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Old 06-15-2004, 22:02   #1 (permalink)
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G'day all out there, I need some help. I have recently fitted a set of wide wheels, (CSA Marauders ,7") and new tyres on an EL I6, and I am have a bugger of a job trying to balance them. What I would like to know is: has anybody else experienced the same problem with wide wheels on Fords? Vibration free up to about 105 kph, after that, shimmies through the steering wheel. I have done everything apart from replacing the steering rack.

Information would be appreciated, as I am considering approaching the wheel manufacturers (Mullins) if there are enough that have had the same problem.
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Old 06-15-2004, 23:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: good vibrations

Do you mean 7" wide, or 17" diameter? Either way they should fit with no probs whatsoever.
Is it vibrating under brakes? Mine does the same, at about the same speed too, and Im pretty sure its because my rotors are long overdue for replacing.
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Old 06-16-2004, 01:52   #3 (permalink)
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No, these are just 15" X 7" Mukkins "Avenger" style wheels, marketed by CSA.
The vibration is when simply driving at 110 kph on the freeway or highway. A vibration thro' the steering wheel. Below 100kph, is good. No-one can fix it. I have been everywhere. I KNOW it is a wheel problem, because it happened as soon as I fitted the wheel/tyres. I didn't do anything else to the car, and before I fitted the wheels/tyres, it was absolutely perfect. I know it's not the tyres, 'cos I fitted another brand new set not long after I bouught the first set. About a month, and they had only done about 3000 k's.

I am so disappointed, I am really thinking of selling the set, complete with tyres, and going back to stock rims. I paid nearly $1200 for them, and it's really pissing me off.
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sorry I meant Mullins wheels. (rented fingers)
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yeah in that case it may definately be worth getting in contact with CSA. It could be a buckled rim or something, a bit hard to tell. Youre absolutely sure its all aligned right, tyres are balanced?
Do you have brake rotor covers (the large flat metal discs that you put on in front of your rotors and behind your wheels)? If so, check they're on ok. We have them on the Fairmont and theyve gotta be spot on before the wheels get put back on, otherwise it doesnt work at all.
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Re: good vibrations

get someone to look at your tie rod ends,
have you rotated the wheels from front to back?
Are the lead balancing weights on the inside of the rim or crimped to the outside?
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Re: good vibrations

I have this problem, but I have stock wheels still.

Turned out to be my radius rod bushes (and im yet to get it fixed...so lazy)
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Interesting, old mate, I haven't looked at them at all. I will do that asap. Do you mean the bushes that are in the control arm, or the other end?

The weights have been in both positions, tibbo, with no difference. And I've rotated the wheels

The wheels aren't buckled and there aren't any disc covers on them either, back2thefutura, and Pedders did the aligning, and they are supposed to be good. they charge enough to be anyway

Thanks for the comment/suggestions.
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I have had the Eseries (and AU..much the same) front end explained to me several times, but cos I havent pulled it apart myself yet, im still at a loss to what is what and where it is

The bushes i need replaced are called radius rod bushes, or lower control arm bushes, or tie arm bushes. AFAIK its where the lower arm bolts to the chassis. There are two, an inner and an outer, i need both replaced.

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Re: good vibrations

Interesting.

I have had some developements too. I have kept my old wheels (my son uses them on his car) so I refitted them to my car, and fitted my new wheels to his car. Guess what? Everything is fine! No Vibrations anywhere.

SO! It seems the my car is at fault, and the new wheels are just wide enough to upset something in the front end. I can't figure out what yet, or where to start, or even if I should start replacing things. His car is older then mine an EF with 220000 k's yet my wheels/tyres are fine on his car, yet cause vibrations on mine.

Maybe I should start with the expensive things like the rack, and go from there. It seems I am standing back and throwing money at the car at the moment!!!
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