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Old 06-06-2004, 19:04   #1 (permalink)
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BA ute handling problems

I have a BA XR6 ute that wanders in the lane and tramlines. The slightest bump in the road & the car follows it. I've have it into Ford 6 times & still no success. They've changed the steering rack, tightened the rear shackles, rotated/balanced tyres & have wheel aligned plenty of times. The steering wheel also vibrates if heavy braking is applied. Anyone else having the same problems???
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Old 06-06-2004, 19:10   #2 (permalink)
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What sized wheels do you have on this car? If you have 18" the Dunlop SP9000's are known for this condition regardless of wear pattern, they seem to follow the imperfections in the road more than the drivers steering input.

Brake shudder is a known issue - the dealership should be able to fix that one for you.
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The tyres are 17" Dunlop SP SPORT 9000. I flew down to Clipsal 500 earlier this year & spoke to one of the BRute drivers. He mentioned thick tread patterns on tyres could cause these problems but never mentioned which brand tyre.
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The tyres are 17" Dunlop SP SPORT 9000. I flew down to Clipsal 500 earlier this year & spoke to one of the BRute drivers. He mentioned thick tread patterns on tyres could cause these problems but never mentioned which brand tyre.
I've just been advised by local tyre workshops to go for a non directional tyre (better life & can properly rotate). The tyre is TOYO TASW 234/45 R17. Have you heard anything bad about TOYO (this tyre in particular)???
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I've just been advised by local tyre workshops to go for a non directional tyre (better life & can properly rotate). The tyre is TOYO TASW 234/45 R17. Have you heard anything bad about TOYO (this tyre in particular)???

No idea about the Toyo, but I use a non directional Falken ZE-326 on 245/45R18 (i think the profile is 45, or 40)

Its a good tyre.
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I've just been advised by local tyre workshops to go for a non directional tyre (better life & can properly rotate). The tyre is TOYO TASW 234/45 R17. Have you heard anything bad about TOYO (this tyre in particular)???
Thanx for your help, I'll be buying a couple of new front tyres. After almost a year of these problems, I'll kick myself if something as simple as a tyre change fixes all my steering problems.
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Ive got the Toyo TASW 235/45 R17 on my AUII XR6, done about 5k on them but seem really good so far, fairly good grip and good milage as well as being reasonable price
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were the Dunlops that you had on your Ute the SP 9000 or the SP 3000 as i thought that the BA's cam with 3000 on the 17" rims

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mine does it too, it's just the 18' dunlops

Try driving a truck with dual wheels on the back, it's twice as bad and wanders all over the joint when there are worn wheeltracks in the road and slight dips, depressions etc and the surface is uneven
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is it just the dunlop tyres or the 18s would a change of brands fix this as i think dunlop tyres are shite?
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