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suspension and 4 wheel alignment – ’07 GT (NC)

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    • Gear Head
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    Hello all…sorry to have missed the meeting, as we were up in VT for a few days enjoying riding the motorcycle and driving the Miata. Foliage and crisp temps.

    While driving, noticed a slight vibration developed, which turned out to be excessive wear on the inside rear tires, especially the right side, definitive cupping of the tread was observed on right tire. Although I had the front end at least checked/adjusted (at my usual service garage, Collinsville Automotive) because it was obviously visually “toed out” at the time last year, but although the car handles “ok”, I feel it gets a little squirrely, oversteer in left turns more than right, and I’ve noticed this for several months. Also, there is observed negative camber but maybe too much? Luckily…the tires (although plenty of tread for most part) are old All General G-Max AS -5 (Feb 2017) Front, AS-3 (June 2012) Rear…..so intent is to replace them this winter.

    However I obviously don’t want to buy new tires and get alignment without checking for worn bits and pieces, etc. Car has just 60K, but it is 15 yrs old so deterioration of rubber etc is a concern, although car has been garaged it’s entire life per me and previous owner, never driven in winter with salt etc present.

    I removed the rear wheels and “looked around” the array of components and pulled and tugged to make sure nothing was excessive or dangerous….Haaa!!!…what do I know!!! I actually wanted someone to look at these components during the last Tech Day in Sept, but Daves garage was pretty scheduled out so that never happened.

    So what I was hoping is that someone familiar, can look at (come to my house or I’ll go to yours) and tell me what I should replace, I need a list of components etc. THEN I will decide if this is something I want to tackle at home myself, before I get tires and 4 wheel alignment done. OR, maybe there is a suggestion where (locally please??) I can take it and have it looked over and any parts replaced, alignment done, without depending on the local dealer. (Modern Motors was really really good, when owned privately (Brandolini) before “Family” group took over. We had bought 3 cars from them, but I did visit the dealership a few years ago under “Family” ownership, looked at a couple MX-5’s they had and was not impressed at the time.

    So if anyone in the group can help let me know please. I do intend to take it to Collinsville, have him put on the lift and look things over, I believe they can and will do it but??

    Thanks

    John Brandt

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    • Ace
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    With the mileage you are not likely to need anything more than a good alignment and new tires

     

    Call Bob Madeaux…he is a Clubmember with a small shop in Oakville.  He can take care of alignment and thorough inspection.  He is also a Tire Rack authorized installation shop…one stop shopping!!

    Bob…860-806-1753

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    • Gear Head
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    Thank You Joe…much appreciated. I’ll give him a call.

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    Joe….Thank You for steering me to Bob. We finally connected (he was moving his shop) and he took care of me and car in a few days…EXCELLENT results…Couldn’t believe how much his expertise improved the car….didn’t know prior to it, was that far off….Mounted 2 new front tires, existing good fronts to the back, balanced all!!!…and a PROPER 4 wheel alignment. :)…Very Happy With his work….Thank You

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    Bob told me about doing your car last week.  Glad you are happy with the results.  Now get out there and drive it!!

     

    he is doing another clubmember car today too…

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