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    Lots of problems... :)

    Hi all

    Posting on behalf of my girlfriends car.. 2000 2.0 Di 16v LS

    She had a 60mm drop on standard shocks.. and they absolutely nailed them.. so much so, when I removed the leg yesterday and spring literally fell out of the shock! The insides of both her front tyres when completely shredded! So dangerous and I've never seen anything like it!

    Anyway..

    Yesterday I fitted brand new Raceland.. went on easy.. whether it's right or wrong.. I used the top rubber mount from the standard leg with the coilover's.. also fitted new driveshaft.. all this to try and find the annoying rumbling noise.. and it wasnt till I bolted the wheel back on I noticed play in the hub..

    Suspect wheel bearing? Would anyone agree with that?

    Fitting the new front struts has thrown the steering out completely.. which I cant really understand because I havent adjusted the track rod ends.. so I'm think the camber must be really really out.. how do I adjust this, or have it adjusted?

    I told her to put the suspension back to standard because I'm annoyed sorting out this stuff.. but I she is admiment she wants her car really low!

    So after this long post.. to conclude..

    Rumbling noise.. and wobbly wheel.. wheel bearing?
    Steering well out, and extreme inside wear on tyres.. camber out?

    Hopefully someone can help..

    Thanks

    Lee

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    Camber is easy enough to check, if it is really out you'll see it by eye if you look at the front wheels from the front of the car - they should sit vertical. The tyre wear you mention would be commonly caused by incorrect camber - however unless there is play in the shock mounts (sometimes there is) then you might have to go for some Eibach camber adjustment bolts which replace the top shock mount bolts and let you adjust camber. Most garages won't touch this on a lowered car though as they can't get their camber tools under the wheel arch so you might need to ask around.

    Wobbly wheel...more than likely bearing but not seen it so just a fair guess.

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    From looking at the wear on the front tyres its massive negative camber.. but I need to find out whats causing it and how to make it better whilst keeping a 50/60mm drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nry View Post
    Camber is easy enough to check, if it is really out you'll see it by eye if you look at the front wheels from the front of the car - they should sit vertical.
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    then you might have to go for some Eibach camber adjustment bolts which replace the top shock mount bolts and let you adjust camber.
    Nope

    You dont need camber bolts with the coilovers. There is adjustment in the shock mount holes. Just take it some where with good 4 wheel alignment and let them sort it

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRI-T Keithy View Post
    There is adjustment in the shock mount holes.
    Really?! Nothing obvious.. I had the complete suspension off the car yesterday..

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    Yep if you look at one of the holes it is elongated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRI-T Keithy View Post
    Yep if you look at one of the holes it is elongated.
    Hmmm.. thanks.. I'll have a gander over the weekend, but more than likely drop it into local 4 wheel alignment specialists to set it up.. once I've replaced the wheel bearing and another tyre..

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    They should sit vertical...probably +/- a silly small % though if anyone knows what this should be?

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    IIRC camber is -1.00 as standard. -1.25 for a fast road setting and -1.5 for track.
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