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I want to swap the Super's 15" wheels and 155 tyres for a spare set of refurbed 14" with new 185's. The problem is that my axle is off centre by over an inch so even with a 5mm spacer the near side inner tyre still rubs on the axle strap mount and 5mm is the max I can space it out and keep enough stud thread.

I've come up with the following options, none of which seem ideal!

1. Go for thinner tyres all round, don't really want to do this as the car is turning into a bit of a fast road car.
2. Go for thinner tyres at the back and 185 up front, is this a crazy idea?
3. Lengthen the studs to take a larger spacer, I'm hoping there are some sort of extenders as oppose to replacing the originals in the hub?
4. Find some new wheels, probably won't work as due to the axle being off centre, with a spacer the o/s rubs on the wing!

Any help or other suggestions appreciated,

I've been under the car today to see if I could centre the axle but don't know how I can change how it hangs, everything looks straight, bushes are good and I can't see how I can space it back to the left?

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These cars aren't perfect but 1" seems a lot of misalignment. It must be either something with the T bar or chassis damage. Are the bushes in the axle to T bar in good condition?
 

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If you are intending to keep the car, I would look to sort the underlying problem
- book it in for specialist rear suspension geometry health check
 

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You're right that it needs sorting as it must be out somehow, the conical bushes look in good order although one side is white rubber which I haven't seen before? I knew when i was under there that I should have taken the t bar off but I couldn't face it so sorted my door cards instead!
 

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You're right that it needs sorting as it must be out somehow, the conical bushes look in good order although one side is white rubber which I haven't seen before? I knew when i was under there that I should have taken the t bar off but I couldn't face it so sorted my door cards instead!
That's probably because PO has replaced the bush (with poly) that is easy to do and didn't do the other side which is somewhat more difficult - I should know i did the same and am waiting for a bit more time and good weather to finish the job! - but it wont make any difference to the alignment - are the T bar bush (where it mounts an the chassis) ok? - no big gaps on one side?
 

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I know what you mean but its the inside bush that's the white one, gaps are even too on the outer bushes.

Oh well looks like I'll be stripping it down at the weekend
 

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Just a thought Simon, you are saying the Tyre is rubbing on the housing for the Axle straps, is it that housing which is in the wrong place. It may have been repaired badly in the past and patched up over the old one pushing it out of place.

Oh and number 2 is a crazy idea, no in that benefit at all.
 

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Interesting point there, if that was the problem then I'd only have myself to blame!

The whole area around the strap mount was rotten so I cut it all out and fabricated a new piece, the actual housing mount itself was saveable though and was reattached. It could be out a bit but not by much but I suppose every little helps.

The axle itself is definitely off centre though as I took the initial measurements from the outside edge of each tyre to the wing.

I knew number two was a very long long shot!
 

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I know what you mean but its the inside bush that's the white one, gaps are even too on the outer bushes.

Oh well looks like I'll be stripping it down at the weekend
Ah right - I guess the T bar could be bent but that seems pretty extreme, CA or AH would probably be able to give you the correct dimensions but you might have to buy a new one to compare - or maybe the bushes are worn badly on one side..one things for sure Simon you have some interesting conundrums with your Alfa's
 

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..one things for sure Simon you have some interesting conundrums with your Alfa's
haha, yes that's what you get from a combination of trying to keep a few old bangers on the road and being too tight to pay for garages to fix things! Luckily I enjoy working on them just as much as driving them.
 

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is it possible to get some photos of the R/A and various hangings, T bar connections etc, from underneath?..........someone here might spot something.

an inch off to one side is a lot......doesn't it drive wierd?
 

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Luckily I enjoy working on them just as much as driving them.

Same
 

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Are we looking at an inch of difference from one side to the other?
In which case would moving over by a half inch then make this even?
When I took my T bar off a few years back to change the bushes on top of the diff and the washers between the T bar and its body mounts I found what looked to be an OE spacer on one side. Could it be that yours has said spacer(s) and at some point they have been re-fitted in the wrong side during a repair, so need moving to the opposite side???
 

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Yes I'm hoping it is that, now the head gasket is done I'll get back onto this. I've bought new bushes, axle straps and other bits and bobs so I'll over haul it in half term
 
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