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Many thanks gents. I will take all the advice Idea to the shop and see what they can do for me.

Thanks again. Big Grin Big Grin
Johan the only way to rectify this problem would be to slot the three holes at the top of the control arm. I have done this before to both Syncro's and non Syncro's. It is not a difficult job to do if they have a diamond high speed air tool. This will also allow for more "positive" movement of the whole wheel. It appears that VW did have a concern as these control arms and under pinnings were developed for driving on the right hand side of the road, requiring more negative camber to the left wheel than the right wheel, thus the lack of play to adjust. I hope this makes sense but if you can post your print out I can have a look at it for you and advise. Another point to consider is to get another read out from someone else, and check the two readings to see if they match up. Sometimes the companies don't get their machines calibrated regularly, a dropped head will give wrong readings! Hope this will help. I have found that the Tiger Wheel group seems to keep their machines regularly calibrated.
A point of interest is also to note weather the alignment mechanic actually test drives the vehicle for pull and steering centralising after he has adjusted?
Rob.
deanace Wrote:wheels alignment specs
Dean, I am quite interested to see the specs for the Syncro's that you posted, they don't have specs for the heavier 2,5 engine as for your bus? The camber angle on thee rear should not be the same as the 2,1 as there is quite a difference in weight. I remember when the 2,5's came out VWSA had to redo the specs as these bussses were wearing the rear tyres off on the inner side of the tread. The camber bolts had to be removed and the holes sloted to accomadate the new spec and prevent premature tyre wear. I would be interested to know what your readings are at the moment , as well as see how your tyres are wearing and if the rears are within spec?
This could be interesting :?:
If I can do a quick hijack. If anyone in Pretoria needs wheel alignment done, go to Autowiel in Hatfield. Speak to Richard. They sorted out my Syncro's alignment problems. They are really professional and the alignment guys know their stuff. I'll definitely support them again.
BHM Wrote:If I can do a quick hijack. If anyone in Pretoria needs wheel alignment done, go to Autowiel in Hatfield. Speak to Richard. They sorted out my Syncro's alignment problems. They are really professional and the alignment guys know their stuff. I'll definitely support them again.
Thanks Bernie, answered before it was asked Big Grin
Thanks for all the advice guys. I have made notes on all and will go through the setup with the alignment guys tomorrow. I will let you know what transpires.

Thanks again

Rgds
Johan
I would consider replacing the ball joints and lower control arm bushes. Also check for wheel bearing play. The lower control arm bushes are best replaced with the powerflex type. Greg
Hi guys,

I had the BosBus's wheel alignment done today after fitting the 15" "Starbursts" with 205/80/R15C Continental CrossContact's on Thursday. Here is the report.
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Can I please ask for those in the know, Stuart, Russel, Ian, Dean and anybody else that knows how to interpret the figures, to scrutinize the report and see if it was done to spec? The settings were done to to 1989 Syncro 2.1 setting. The bus seem to be running straight alright but I have not done more than 15 km since the setting so cannot yet judge. I do not know anything about wheel alignment so would really appreciate any backfeed on this.

Thanks,

Frans
Hi Frans
Did you ever get a response to your query? I just had Biskutt aligned after fitting the 15" Reins with 215R15 Goodyear AT/SA's (before NE Cape trip)and would be keen to compare notes. She runs true but what we found to be the cause of earlier pulling to the left was caster angle (more forward than the right wheel) and that the toe measurement had not taken the vehilce ride hieght into consideration. I can interpret the three main readings / measurements for you - caster, camber and toe - no problem. Let me know.
Cheers Hugh
Hi Frans,
The wheel alignment looks good except for two items. 1) The left castor angle was out of spec and he made it worse? This wont cause tyre wear but can cause the vehicle to pull to the right, especially on very flat road surfaces like the freeways.
2)The rear camber angles are both negative and no adjustment was done? This can cause tyres to wear on the inside shoulder. If he cannot get anymore adjustment out of the slot it will need to be grooved some more to allow more movement.
Thanx Rob.
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