Patrol wobbles

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 16:28
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G'day all,
I am seeking some advice. I have a 2001 GU Nissan Patrol wagon, it is still on the original Bridgstone 693 265/70 .16 tyres. they have done 65,000 Km and are due to be replaced.
I have heard that the GU patrol can be sensitive to what tyres are fitted causing a front end wobble.
My question is which tyres are more likely to cause the the Patrol wobbles and which tyres have been found to be a non-wobbly option.
Would Bridgstone 694's be a suitable replacement.
I have had this Patrol since new and it has never had the wobble problem.
Cheers Pete.
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Reply By: Voxson - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 16:45

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 16:45
My finding with all the patrols i have owned (4),,,,, the larger and more aggressive the tyre i found effected the car more.
Cooper STT's for some reason make the car feel like it is pulling to the left which used to drive me nuts but the landcruiser is not effected at all by this...
If you stick to AT's you should be fine..

When people lift Patrols via suspension upgrades they quite often get an unbalance due to tailshaft angles,,,,, dont mix that up with tyre choice...
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Reply By: mechpete - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 17:34

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 17:34
its not likey to be tyres causing the wobble ,
I found with mine GQ the front swivel head brearings were too lose ,
took the shims out and its gone , had had it since almost new .
try it . mechpete
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 18:14

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 18:14
Where are the shims Pete?? Michael
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Follow Up By: mechpete - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 20:15

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 20:15
take the wheesl off an look behind the rotor ,you will see a small plate with 4 bolts, top an bottom .under the plates there is a couple of shims to preload the bearings which actually allow the turning of the wheels .
disconnect the tie rod arm and 1 shim out of each at a time an check the preload on the bearings ,they are a tapered bearing so as you reduce the clearance the preload increases . you want a slight drag when you move the hub through its lock to lock travel
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Reply By: Member - mazcan - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 21:43

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 21:43
hi home brewer
now i'm a bit concern with a title like yours that you may have been putting homebrew in the gu's
fuel tank hence the front end wobble problem ?????????? lol
sorry but could'nt resist
cheers
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:06

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:06
I have a 2001 GU. It is shod with Cooper ST/C's and has no wheel wobble problems.

I had a wheel wobble on my GQ for a while and spent thousands of dollars trying to fix it. Including king pin bearings ($800 was I touched on that?) which is the repair described above, I think. In the end it was a $50, including fitting, panhard rod bush.

I am on my 3rd Patrol, all different models and about 900,000 km. The only person who ever mentioned the Patrol being sensitive was the guy who charged $800 not to fix the problem. I don't believe him.

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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:19

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:19
Yeah,
I have a 2002 GU which had Cooper STTs now has MTZ's on and never had a wheel wobble problem.
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Reply By:- Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 23:09

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 23:09
The infamous GQ/GU patrol wobble.......

usual suspects as mentioned:
- king pin bearings
- front end bushes (and theres a few of them) and they are obviously getting on in years is if still the originals

Fitment of larger tyres wont do it on thier lonesome, the tires are defective if they do. Neither will drive shaft angles. You can put a 6" lift in a LWB coil patrol and the only thing you need to do driveshaft wise is end for end the rear shaft or notch the crossmember.

www.patrol4x4.com wink wink nudge nudge
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