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Old 22-01-2020, 10:27 PM   #1
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Evening all i have a 69 cabrio that came with sloping front wings no indicator holes (it was a massive project ) they appeared to be a pair so had them painted and now i find the n/s one rubs on the wheel it appears to be "1 narrower than the o/s any idea which model year had the widest wings? anybody thanks for any help cheers dan
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All standard width wings are the same. I have heard of discrepancies in the width of aftermarket (pattern part) wings but never as much as 1” or 25mm. I would think that the wider one has been modified at some point or. Was purchased as a wider wing. Are they steel or glass fibre wings?

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Hi phil they are steel wings maybe its a stub axle issue they are dropped spindles i think i better do some more in depth measuring i wondered if they were different but your answer makes sense thankyou
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Hi phil they are steel wings maybe its a stub axle issue they are dropped spindles i think i better do some more in depth measuring i wondered if they were different but your answer makes sense thankyou
It may be that your car has had previous accident damage, I know that mine did prior to me owning it & my front wheels never sat evenly in the front wings. My car is currently undergoing a full rebuild after accident repair works & has been fully straightened on a jig. Both front wheels now sit perfectly even in the wings (see my build in readers rides) I would take several measurements to compare side to side. If you need help PM me.

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Park the car on a flat level surface, get out and bounce the suspension front & rear a little to settle it.

Get a tape measure and measure between the floor and the 2 large bolt heads under the very front end of the heater channel. Then measure the other side. If this measurement is out between sides then the car itself is leaning. If it's pretty even then it's either your front wings or your front 1/4's that are out of position. Don't measure to the beam, measure to the body.

Should the car be leaning then you need to prove if it's the front or rear that's causing it so put a trolley jack under the dead centre of the front beam and jack the car (rear wheels chocked) till both front wheels are in the air. Measure from the floor to the rear torsion end caps. This will tell you if it's the rear suspension or the front that's causing the lean.

I had a twisted frame head due to accident damage on my car from a previous owner, but I didn't realise at first so I tweaked the rear torsion bars till the car sat level. Didn't figure out what was really going on till years later. All fixed now. https://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthread.php?t=375003

I also had a mate's car that had the same problem as yourself, it was aftermarket wings causing it that time. If wings are a problem, trial fit them before painting and keep the receipt till you've got a pair that fit right.

Edit - of course it goes without saying - make sure your tyres are the same make and size side to side and that the tyre pressures are correct before you start - Front and rear !

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