroad so you can pick up a nice cambered drift car on the auction block with little domestic competition.

What started off as a performance issue, became a legal issue, but some liked the look and made it extreme.  It became popular in the late 80’s and 90’s for cars in Manga and Anime to be depicted with extreme camber.  Now, extreme camber, is purely aesthetic.  Oftentimes, tires and wheels will be super narrow so that more negative camber can be achieved.  For all of you living abroad, save your tires and increase your performance by running just a little bit of negative camber… or… for those of you who like the look, go EXTREME! Trust Japan Car Direct to find your dream drift car today!

Links of interest:
97 RX-7
95 Supra
Extreme Camber Video
How to Buy JDM Cars
Japan Car Direct Facebook
Japan Car Direct Instagram
Drift Car Camber
Oni Kyan (Japanese)

Shaken testing

Shaken testing


Shaken testing

Shaken testing


Oni Kyan

Oni Kyan

google-review
  • It was my first time buying a car online, let alone overseas. These guys are legit!!!
    Yoshi has been very patient, transparent and prompt with all queries. The car was exactly...
    read more

    Bobby Capa Avatar
    Bobby Capa
    11/22/2022

    FIRST TIME BUYER
    So…. I have just ordered my second car from Yoshiro Nakajima at Japan Car Direct. Keep in mind my first car has only just gotten to the port,...
    read more

    Alpesh Patel Avatar
    Alpesh Patel
    9/11/2022

    Great service. This was my first time importing a car from Japan. Everything was well explained and the whole process went very smooth. Would highly recommend!! Thank you Yoshi!

    John Power Avatar
    John Power
    9/08/2022
  • Importing through Japan Car Direct has been a great experience through and through. Their assistance in the auction and bidding process and arranging shipping is top notch. More importantly their... read more

    Peter Hagemeyer Avatar
    Peter Hagemeyer
    9/07/2022

    Awesome experience working with Taylor, he was extremely helpful and patience. It was my first time exporting a vehicle and he walked me through step by step and didn't... read more

    Eric Southerland Avatar
    Eric Southerland
    9/06/2022

    Japan Car Direct made buying a car from Japan dangerously easy. 🙂 Yoshiro was a great help. He was responsive and supportive through the whole process. They have... read more

    Tim Meunier Avatar
    Tim Meunier
    9/04/2022
  • I had an excellent experience working with Matthew at Japan Car Direct. I was a first time auction buyer and importer to the United States. Mathew walked me through... read more

    Alex Spiegel Avatar
    Alex Spiegel
    8/11/2022

    A great experience for my first time importing a car from Japan. Mike’s customer service was second to none and all the paperwork was in order.

    Bobby Crumpley Avatar
    Bobby Crumpley
    8/03/2022

    Matthew at JCD is the man. I’ve now imported three of my own cars through him. JCD was able to accommodate my unique needs, everything from short turn around inspections,... read more

    Chan Shin Avatar
    Chan Shin
    7/29/2022
  • I highly recommend Japan Car Direct. They help you find exactly what you are looking for and are with you throughout the entire process. Import was seamless. Mike was great... read more

    Sir Selrahc Avatar
    Sir Selrahc
    7/14/2022

    Before this I have never imported any vehicles to NZ let alone one from Japan! I decided to give these guys a shot and bought a JDM Tesla into the... read more

    Edward Yuan Avatar
    Edward Yuan
    7/11/2022

    Great experience. Extremely easy process and Kept me well informed. Highly recommend them if looking to purchase a vehicle from Japan.

    Antonio Sevilla Avatar
    Antonio Sevilla
    7/08/2022
  • It's hard to say anything that hasn't been said from other reviewers! This was my first experience importing a vehicle. Mike Nguyen was super patient with me and my indecisiveness.... read more

    Law_of_the Za Avatar
    Law_of_the Za
    6/30/2022

    I used Japan Car Direct's services to import a Nissan Silvia from Japan to Australia. Mike was very helpful from start to finish and definitely made the process stress free.

    The...
    read more

    matthew martin Avatar
    matthew martin
    6/24/2022

    Just picked up my car that I bought through JCD. I was a complete newbie about buying a car overseas and Mathew was kind enough to basically hold my... read more

    TK Mad Avatar
    TK Mad
    6/18/2022
Japan Car Direct provides friendly, honest, efficient service. Get the vehicles you want today at a price you can afford!!

We accept refundable deposits by PayPal to ([email protected]). Log into your account, and lets start working together today!
paypal-logo3

Back to top
JCD Menu logo