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Hi all,

Hoping one of you can help me out with some advice.....I've fitted 7j Porsche replica wheels to my bug, at the same time I've replaced the suspension with a full front and rear air kit from Eva resto.

I've set the tracking myself with this gadget: Trackace: Trackace DIY laser wheel alignment tracking gauge. Poor wheel alignment wastes fuel, damages tyres & increases your CO2 emissions carbon emissions. and whilst the car doesn't steer / handle badly its a little fidgety over about 45mph.

I will get the tracking set by a VW specialist but my question is as I've added wheels that are 50% wider do the same toe in / camber settings apply?

In my head if I've fitted a wider tire perhaps the toe in should be less as being a wider tire it exagerates the toe in.

I wonder if anyone has any real world experience they could share?

Thanks

James
 

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It's Caster, camber and toe
The trackace only measures toe
I would think that all three need measuring to make sure
I would have it four wheel aligned to get the best from the cars handling
 

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Is it lowered and sit with a downward stance at the front compared with stock? Strut or torsion bar?
Hiya, sorry should have been more specific, I'm a newbie at this.

Car is torsion beam, car has air suspension and in its normal stance its slightly lower at front. I have fitted a set of caster shims to counter the downward angle.

Camber angle is set at zero with a camber 'bubble' gauge.

Front toe is set at 3mm toe in.

Rear is set at 3mm toe out.

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I think the front and rear toe is too much.
The many mods like air etc aren't helping either. There's a lot that goes into a stable driving vehicle. As has been said, a proper laser alignment front and rear is needed. Without knowing the true figures it's all a guess as to what is wrong.
 

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Definitely needs proper alignment .
Mine has 9 inch rears & 7 inch fronts with a 4 inch narrowed beam & ful EVA kit .
It took a bit of messing about with settings , but drives pretty well now .
I’d say your probably too far off with the settings you have , especially the rear from memory .
 

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Thanks for your advice, I'm definatley getting it properly aligned, my query was more of should I be getting aligned to original spec or a tweaked spec seeing as the car has been tweaked. I didn't want an alignment done that is to vw original spec but then drives worse than what I've already got.

I've got the car booked in for an MOT, service and alignment in a weeks time.

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I started at VW spec & made a few tweaks .
My settings didn’t work as well on my mates car , as they did on mine , so we started again with VW spec & tweaked it from there .

It suprised me how much the rear rear alignment had on the overall feeing of the car .
 
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