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Old 03-07-2002, 05:13   #1 (permalink)
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Question AU2 Front Tyre wear and Caster / Camber kits

I noticed tonight that my front tyres are wearing badly on the outside and inside edge. Pressure is 32psi
I have lowered front and rear pedders springs and AU2 XR8 17" rims and tyres.

My car has pulled to the left since new. Ive done about 20000km now and has had 2 wheel alignments done (supposedly) at local Ford dealership.

The center of the front tyres are like brand new.
I do drive fairly hard and corner hard but I dont believe this wear is normal.

Any suggestions on cause of this tyre wear? and do I need to fit caster camber kit and if so what sort?
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Had the same prob whith my s1 forte It also runs 17" tickfords.Took it to trusted weel aligner and fitted camber kit. prob solved:s2: done 15000k's tyre wear is even.
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I noticed tonight that my front tyres are wearing badly on the outside and inside edge. Pressure is 32psi
I have lowered front and rear pedders springs and AU2 XR8 17" rims and tyres.

My car has pulled to the left since new. Ive done about 20000km now and has had 2 wheel alignments done (supposedly) at local Ford dealership.

The center of the front tyres are like brand new.
I do drive fairly hard and corner hard but I dont believe this wear is normal.

Any suggestions on cause of this tyre wear? and do I need to fit caster camber kit and if so what sort?
Actually driving the car hard will cause the tyres to wear on the outside. You will be quite surprised how how much a tyre distorts in cornering at high speed.
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Actually driving the car hard will cause the tyres to wear on the outside. You will be quite surprised how how much a tyre distorts in cornering at high speed.
HHmmmmmmm.............mine were slightly worn on the outside, but badly worn on the inside. Now i'm confused cause i do occasionally corner hard too.
Camber kit needed???????
Going to pedders today for a wheel-alignment (new tyres all round). I'll see what they say.
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HHmmmmmmm.............mine were slightly worn on the outside, but badly worn on the inside. Now i'm confused cause i do occasionally corner hard too.
Camber kit needed???????
Going to pedders today for a wheel-alignment (new tyres all round). I'll see what they say.
Badly worn on the inside, that's an alingnment problem for sure. Unless you are driving really fast in reverse all the time:s2:
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Wheel alignment eh? Well, there's different wheel alignments and from experience most places wouldn't be able to set the car correctly to save their lives. Even if they know what they're doing (how many tire fitters have an IQ above 100?) the equipment is often out of date and has never been calibrated.

I suggest getting your car aligned at Herrods who have the top gear, or in Sydney I use East Coast Suspensions at Sutherland who do a great job.

As for CC kits, the ONLY one to use is K-Mac. Exxy but easy to adjust and well made.
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The ONLY place to get a wheel alignment is at Pedders. Had it done several times at ford (free thankfully) and a couple of times at "tyre and wheel specialists" but only pedders could deliver the goods. It took them over an hour and a half on my au2 xr6 but it tracks straight and has perfect tyre wear. What can I say but "No Bull".
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My experience with Pedders have been quite the opposite of 'No Bull' - more like 'Full of Bullshit'. My EA when in for one of their 40 points safety checks and they told me just about everything needed replacing. A visit to a recommended suspension place in Blacktown saw him laugh at the list, and instead recommended the urgent changes, and what could survive until later.

I prefer to go to a independant suspension specialist who you can get to know well and trust.
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Re: AU2 Front Tyre wear and Caster / Camber kits

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I noticed tonight that my front tyres are wearing badly on the outside and inside edge. Pressure is 32psi
I have lowered front and rear pedders springs and AU2 XR8 17" rims and tyres.

My car has pulled to the left since new. Ive done about 20000km now and has had 2 wheel alignments done (supposedly) at local Ford dealership.

The center of the front tyres are like brand new.
I do drive fairly hard and corner hard but I dont believe this wear is normal.

Any suggestions on cause of this tyre wear? and do I need to fit caster camber kit and if so what sort?
if the tyres are wearing equally on the inside and the outside edges, then it is almost certainly tyre pressure. 32 psi is a little low in my experience (i was a fitter, aligner, mechanic and then manager at jax) for a falcon.

most car makers recommend a lower tyre pressure because it makes the ride smoother and quieter. try about 34-36 in the front and leave the back at 32. you may need to play around a little to get it right for your driving style. remember to always check them at the same place and at about the same temp.

re the pulling off to one side, the most common cause of this is the tyres themselves. regardless of brand, size, quality, whatever, many tyres have a slightly different rolling resistance and can make the car pull to one side a little. try swapping the tyres from side to side to see if it changes the direction of the pull. unfortunately if you have directional tyres you will need to take it to a place with a tyre machine to get tham flipped on the rims. another option is to rotate front to rear. don't forget to change the pressures!

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Wheel alignment eh? Well, there's different wheel alignments and from experience most places wouldn't be able to set the car correctly to save their lives. Even if they know what they're doing (how many tire fitters have an IQ above 100?) the equipment is often out of date and has never been calibrated.

I suggest getting your car aligned at Herrods who have the top gear, or in Sydney I use East Coast Suspensions at Sutherland who do a great job.

As for CC kits, the ONLY one to use is K-Mac. Exxy but easy to adjust and well made.
I agree there, most wheel alignment places can't align for crap. I went to a place in SevenHills and the car came out worse than when it came in. :dead: :dead:
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