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Re: Why did Ford change the wheel offset in the AU?
Originally Posted by XRated
Anyway, that isn't the point of my thread. What I was wanting to know, is: Why did Ford introduce this different offset to the AU Falcon? Safety? Weight distribution? It's obviously an improvement, correct? But what is the actual reason behind it all?
The old wheel offset caused that typical falcon tyre scrub on the outer edges of the tyres. The only way to counter this wear was to fit a castor camber kit and run a relatively aggressive negative camber to counter act the scrubbing.
With the offset set closer towards the hub, tyre scrub is minimised without the need to run negative camber on the standard models.
The older offset was probably ran as older cars had a very wide body and to match the width the wheels had to be pushed outwards.
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