Remembering why I
dislike working on
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Sep 2001
I think the big problem we face is uncontrolled and unpredicatable movment. As you say, adjusting the suspension for an assumed amount of movement is pretty common. There has to be some give of course or it'll just snap, but it does look as if the car was designed for easy assembly more than anything else.
The old 164 had a much more confidence-inspiring setup and still used very similar wishbones. (mind you, they had so much negative camber that they eat tires as well....but at least there was a simple mod to cure that)
My V6 has been something of a tire-eater since I got it 5 years ago. I have put 2 sets of 'bones on it, new track rod ends & poly bushes but it still just munches them. Tweaked the tracking this weekend as it happens. It was set spot on spec. but I have given it half a degree toe-in to try and save the inner edges that are wearing again. The tread blocks are 'feathering' as if there is too much toe-out.
Makes me wonder if the added weight of the V6 makes it worse.
Rear tyres last forever.
All this tire-munching makes me glad I got my own tracking gauges, just a shame it never seems to actually help.. frown