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i'm trying to figure out if I have a bad strut, because the drivers side front rubs on bumps in right turns at speeds over 30. like on off ramps etc. i'm alone in the car, and that means all my weight is on the drivers side, and i'm about 235. the car has new H&R sports, with bilstein HD's, stock sway bars and tt lower front stress bar, along with a neuspeed upper stress. 195-50-15's on tsw trophy's. ???
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (Steve H)

Well I dont know if it will have an effect but HD's are supposed to run OE height springs, Bilstein Sports are intended for lowered springs. But it sounds like an insert may be bad.
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (dubdrvrkev)

h+r and eibach -35mm springs are designed to work with standard shocks .
camber ok after "dropping" car ??
new bump-stops fitted ??
sounds like a bad stut , butcould be a few things .
wheels are all same et ???? sounds strange , but has been known !!
has enough of arch been removed ??
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (blackflygti)

i don't know the offset, but since the wheel is no longer available, i hope i can find the offset. on the front, it appears as though the wheels are as far as you'd want them to be. i'm guessing that since it only rubs on the d/s, its because of my lard ass being in the seat while i throw the car around. tires are 15's. secondly, when i visited the bilstein booth at waterfest, the tech guy told me it was ok to use HD's with H&R sports, as long as i don't go more than 1.5". i hope he was right, otherwise I will have to change the front struts to sports. hey, that might not be such a bad idea
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (Steve H)

what if you park your lard in the passenger street and let someone else drive ??

you may find the et number cast into inner side of wheel
you have had the alignment checked ???
bad camber could cause it , as i said earlier
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (ian c - U.K.)

Ian, thanx for taking the time to help me sort this out. i did have the alignment done when i got the new falken ziex tires. car does pull slightly to the left. tech said the alignment is only adjustable on one side? anyway, i think i'll toss a body in the p/s and see if that changes anything. i was told rolling the fenders themselves would be a good idea. i'm a little unsure how to do it, even though its been explained using the baseball bat. won't this bulge the fender?
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (Steve H)

tracking should only be adjusted one side ,
but i'm talking about castor/camber angles !!!
these need checking periodically (but people rarely do)
they DEFINATELY need checking after you done any work on suspension , and again a couple hundred miles after when things have settled .
uk A1 gti's have a camber adjusting bolt holding shox on ( not sure for usa )
you cannot just undo top mount , undo 2 bolts at bottom , remove shocker and put a new one on !!! the position of one of the bottom 2 bolts is critical !!!
if you need to adjust camber you do it on this bolt .
step back and have a look at car from front , if camber is way out you can tell strait away (one wheel may seem vertical , and other side may lean out at top)
i advise you take it to a shop !!! i only give that example so people know what camber is
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (ian c - U.K.)

ok, i'll be taking it in for a camber adjustment. again, thanx for your help.
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (Steve H)

you gotta get the handling sorted out !!!
that's what these cars are all about
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (ian c - U.K.)

get the shop to set to :
camber : quarter degree negative each side (in at top)
track : 10 to 20 mins. toe in
 

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Re: trimmed front flare, but still rubs occasionally (Steve H)

good, some numbers i can give them. thanx
 
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