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Re: Suspension/Handling Problems
On Wed, 1 Feb 1995, Joff wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Feb 1995, Andrew Shea wrote:
> > I have the same problem concerning the shuttering. During the weekends
> > I travel a great deal on the highway. Most of this traveling is done at
> > speeds in excess of 75mph. However, once I reach 90mph the car feels
> > very unsafe. It shutters! So. . . I slow down and continue at a slower
> > speed. Anyone know what this could be due to? My car is an 87 4000cs
> > with 120,000 miles. It has new shocks and struts. Any ideas?
> > Andrew
> What kind of wheels have you got on? I've an '84 BMW 316 with 106,000
> miles on the clock and it suffers the same thing; it's down to the
> aftermarket alloys that are fitted - the original steels cured it. A
> friend had the same problem with a GTi, and again it was solved by
> putting the steels on.
> Getting a very very accurate balance helps, too.
That is something that I hadn't thought of. I have an 87 4000S with the
Ronal spoked factory wheels. After getting new tires, it vibrated a
little in the front, until, one day, approaching 90mph, it got *really*
bad and then a loud clunk. It threw one of the crimp-on wheel weights
off and hit the inner fender. Since then, I have had the shop fit the
tape-a-weight stick on weights on and had no problems. The stick on's
are the only way to go. It seems the factory wheels don't have enough of
a "lip" to hold the crimp on weights.