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wrxbugeyez631 04-14-2011 07:24 AM

Weird alignment for all wheel drive cars?
Is it true that with awd drive cars that one wheel is pushed inside the wheel well more than the other wheels? I asked a local mechanic and he said that this is common with awd cars. When i have a couple ppl in the car and make a right car it rubs bad will an alignment fix this? Any input will be appreciated thanks in advance

mosc 04-14-2011 08:05 AM

No, the alignment should be identical left to right. As for why right turns might cause rubbing, you'd have to list your specific wheel size, offset, and tire size. The weight of the car isn't symmetrical, but neither should the tire be close to rubbing. More info needed.

wrxbugeyez631 04-14-2011 12:29 PM

i have 18 inch rims and 225/40-18 tires
Will an aligment fix this problem?

mosc 04-14-2011 12:53 PM

you didn't list your offset and your suspension. Also, if it's a wagon or a sedan. I'll assume the answers are +48, stock, sedan: Check the struts. They might be shot, particularly in the corner where you're rubbing. The "rubbing" might just be your suspension bouncing off the limit. Bad alignment can cause many problems but assuming the wheels are on relatively straight, 225 wide tires at a reasonable offset shouldn't cause rubbing

But if the answers are <48, the suspension has some lowering springs, or the car's a wagon, you have other problems not related to the alignment.

man show 04-14-2011 09:58 PM

This might be a stupid question, but do you have hub-centric rings with your wheels? If you do, when you do wheel/tire rotations front to back, do you always check to make sure the rings come off with the wheels instead of sticking to the hubs? It's possible one could have doubled up... just a thought.

wrxbugeyez631 05-02-2011 07:31 AM

i'm sorry for taking so long to answer...i dont know what the offset is on the wheels, i'm thinking about just buying 17" bbs' and getting rid of the 18's

man show 05-02-2011 09:13 AM

If you're considering stock STi BBS wheels, the only ones that will fit the WRX are those from 2004 models since they share the same 5x100 bolt pattern. Even though they look the same, 2005+ STi wheels have a 5x114.3 bolt pattern and won't fit any year WRX. Just something to keep in mind.

pzr2874 05-03-2011 05:56 AM

[quote=wrxbugeyez631;260585]i'm sorry for taking so long to answer...i dont know what the offset is on the wheels, i'm thinking about just buying 17" bbs' and getting rid of the 18's[/quote]

There "should" be sizing on the rim itself somewhere. Might even be where the tire is mounted and you will not be able to see it.

wrxbugeyez631 05-03-2011 11:59 AM

Thank you for the info I actually wasn't aware that they were diff patterns i'll keep that in mind

wrxbugeyez631 05-03-2011 12:01 PM

i think my shocks are going bad also any reccomendations for a good pair? its an everyday car and only sometimes I race...any reccomendations would be appreciated =)

mosc 05-03-2011 01:23 PM


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