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Al3X
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13th Nov 04 at 14:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I just got my new FK coilovers on, and the handling is all over the place! Its really light at speed, and really heavy when trying to park, there is loads of steering judder and also the steering wheel sits off center. Also when aproaching full lock, suddenly the wheel just snaps to the right/left depending on which way your turning, and i have to wrestle it back!?

What the hell is going on? Is it just tracking that needs to be set up or what? Im a little peed off to say the least, i've heard great things about these coilovers...
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What car B or C?
Al3X
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13th Nov 04 at 14:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ooops sorry Corsa B, FK Highsports.
Ian
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Who fitted them?
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Got em on my C. Did u fit em your self? There not as straight farword as normal kits. Did you take the dome bearings off the top of your old suspension leg? i made this mistake! Also what wheels u got, they the right of set?
Al3X
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A guy i know, he works for toyota, sound guy and he knows what he's doing... He just said they need to settle down, but surely it cant be this bad, i feel totally unsafe driving it
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Get em sorted somewhere else mate... i would cos there is something gone wrong there.
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Read your first post again.... def sounds like the dome bearings arn`t fitted to the top of yhe coilovers, also its very easy to knock the front camber out of line as the holes for the bolts on the suspension legs are elongated. Take it to a pro!
Al3X
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Well he's done loads of work on my car, and i know him well. I highly doubt he's fitted them incorrectly, he's lowered 100's of cars.
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The dome bearings are on, i was there while he was doing it. Another guy said i must get the tracking and camber done, so is it just likley to be this?
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Do you get a klunking sound when you turn the wheel?
Al3X
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No
Al3X
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This is whats left of my old suspension... The bit at the top isnt the top mount, is it?

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quote:
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Another guy said i must get the tracking and camber done


Yes.

Camber isn't so critical but could affect it.

Tracking is certainly the cause of much of the problem, you always always need to track it after you lower!
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Ah! Thank you sir, i just didnt want to go and rinse 20 on tracking if it wasnt going to solve anything... So you think thats causing the problems? I so just want her to handle good
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Just went down to the local ATS, and they couldnt do it because it was so low Also i just noticed, the camber angle on the front is negative (I think) I.e. It sticks out at the bottom and tucks in at the top... Is it suppose to be like this
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Tracking will always be out after you lower a car.
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quote:
Originally posted by Al3X
It sticks out at the bottom and tucks in at the top
Yep, when you load weight up on to one side of the car, that becomes a tyre which is perfectly flat on the road = most grip.
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So its good that my camber angle is like that? I thought it was bad as it eats tyres or something

Struggling to find somewhere that can do it, its too low
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quote:
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I thought it was bad as it eats tyres
It does, but the car handles better. Make your choice
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I dont really understand... So if i want can i get the camber set more straight? Or am i stuck with it like that because thats what the coilovers do? Lots of people keep telling me you cant adjust camber on Corsa's, but you just said to get the camber and tracking done, suggesting to me that it can be changed?
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can get camber done but youll need modified parts to do it!

As said most of your problems do seem to be tracking related!

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Negative camber is good mate, nearly -2 degrees on mine IIRC

Tyres don't last as long as they would normally tho, but who cares when you live close to dozens of roundabout like me
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I think ill just leave the camber, i really need to get this tracking sorted, before i plow into a granny/house/wall/bush. I just hope i can find somewhere that can do my car as its so low
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Got some pictures this morning to try and show the camber...



And its quite low


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