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Old 03-09-2002, 02:03   #1 (permalink)
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confused Abnormal Front Tyre Wear on an AUII XR6VCT

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I have got a problem with the front tyres on my AUII XR6VCT. The car has done about 25,000km and today I was looking at my front tyres and I noticed that on the Passenger side the tyre is worn right down about an inch from the outside of the tyre. Its just like a strip where its worn right down, the rest of the tyre is fine.

I then had a look on the drivers side and its the opposite. The tyre is fine apart from a stip of wear (almost bald) on the inside of the tyre.

The rear tyres are fine, no problems at all. Any ideas what could have caused this. It looks like I am going to have to get two new front tyres. However if thats the case then I am thinking about getting 18" for the XR.

Does anyone know what price range 18" (tyres + wheels) would cost?
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Old 03-09-2002, 02:07   #2 (permalink)
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What pressures are you running?
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Umm can't remember the exact pressure at the moment. However from memory I think its about mid-range according to the tyre pressure guide on the inside of the door.
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You'll get great tyre wear running at about 40psi. If you've got low profile tyres you need high pressures
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yeah that makes sence with those tyre pressures. Its wired this tyre wear, I would expect the rear to be worn the same however there perfect. I rekon it must be alignment or something like that.
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It seems to be a common problem with the AUII, I've noticed mine pulling to the left not long after I drove it from the showroom. There has been a lot of threads about this topic, though I don't think anyone has come up with an answer yet.

Ford recommend a 30 psi pressure for the AUII XR6.

I was just reading another thread that recommends bumping the pressure up to around 38 psi. What was said makes good sense, I might have to visit a servo tomorrow.
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Hmm the only concern I have with bumping the presures right up would be the handling. Increasing the presure that much I would think would change the handling characteristics.. Anyone know for sure the effects.
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The only thing that will happen by upping the pressure is that the ride will be a little harder.

I'm going to try it on mine tomorrow and see how it goes for a couple of weeks. If it stops the pulling to the left and the tyre from wearing on the outside, well I'm willing to put up with a harsher ride. It's not as if the Tickford suspension on the XRs make it the most comfortable riding car on the road!
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hmm doesn't sound that bad.
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Higher pressures will sharpen up things like turn in etc, due to less sidewall movement, the con is the harsher ride.
I run my tyres at 44psi and get great turn in , roadholding (for an XG) but it is a bit rough, but hey I didn't buy a limo!
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