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BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
13-07-2018, 01:29 PM
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BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
Howzit guys

Don't know how many people follow my build on the forum, if you do, then you would have noticed that I'm going through tires at a pace.

In May I had replace the two rear ones, as one had a little bubble. The front ones was perfect, fokol wrong with them. And i really thought that i would be able to go another 7months at least with them anyway the place that did the fitment, did wheel alignment twice. Then I thought it will be best to do it at a BMW. So I went to John, not BMW anymore but they still align like BMW do. Or that's what I'm thinking.
On saturday i thought by myself I need to check my front tires to see how they look.
Left side f****d, right side still fine'ish.

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Right:
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I will update this thread tomorrow with new pics of how my right ones looks now. This is after a 560km travel. They also f****d but what i could see, more on the outside. Did not inspect nicely though.

Please please explain how the f*** I need to tell these guys to set my car up.
Took k@k out money for new tires every 7months is madness. I mainly travel long distances with it. So I have an average of 7k km on a set of front tires. I don't believe that this is normal.

My car has 19" 403m style wheels on, H&R springs, Koni shocks, new shock mounts.

Any help will be appreciated

Dankie

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13-07-2018, 01:47 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
Might be time to look at the rest of the suspension.

It seems like E90s eat the insides of the tires, especially on the rear. Noticed it on my 320d as well

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13-07-2018, 01:50 PM (This post was last modified: 13-07-2018 01:53 PM by Cornel.)
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 01:47 PM)RAArmstrong Wrote:  Might be time to look at the rest of the suspension.

It seems like E90s eat the insides of the tires, especially on the rear. Noticed it on my 320d as well

They inspected my suspension and everything was 100%.
It's not only wearing on the inside, its outside as well

On the rears I know I will pay a lot as my car is modded.
So on the rear I'm just worried about traction not millage.
I thought that my front ones was suppose to last 2 times longer than rear

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13-07-2018, 01:54 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
What pressure are you inflating the tyres at ?

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13-07-2018, 01:54 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
Eina.

I'm still cruising on 17s but I can promise you I get at least double the kms on a set of fronts than you. 7K sounds crazy low. Do you drive it like you stole it perhaps?

Hadw issues with my previous alignment as well, screwed my tired to the point I thought my rims were bent.

The last alignment I did was at Tiger Centurion, seems much better.

I know some of the alignment places actually load your car up with weight to simulate real driving conditions, perhaps give that a try?

It's common for a tire to wear off more on one side due to alignment, but for the entire tire to wear quicker than the other side is just weird.
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13-07-2018, 01:54 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 01:50 PM)Cornel Wrote:  
(13-07-2018 01:47 PM)RAArmstrong Wrote:  Might be time to look at the rest of the suspension.

It seems like E90s eat the insides of the tires, especially on the rear. Noticed it on my 320d as well

They inspected my suspension and everything was 100%.
It's not only wearing on the inside, its outside as well

Re read that now and saw that...

Dude honestly I find most places are f***ing up alignment properly

Half the time they not even selecting the right car's profile on the PC. When I had the E60, I watched and the dudes were busy selecting a non msport E39 profile because it said 5 series.

So I waltz down and they say to me "no its fine all 5 series are the same setup"

To prove my point I showed them the correct profile of the car and had them compare how different it was...

Another point is to make sure they actually tighten up the alignment bolts once they've adjusted. I know of another fanatic who had alignment done and they didnt tighten everything up. Ate a set of tires in 1000km (This actually seems to sound like your case right now)

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13-07-2018, 01:57 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 01:54 PM)S1NGH 911 Wrote:  What pressure are you inflating the tyres at ?
My front is at 2.1 and rear 2.5

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13-07-2018, 01:58 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 01:54 PM)KiLLRoYza Wrote:  Eina.

I'm still cruising on 17s but I can promise you I get at least double the kms on a set of fronts than you. 7K sounds crazy low. Do you drive it like you stole it perhaps?

Hadw issues with my previous alignment as well, screwed my tired to the point I thought my rims were bent.

The last alignment I did was at Tiger Centurion, seems much better.

I know some of the alignment places actually load your car up with weight to simulate real driving conditions, perhaps give that a try?

It's common for a tire to wear off more on one side due to alignment, but for the entire tire to wear quicker than the other side is just weird.

In my world... Fronts should last 60 000km and rears 30 - 40 000 Rofl

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13-07-2018, 02:01 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 01:54 PM)KiLLRoYza Wrote:  Eina.

I'm still cruising on 17s but I can promise you I get at least double the kms on a set of fronts than you. 7K sounds crazy low. Do you drive it like you stole it perhaps?

Hadw issues with my previous alignment as well, screwed my tired to the point I thought my rims were bent.

The last alignment I did was at Tiger Centurion, seems much better.

I know some of the alignment places actually load your car up with weight to simulate real driving conditions, perhaps give that a try?

It's common for a tire to wear off more on one side due to alignment, but for the entire tire to wear quicker than the other side is just weird.

My 17's also did not last.
These rims is 100%. No Buckles at all.
I did do the weight thing at John, that's why I paid R850 for alignment.
Yes it's wearing of really shitty. I will take a pic tonight and then load it tomorrow so you can see how it looks. But the right hand side is basically smooth on both corners now.

And no I don't drive my car like a stole it. two weekends away was the first time in a while that i really hammer it. I will hit high speeds on the open road but thats it.

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13-07-2018, 02:01 PM (This post was last modified: 13-07-2018 02:02 PM by S1NGH 911.)
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 01:57 PM)Cornel Wrote:  
(13-07-2018 01:54 PM)S1NGH 911 Wrote:  What pressure are you inflating the tyres at ?
My front is at 2.1 and rear 2.5

Thats the first issue, you need to inflate higher. For reference on my E90 320d I used to run 2.4 & 2.6, with 225/45/17 & 255/40/17, with 19" wheels it would need to be higher


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13-07-2018, 02:03 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
What tyres Cornel ?

Melbourne Red X3 ///M Sport

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13-07-2018, 02:04 PM (This post was last modified: 13-07-2018 02:17 PM by Cornel.)
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 01:54 PM)RAArmstrong Wrote:  
(13-07-2018 01:50 PM)Cornel Wrote:  
(13-07-2018 01:47 PM)RAArmstrong Wrote:  Might be time to look at the rest of the suspension.

It seems like E90s eat the insides of the tires, especially on the rear. Noticed it on my 320d as well

They inspected my suspension and everything was 100%.
It's not only wearing on the inside, its outside as well

Re read that now and saw that...

Dude honestly I find most places are f***ing up alignment properly

Half the time they not even selecting the right car's profile on the PC. When I had the E60, I watched and the dudes were busy selecting a non msport E39 profile because it said 5 series.

So I waltz down and they say to me "no its fine all 5 series are the same setup"

To prove my point I showed them the correct profile of the car and had them compare how different it was...

Another point is to make sure they actually tighten up the alignment bolts once they've adjusted. I know of another fanatic who had alignment done and they didnt tighten everything up. Ate a set of tires in 1000km (This actually seems to sound like your case right now)

Holy f*** that's shit. We'll I told Low Flyer that there is a weird rattle noise coming from the front suspension side, so I guess I will get under the car tonight and check the suspension bolts. If that's the case .....

(13-07-2018 01:58 PM)RAArmstrong Wrote:  
(13-07-2018 01:54 PM)KiLLRoYza Wrote:  Eina.

I'm still cruising on 17s but I can promise you I get at least double the kms on a set of fronts than you. 7K sounds crazy low. Do you drive it like you stole it perhaps?

Hadw issues with my previous alignment as well, screwed my tired to the point I thought my rims were bent.

The last alignment I did was at Tiger Centurion, seems much better.

I know some of the alignment places actually load your car up with weight to simulate real driving conditions, perhaps give that a try?

It's common for a tire to wear off more on one side due to alignment, but for the entire tire to wear quicker than the other side is just weird.

In my world... Fronts should last 60 000km and rears 30 - 40 000 Rofl

I'd like to see thatRoflRofl

(13-07-2018 02:01 PM)S1NGH 911 Wrote:  
(13-07-2018 01:57 PM)Cornel Wrote:  
(13-07-2018 01:54 PM)S1NGH 911 Wrote:  What pressure are you inflating the tyres at ?
My front is at 2.1 and rear 2.5

Thats the first issue, you need to inflate higher. For reference on my E90 320d I used to run 2.4 & 2.6, with 225/45/17 & 255/40/17, with 19" wheels it would need to be higher

I have the same 19'' that you have. What's your pressure?

(13-07-2018 02:03 PM)r0ckf1re Wrote:  What tyres Cornel ?

Bridgestone Potenza RE050 x2
Toyo Proxes x1

I need to buy new tires ASAP as my father has been moved to Kimberley Hospital. So I can't afford to have shit tires on

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13-07-2018, 02:22 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
@Cornel for normal load with just passengers I run 2.6 & 2.8 Bar, full boot with passengers I run 2.8bar & 3.1 Bar as per the guideline by the drivers door

You should check the recommended ratings for a F30 320d with that tyre size

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13-07-2018, 02:31 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
(13-07-2018 02:22 PM)S1NGH 911 Wrote:  @Cornel for normal load with just passengers I run 2.6 & 2.8 Bar, full boot with passengers I run 2.8bar & 3.1 Bar as per the guideline by the drivers door

You should check the recommended ratings for a F30 320d with that tyre size

okay cool will check that.

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13-07-2018, 02:42 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
Although you tyre pressures are a little under the recommended, I doubt it will have such a drastic effect like 7000km. I suspect the general suspension set up. Tyre alignment at BMW.
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13-07-2018, 03:23 PM
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RE: BMW 320d Wheel Alignment Issues
Wheel alignment was done by John @Leo Haese Bosch Hatfield.
So was done same way that BMW does it.

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