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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: No man's land on the Welsh/Shrophire/Cheshire borders
GTV rear camber/alignment way out..help
As per the title I have a problem with my rear suspension on my GTV.
I have read other threads on here regarding instability and camber but from what I have read these tend to be for both sides, come from worn bushes, shocks, springs. The problem I have is my near-side rear camber is visibly way out, off-side is fine. Holding a bubble level against the wheel and comparing with the off-side shows how different the camber is.
This is only a recent problem, last 1000 miles or so and has resulted in 'polishing' the inside 50mm of the tyre at a scary rate. Also took for alignment yesterday and this is way out, tyre shop stated they ran out of adjustment and still alignment was not registering on their equipment, guessed was about -18°. Need help, suggestions, please.
All lower bushes on suspension were replaced last spring (Polybushes fitted to spring arm and shock arms), not lowered & OEM shocks & springs. Just replaced the upper ball joint, before alignment. I have a memory that about the time the problem started I clipped a kerb. What could be bent, broken? Have had a look and nothing obvious. Also shows up as a slight snaking when crossing white line to overtake &/or hitting pot holes. Could one shock going throw out the camber & alignment this much on just one side?
Plan to get under at the weekend & have a proper look, measure up. Is there a prescribed length for the upper arm? Car is a GTV Twinspark 2002.
Any suggestions welcome.