25 April 2012
Tires & Alignment February 2012
The wheels that are fitted to the car are Zender Turbo 8Jx16H2. I'm not sure if they were a factory option or an after market, but they suit the car very well I think. The standard rim is a 14" so with these 16" the tire size differs from the book. I had the Pirelli P7 tires in 225/50R16 fitted. North Terrace Tires recommended these after my requirements if Soft, Gripping and Quiet while mileage is not so important as I'll do only 5000km a year or so.
I really like the look and feel of the tire so it was a good choice I believe.
When North Terrace Tires did the alignment, I asked for a printout before and after. It turned into a horror story ;)
Camber left from +0°13' to +0°14'
Camber right from -0°37' to +0°01'
Toe left from +3°07' to +0°11'
Toe right from +0°05' to +0°11'
Setback/Caster from -0°56' to -0°29'
Geometry driving axis from -0°04' to -0°01'
All in all a massive improvement in just under 30 minutes. When I have redone the rear-suspension I'll probably get another full alignment done.
Driving out of the workshop, it's completely a different car. It was very nervous and the tracking was horrible. Now I can drive without hands ;)
Of course this had to be celebrated with a wonderful drive though the Adelaide Hills...