Car pulling left

Mortz

Leaving Skid Marks
Location
Tweed Coast, NSW
First Name
Luke M
Drive
1997 Legnum VR4
OK fellas im in need of some advice. :) Owned my Leggy for about 2 months now, after buying privately and I've been trying to work out why the car is pulling to the left. I bought the car lowered and was told an alignment would sort out the issue, didn't see any reason to not believe the seller as everything else he stated about car was correct. I've taken it in to Bob Jane for an alignment and balance twice and have been told that the camber/castor is pulling the car left and I would need a Camber adjust kit, which they don't have for Legnum. Values are as follow

FRONT: Caster +05.11 LH and +04.89 RH
Camber -01.24 LH and -01.01 RH

REAR: Camber -3.06 LH and -02.86 RH

I have seen the thread on the quick fix camber adjust and I don't really feel keen to do it myself as im not very mechanically minded. So my questions are: are camber issues common with lowered VR4's? Also how should I go about getting my car steering straight again without doing it myself and killig my car? :D Thanks for any help guys and hopefully my noobish questions may help out some other VR4 owners looking at lowering their ride.
 

ygoslo

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Location
Victoria
First Name
Tim
Drive
91 Silvia, 97 Galant
Before doing anything I'd take it to a suspension specialist. After having cars aligned at my local Bob Jane a couple of times I will never take a car there again. They don't know what they are doing.
 

bradc

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Location
New Zealand
First Name
Brad
Drive
Facelift Manual 400hp VR-4 Legnum
All those figures are quite close to each other. Mine are about the same at the front and about 2.5-2.6 at the rear.

What are your toe settings?
 

Mortz

Leaving Skid Marks
Location
Tweed Coast, NSW
First Name
Luke M
Drive
1997 Legnum VR4
Tim: Im starting to think you are right. They've been pretty vague on any details.

Brad the toe settings are:

FRONT: Total toe -0.3mm
Half toe -0.2mm -0.1mm

REAR: Total toe +1.6mm
Half toe +0.6mm +0.9mm
 

bradc

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Location
New Zealand
First Name
Brad
Drive
Facelift Manual 400hp VR-4 Legnum
All those figures are quite close as well. What are your tyres like? Are they all the same brand and have similar tread depths?
 
G

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how badly does it pull to the left?

the slightly higher front left toe, combined with the slightly higher front left castor might cause it to pull a tiny bit, but nothing major i would think..

mines similar setup to yours id say, lowered quite a bit, so the camber is insane, especially on the rear, but it doesnt pull to one side or anything.
 

Mortz

Leaving Skid Marks
Location
Tweed Coast, NSW
First Name
Luke M
Drive
1997 Legnum VR4
Brad: Brand new compliance Nexens. Crappy quality but not the cause lol. Tyres seem fine as far as I can tell. Although the front left (side it's pulling to) tyre was down to 20psi the other day, which I found strange since I check them about once a week. But it's been staying pumped up as far as I can tell.
Mitch the car pulls to the left pretty bad. Say I let go on a totaly flat road it'll pull me off the road in a few secs if I don't keep a light grip on wheel. Annoying on long trips.
 
G

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i'll bet..

as ygoslo said, take it to a suspension specialist, my R33 has adjustable everything suspension wise, and a normal tyre place still couldnt get my car to drive right.
i took it to a specialist in perth, and it was the best wheel alignment i'd ever had, drove straight as an arrow.
 

Mortz

Leaving Skid Marks
Location
Tweed Coast, NSW
First Name
Luke M
Drive
1997 Legnum VR4
Thanks for the help guys. And i reckon thats probably a good idea Mitchy, will report back when I get her checked out.
 
G

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I am not sure but the camber and castor being 20 minutes out on the right side would pose a fairly substantial problem because (if i listened to my teacher right) the castor will increase the camber problem by 2 - 3 times (i think) so have a look into getting the castor fixed at the same time but I dont know what they should be I would have thought that +1.00 would be more then ample. Most wheel alignment joints will only do the camber and toe.
 

Mortz

Leaving Skid Marks
Location
Tweed Coast, NSW
First Name
Luke M
Drive
1997 Legnum VR4
Hopefully a suspension specialist will be able to fix up the caster or whatever the hells wrong and set me right.
 

naughtika

OzVR4 Stalker
Location
Brisbane, QLD
First Name
Christian
Drive
'96 Galant VR4, '17 MB A180, '25 Macan GTS
i had my car aligned at beaurepaires coz it was pulling to the left as well.. the guy who did it was quite nice (I think his name was Cameron).. he showed and explained to me what he was doing.. and what had to be done..

also he didn't charge me for it since i had it aligned at a different branch about 4 weeks ago..

he told me that if it still does pull to the left, we might need to rotate the tyres.. like move it to a different rim... left to right right to left kinda thing.. if that makes sense..
 

SiliconAngel

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Location
Perth, WA
First Name
SA, Trevor
Drive
'99 Legnum VR4 Black MT
as ygoslo said, take it to a suspension specialist, my R33 has adjustable everything suspension wise, and a normal tyre place still couldnt get my car to drive right.
i took it to a specialist in perth, and it was the best wheel alignment i'd ever had, drove straight as an arrow.
Can I ask who this was, Mitch? I need to get an alignment done when the new rims go on (once the car is back in one piece again, of course ;))
 
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