There almost isn't a distinctly unique way to set up an AWD vehicle other than just stepping back and taking cues from the FWD platform - if you haven't figured it out already, most AWD vehicles are pretty similar to FWD ones. How a car is set up handling-wise can be as unique as an individual driver's style. Drivers should use this guide to help them set up their AWD cars to suit the situation and their personal preferences. Read, adjust, experiment, go faster!

Camber-Setting Guidelines (Measured In Negative Degrees)

DRIVING USE FRONT REAR
EVO, DSM, WRX, STi (MacPherson strut) GT-R (multi-link) EVO, DSM, GT-R
(multi-link)
1.5-2
AGGRESSIVE STREET DRIVER 2 1.75 1 1-1.5
WEEKEND
WARRIOR
2-2.5 2-2.5 1-1.5 1.5-2
SERIOUS AUTOCROSSER 3-4.5 3-4 1.5-2 1.5-2

Camber-Setting Effects

NEGATIVE CAMBER  
JUST RIGHT TOO MUCH
- Reduced tread lift and wheel tilt - Reduced braking traction
- Increased camber thrust - Reduced acceleration traction
  - Increased tramlining and
  crown sensitivity
  - Excessive inside tire wear

Toe-Setting Guidelines (Measured In Inches)

DRIVING USE FRONT   REAR  
  EVO, DSM, WRX, STi GT-R (OR REAR TORQUE BIASED AWD) EVO, DSM, WRX, STI GT-R (OR REAR TORQUE BIASED AWD)
AGGRESSIVE STREET DRIVER 0 1/16 in 0 1/8 in
WEEKEND
WARRIOR
0-1/8 out 0 0 1/8 in
SERIOUS AUTOCROSSER 1/8-1/4 out 1/8 out 0 1/8 in

Toe-Setting Effects

FRONT TOE-OUT  
JUST RIGHT TOO MUCH
- Reduced understeer on turn-in - Braking twitchiness
- Increased steering input response - Straight line instability, especially
- Reduced toe-in under throttle tendency over single-wheel bumps or split-traction
  surfaces
  - Refusal to turn, unrecoverable understeer

FRONT TOE-IN  
JUST RIGHT TOO MUCH
- Increased stability - Wandering during braking
  - Refusal to turn-in, or quick turn-in and
  immediate understeer