Front end vibration?

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Re: Front end vibration?

Postby egrant5329 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:50 pm

Do you know what the issue is with them? Are they too hard or something?
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Re: Front end vibration?

Postby egrant5329 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:06 am

Well after an internet search it appears the Urethane couplers are complete crap, so I'll be ordering a OEM coupler. Thanks for the heads up. You'd thinks the parts places wouldn't sell them due to all of the complaints about them. I assume since shipping is generally more than the part, that they don't get them back so they have no motivation for changing.
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Re: Front end vibration?

Postby EEricson » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:07 pm

It's weird. Urethane sway bar bushings are the cat's patootie. I've got urethane motor mounts holding my Subaru engine in my TD replica. But the urethane steering donuts are almost universally reviled because of claimed premature failure.
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Re: Front end vibration?

Postby egrant5329 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:53 am

I received the new coupler. When I went to install it, I noticed the old coupler isn't bolted in, it is riveted with some stout looking rivets. I don't think I can drill them out in the car. It looks like I'll have to unbolt the coupler and flanges from the shaft, slide it out somehow and then grind/drill them out. What a pain.
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Re: Front end vibration?

Postby Mark P. » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:21 am

Thinking I had no issues before going to 5.5" wide rims up front, I decided to change back to 4.5". I had sold those original front Beck rims just seven months ago since we were moving and I thought I'll never need those again. Ha! Let that be a lesson to us all. Never get rid of anything.

I found 4.5" Porsche 914 rims at Sierra Madre which apparently have the same offset as the original Becks I had. They're Made in China but look OK. I bought two Vredestein 175/70HR15 tires from Tire Rack and had them mounted and balanced locally. Rides perfectly now. No other changes.

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Front end vibration?

Postby egrant5329 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:22 pm

Beware of the Chinese wheels! Often they are not round and very hard to balance. I'd look at Greg's aluminum wide-5s if that is the style you have.
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Re: Front end vibration?

Postby Mark P. » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:13 am

I've got the 4x130 bolt pattern. At least one of these two balanced with no weights at all (didn't notice the other one.) I've had them up to highway speed and all is well. The Mangle center caps I've had from new don't pinch against the hub with these new rims so I had to add a layer of electrical tape to thicken them up at the wheel hub.
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