Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 01:18:15 GMT
From: Bob <uctraingNOSPAMnopsamanet.com>
Subject: 900 SE Wander - was Re: Car drifts to the right, normal?


On Fri, 20 Sep 2002 06:09:49 -0400, "Kenneth S." <nimrodnopsams.com> wrote: >Alan Zaza wrote: >the fact that the steering is FAR more sensitive to road >irregularities, like camber and grooves, than any other car I have >driven. Alignment fixed the drifting to the right problem, but not the >sensitivity to road irregularities. This is a combination of two issues. The first is that wider tires suffer "groove wander". It's worse the wider they are and the more worn they are. Some particular tire models seem to do it more. The second issue is the toe in. If the toe is set more towards the "in" side, the car will be more sensitive to irregularities. At the same time, it will be a little faster to respond. You can have the toe set closer to the "out" side of the toe spec and go for less wander if you like. You'll need to find a shop that will do this for you. You definitely want someone with a computerized alignment machine. I'd find an NTB (national tire and battery) if there's one around you. They will let you go into the shop and talk to the guy while he does your car and get it the way you want. They will also display/print the specs and let you see where the toe is before they do the alignment and after so you can verify that it is where you want it. Bob

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