When I picked up my FPV Pursuit and drove away I noticed the wheel alignment was way out (wheel was a long way offset to the right). So, knowing a friend who runs East Coast Suspensions in Kirrawee I though stuff it, I'll get an alignment off him and know it will be right.
Then of course, as with all things related to AP it had to pour down and we found the bulging sidewall on the near new 18" SP9000!
So, yesterday I pick up my rim and new tyre ($$$) and notice it's got well over 60 grams in weights at approximately the valve. What's going on here? A closer look and sure enough the inner rim is buckled! I check my photos of the old tyre and sure enough it's a match for the part of the rim that seems to have taken the impact.
Of interest was that the spare wheel (which I used on the day we found the sidewall damage) had been roaded (used) before I got the car. Interesting.
Well, it's starting to add up now. I have now verified the only half reasonable hit I took on the night after delivery was on the left side (opposite) of the car. I can guarantee no hard hits at all except perhaps that one.
Given the wheel alignment was so bad from the moment I left the dealership I now am 99.999999% sure this occurred before delivery. Placed a call to the dealer and I'm going to pursue it accordingly. I was willing to wear the cost beforehand because there were doubts, however with all the evidence adding up it points to an issue before I got the car.
Thing is, given my car went through all the tests, audits etc etc at Ford and FPV, and dealer delivery, it had 112km when I picked it up. The rim and tyre damage can be added to the substantial damage to the front bar and side skirts to make you wonder whether my car was used at a B&S Ball for circle work before I got it! (I know it wasn't but all the damage is road type grazing - not truck ramp damage).
Makes you wonder what happened in that short time before I got the car!