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GT Wheels - are they made of butter?

So how many GT owners have had buckled wheels here?

Took my GT in for an MOT last week - one of the things that came up was a bulge in one of the rear tyres. Garage got her up on the ramp and the reason for the bulge was a badly buckled wheel. When we spun it round there must have been a good half inch of play on the inside rim. The other side was buckled too.

I drove it off and thought I better get it fixed. Found somewhere selling 17" wheels at a decent price - 115 a piece. So I got two new wheels and tyres done that day. Since then the handling was horrible - car just didn't feel stable in a straight line at speed, and there was vibration coming through the steering wheel at speed. It just didn't feel right.

So off I went back to the garage - they suggested balancing the front wheels. It turns out both the front wheels were buckled too! Tyre was really worn on the shoulder on one side too (tracking out?). So they suggested replacing one front wheel, and swapping the other front wheel with a back wheel as it was only slightly buckled. Plus two new tyres at the front. It only had two new front tyres about 10K ago.

So now I've had 3 new wheels and 4 tyres. Next I go to get the tracking done. The garage can't do it as the track rods have seized up :-(

So I'm going to try and get that fixed under the 3rd year dealer warranty (which expires today).

The worst thing is that the vibration through the steering seems even worse now. Not had a chance to properly test it but will find out tomorrow.

I wish I hadn't replaced any wheels now - it drove perfectly before I'm going to have to try avoiding driving over any potholes....

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Not butter but a very soft metal. They do not like pot holes. Or kerbs.
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I had vibration through the steering on my GT shortly after replacing the front tyres. I had them balanced twice and it didn't solve the problem. Several months later I noticed that one of the tyres had been fitted the wrong way round. Once this was sorted the vibration stopped, so check all your tyres are fitted correctly. It will either say outer or have a direction arrow to show what way they fit.
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think there bad, you should try the Ti 156/147 wheels!
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