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Old 03-20-2002, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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car sways side-to-side ...wtf?

info = I lowered my car 2" using H&R race 2 months ago, stock shocks, i haven't yet gotten it aligned(no flames ass'es)

Lately i have noticed that me car seems to sway from side-to-side while driving in a straight line. It is more noticeable @ higher mph then lower ones. I have no idea why it is doing this, does anyone know what is happening here. Could it be that I need sway/strut bars or maybe just an alignment
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Old 03-20-2002, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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info = I lowered my car 2" using H&R race 2 months ago, stock shocks, i haven't yet gotten it aligned(no flames ass'es)

Lately i have noticed that me car seems to sway from side-to-side while driving in a straight line. It is more noticeable @ higher mph then lower ones. I have no idea why it is doing this, does anyone know what is happening here. Could it be that I need sway/strut bars or maybe just an alignment
LOL WIND WILL BLOW THE CAR AROUND
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An alignment is definately a good idea. Also, what kind of roads are you driving on? If they have any kind of rut, even a small one, from trucks or whatnot, you will notice them more with the added camber. Stock struts may not also be controling your rebound enough for you.
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Old 03-20-2002, 10:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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An alignment is definately a good idea. Also, what kind of roads are you driving on? If they have any kind of rut, even a small one, from trucks or whatnot, you will notice them more with the added camber. Stock struts may not also be controling your rebound enough for you.

CRAPPY TIRES CAN DO IT AS WELL THEY DRIVE WHERE THEY WANT TO GO MY CAR BLOWS ALL OVER THE ROAD THOUGH BUT WE HAVE BEEN HAVING LIKE 20 MPH GUSTS OF WIND
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CRAPPY TIRES CAN DO IT AS WELL THEY DRIVE WHERE THEY WANT TO GO MY CAR BLOWS ALL OVER THE ROAD THOUGH BUT WE HAVE BEEN HAVING LIKE 20 MPH GUSTS OF WIND
I just changed the back two tires do to the instense negative camber. However, with the new tires in place the car still sways. Also, there hasn't been any noticeable wind gust.


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An alignment is definately a good idea. Also, what kind of roads are you driving on? If they have any kind of rut, even a small one, from trucks or whatnot, you will notice them more with the added camber. Stock struts may not also be controling your rebound enough for you.
this has happened on regular street roads as well as highways. The car feels like the frontend wants to go a different direction then the back...and it happens back and fourth.
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Get an alignment. It sounds like your toe settings are off.
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Get an alignment. It sounds like your toe settings are off.
alignment wouldnt cause it to sway back and fourth it would just drive one direction but yes get that done anyway to keep from wearing down tires the wrong way
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Did you take out the rear lower tie rod during installation of the rear shock? I would check rubber boot and the nut on the rear lower tie rod. Last time, when I install my rear shock..I screw up on the lower tie rod...and had to drive my car with without the nut and only hold it together by the cotton pin. I was swaying side to side...Check to see if nut is on probably...I hope this help
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if you dropped it all evenly, and have cambers at correct position, that might help a lot. if your problem continues with cambers corrected.. then you should try to get your caster adjusted. just get ALLIGNMENT! BUT!!! most of the alignment will not adjust your caster on preludes. because it's not manufacture adjustable. they will just say "we don't do that, you have aftermarket part, and you would have to put stocks back on" LoL... just look for a store that does fixed up allignment. you might end up paying little more.. but hey~ your car's gona be going straight.
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and... they end up putting couple spacers between bolts to adjust caster.. that's it~ might cost $3 at the most for spacer... or free.. haha
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should I get camber for the front and rear? i heard only the front is required on Ludes cause its FWD.....
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it's recommended that you get both... just be cause it's FWD, doesn't mean back tires are just sit there...
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this has happened on regular street roads as well as highways. The car feels like the frontend wants to go a different direction then the back...and it happens back and fourth.
Well, then it sounds like the lowering with the increased camber is doing what I said as regular roads will have the same suttle ruts. Also, the toe could be out now as well like Chop said and an alignment will help. Toe out makes it so much easier to get tail happy with smaller turns.
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