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Please help car pulling to the left side!


 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:34    Post subject: Please help car pulling to the left side! Reply with quote

Hi

Am new  on the site

Just wondering if any of you can help!!

I brought a Suzuki Vitara convertible fatboy over the weekend.. The jeep run's brilliantly in town, but if you take it on the Motorway and doing over 50mph ever so often it pulls to the left. A few colleagues of mine are saying that its the tyres width which are causing the problem, going into the rut which lorries have caused over time! Will this be correct?

The width of the tyres are 265 all round...

thanks

will
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

im guessing so, as mine still does the same at speed  Embarassed I have a'94 fatboy hardtop

haven't had suitable chance to look under it to see if there is any other likely cause other than the tyres.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 13:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope so. it doesnt do it at all in town only on motorways
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 14:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

ye mines the same, anything under 50mph it is solid and doesn't pull at all, but anything over it will just do it every so often.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think am going to take it and have the tracking done..

also can i ask what the front wheel should be? lock or unlock for everyday driving? Sorry havent got a clue, as i only just brought the fatboy

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey bud

unlock releases the hub to take it out of 4wd

this will reduce your tyre wear on the front and improve your fuel economy.

just make sure you have the t/fer box in 2wd
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for that..

Do anyone else know if the pulling is common at over 50mph with the wider tyres?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

have you checked the tyre pressures?

softer tyres will pull
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

No what tyre pressure are they meant to be

i think they are 265/70/15
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

says 35psi on the tyre ityself, haven't got a manual to check against though Razz

was gonna get my tracking etc checked too, but just haven't had the time between both jobs.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

does it happen over 50 on normal roads or just motorways?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 13:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

just seems to happen on the motorways...

i have check the tyre pressure last night and the passenger side is low 31 on front and 28 on the rear. My thoery is will it be the convertible roof that is causing it to pull and sway! Cos the wind is pushing on the sides? it sometimes feel like am i acurplaning on the surface of the road, especially when its wet!

The reason am thinking its the roof is....When i brough it on sunday i drove it to derby and back on the motorway with the roof down and there seems to be no problem. But for the past few days the roof has been up, and thats when i notice these things!!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 15:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it sealing properly above the windscreen?

if not, it might be acting like a parachute

also, the ruts are prob not helping.

try an experiment with the roof up and down and see what happens?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 15:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

vitara's with massively wide tyre have a tendancy to tramline, will happen much more on motorways.

what happens is your tyres get into the shallow grooves in the road left by the big heavy vehicles and they will try to stay in them. this is a very common problem for anyone who has ever had a fatboy.

the sticker inside my door says 23psi all round, although I run them a little harder for the road (25-30) then drop them to about 18-20 when off road
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