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tire wear

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by twistedminds, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. twistedminds

    twistedminds Registered Member

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    I have a straight axle in the front of my k5. My tires in the front are wearing like i had IFS and my alignment was off. The outside of the tire, is worn to the legal limit and the inside is still pretty good. How is this possible?
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  2. clubba68

    clubba68 1/2 ton status

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    Has fixing your alignment not helped?
    I would start with checking your ball joints. Then move to wheel bearings. I would think that you would have some decreased steering performance with these problems though.
    Caster/camber problem maybe?
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  3. twistedminds

    twistedminds Registered Member

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    i havent gotten an alignment, i have crazy steering problems. im gonna get an alignment when i get my new tires. im ordering them tomorrow, when they come im gonna have a local place put them on and do an alignment.
     
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    sounds to me like hes got some crazy positive camber
     
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    quit making fast corners
     
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    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    That would be too much toe in, if just the outside of the front tires are wearing...

    If you think about it if the tires are pointed like this /---\ They are gonna wear a lot more on the outside... you need to adjust it so it has more toe out instead of toe in...
    if you toe it OUT too far then they will be pointed like this \---/ and they will wear on the inside of the front tires.

    You actually want a little toe in because as your going down the road the tires will want to tend to get pushed out so they will be pretty much straight.

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  7. Jonny-K5

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    You actually want a little toe in because as your going down the road the tires will want to tend to get pushed out so they will be pretty much straight.

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    my buddy who owns an alingment shop told me that for straight axle like ours with big tires (33+) wear better with zero toe in. can't remember the reasons why but hes been doing this for 20+ years so i trust him.thats how mine are set up and are wearing great. my $.02
     
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    I have this problem too. My toe is fine, I was told something about offset balljoints. I think one way to cure this is to just get a king pin 60, sooner or later.
     
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    I don't think that they make offset balljoints for our trucks, but either way, the concept of changing the camber to achieve a proper alignment is the same.
     
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    Tim,
    Have you said what that thing is in your Avitar is? Why it changes colors? And why the hell is it running backwards? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
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    Too much toe would 'feather' the tread not wear the outside only.

    I thought they made thin shims for behind the spindle to correct camber?

    Rene
     
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    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    Yes, I thought they made shims too, but I was told no. However I had heard of them here, so maybe someone has used them before.
     
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    I have seen the shims at complete off road. They have lots of good dana parts too. Just add a .com to their name.
     
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    my truck has camber shims in the spindle too. they do exist.
     
  15. twistedminds

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    thnx for all the insight guys.
     

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