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    Exclamation Getting Wheel Wobble Past 70-80mph...

    Now I know what your thinking, get the wheels balanced and get it the tracking done...

    Now I've tryed that infact i spent £50 on 4 wheel balancing and 4 wheel alignment.

    Now the thing is its speradic, sometimes it will occur at 60mph and sometimes at 70mph, its a little bit more verociuos than unbalanced wheel wobble. The steering also becomes dodgy...almost like im aqua planning.

    Also, when applying throttle at say 40-50 mph I can feel the sterring pull to one side ever so slightly.

    Now I have just replaced my OEM coupe springs with 30mm shorter springs. Koni I think..

    I did the fitting and did everything back up good an proper...

    I must admit this also did not happen with the smaller 16" OEM alloys the car had previous to the now 18" alloys.

    Could I be looking at track rods? worn bushes?

    Any ideas folks i'm almost at my wits end with this car.

    And last of all I will mention this...now when I fitted the suspension I was a silly sod and only did one of the wheels up finger tight when I finished left front I think. Drove down the road and about half a mile down the road the car started vibrating like crazy, I got worried and limped back home, did no more than 20mph on the way back. Got home and did them back up with the old torque wrench. I have noticed if I'm honest its happened ever since then.

    Could the nature of the wheel being loose and me driving on it for a preiod of time done something to the hub/disk/barrings?

    Cheers in advance guys!

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    Bet it's the tyres.

    I had this, drove me up the bloody wall for 6 months. Turned out it was the crappy Kingstar (Made in People's Republic of Elbonia) tyres the dealer put on.

    Stuck on a set of Bridgestones, runs true well into the 3 figures now.
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    I wonder if moving the backs to the fronts would change this...worth a try I suppose!







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    I have the same problem and I also have kingstars fitted. Is it worth causing a fuss at the place I got them from to try and get them replaced as I've only had them a few months? I was told they were made by Hankook

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    sounds like a warped wheel to me - none of the balances show up any issues ?

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    Nope, I would now say I've had them balanced twice...

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    Obviously you have wider tyres on the car? They sometimes jump in and out of the tracks made by heavy lorries/trucks on the inside lane of the motorway, or it could be the camber put in the road to drain off rain water. My Car bobs and weaves around all over the place on the morotway, but i'm convinced it's my tyres too (Running Toyo RS1's). But they almost need replacing, Bridgestone's here I come...

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    Only came back to this thread from the other one. I had the same problem with Kingstars on 16" wheels. I think they're that soft they go out of shape at speed. You should see how much the sidewalls deform with the weight of a 2.0DTi sitting on the front wheels, despite the correct pressure.
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    One of the front lower suspension arms had a loose bolt..

    I had the car jacked up and I could wobble the wheel from side to side

    But its all sorted now, no wobble and no pull under aceleration!

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