Patrol GU Front tire wear

Submitted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 19:21
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Anyone got an idea on the problem? GUII with 50mm lift, no additions to camber or caster fitted. Front tyres are wearing on the outside, steering is light.
Had it (steering) aligned and they said they can't get enough negative camber without a set of caster bushes etc. Asked a few different 4WD 'experts' with different views. Some say the caster bushes won't fix the tyre wear, only the steering feel and that I need the King pin adjusted. Others reckon that the caster bushes will do the trick, quotes from $250-$400 for the same job. Any ideas???
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Reply By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 19:46

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 19:46
Ring GLIDE Automotive in Newcastle Street Perth.

I don't have the number handy but they fixed my tyre wearing issues on my GU.

See how you go.

I'm no mechanic so don't asked me to explain what they did. But it worked.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:17

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:17
Sporadic issue with GU's. Don't hear much about it now, may be they fixed it? Was traffic on the patrol site years back. Dunno if anyone has this as a problem anymore. Check that site for an update.

My 1998 GU had strong pull to left, wearing tyres, from new. Nissan said all is in spec, no issue. Got an RAA mecanical opinion etc - they saw the issue, but again no response from dealer/Nissan. ( I had bought 8 cars in 10 years from same dealer).

I had a degree of castor added to LHS only, at my expense + the wheel alignments after every adjustment. This helped; backed off to 3/4 degree; even better. Then added a return to centre steering damper. IMHO the return to center damper added heaps of driveability. It is likely that if I bought another 4 x 4 I would chuck one on, regardless. 1/2 hour to fit, about $ 160 back then.totalk modification cost approx $ 500. Truck is currently, and since that day at about 15,000 km, quite driveable. Have since raised rig 65 mm in rear, about 50mm in front. Still drives the same.

Have not had an alignment for 20 K kilometres plus, still steers straight & wears tyre evenly. Been in much bludy rough country in that time.

hope this helps
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Reply By: Greg M - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 21:46

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 21:46
Thanks to both. Problem only appeared recently after driving 10000k's to Perth and back. Will look into the Patrol site and the steering damper.
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig D (SA) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 07:57

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 07:57
My 3.0L GU pulled pretty bad when I changed tyres, no-one could fix it, chucked in a Tough Dog RTC dampener problem almost disappeared. Then changed tyres 80K later and the truck ran dead true! I would recommend you try a RTC dampener.

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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:14

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:14
Not technical nif naff.. but experience to comment on... I had a 99 Gu lifted 3" when I bought it without castors etc.. I got ARB in BNE to fit castors when it was in the shop doin a few things and the differnece to handling was amazing... Had bug tyres on it too so used to wander etc in the grooves on the highways etc.. after the castors it was a new vehicle.. go for it.. not usre about the tyre wear though.. mine were pretty even all 'round.
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:41

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:41
Could also be shocks do not have enough rebound for the springs. I have 50mm lift, no caster correction and had this problem until I wound the Koni's up 1 full turn front and 1 1/2 turn rear. Kings Progressive H/D all round (30% stiffer).
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