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Old 03-24-2004, 03:36   #1 (permalink)
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AU Super Lows and 17" problems

I have 17" Series III xr8 rims with King springs super lows and monroe GT gas shocks, the problem I have is that the car feels like it is driving on tram tracks, has anyone has this problem? also the ride is very hard, is this normal for super lows? or is this more s shock absober problem?, do I need a camber kit?
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

had SL kings and monroe GT all round and found the ride to be quite nice, felt like i had much more control over the car and it stuck like glue to the road. with bumps it feels more like your moving with them, up down up down, rather than staying level.
have since put in Kings SSL's and Gabriel rear shocks, and still love the ride, maybe even better than before. you'll get used to the ride.
i need a camber kit, but will look at it when i get new tyres.
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Old 03-24-2004, 07:38   #3 (permalink)
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

Of course your going to feel more bumps and feel the road better when your sitting closer to it, Doesnt sound like there is nothing extremely wrong with the way your car handles mate, You probably just have to get used to it.

Hamo; Got a pic of ur car with SSL's??
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

I'm very happy with the ride hight ~4" lower then when I got it, and i'm very happy with the high speed responce of the shocks, just not the low speed reaction. also the tram track nature of the steering at the moment is scary, has anyone else experianced the tram track thing?
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

egads ! 4" is a fair bit.
I would try and get your alignment adjusted - if its set at factory specs it will be way out IMO (and this can lead to tram-lining etc). The workshop manual for an AU should list different settings as the height changes (pretty sure the EF one does).
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

I got 17x8's on my EB but its not lowered (yet) and i get a bit of the tram track effect, like when the wheels seem to be grabbin the steering wheel out of your hand and have to fight against it to go in the right direction.

I had my wheels rotated and aligned 5000ks after they were installed and they still do the same thing, im not too worried about it as it doesent do it that much :D
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

Tram lining/tracking is due to the combination of low ride and 8" wide tyres. I had this in the XR6 with King Super lows and standard shocks. As soon as I went to short stroke shocks (Konis) and installed a camber/castor kit, it fixed the problem.
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

JC, what brand shock do you use?
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

The tramlining effect has nothing to do with shocks, or springs for that matter. It has to do with the lower ride height affecting you castor angle. The castor angle is what makes your wheels center themselves if you turn the wheel then let go (the wheel moving back to center).

Think of the wheels on a shopping trolley, it's the same principle.

You castor angle changes when you lower your car, and the only effective way to fix the problem is to change the castor angle back to factory specs, using a camber/castor kit.
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Re: AU Super Lows and 17" problems

yeah mate my EF (superlows, 225 tyres, camber kit) tracks or "tram lines" like a bitch, i hate it. But my AU (superlows, 235 tyres, no camber kit) doesn't track... just depends on the car i guess.
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