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1998 Esprit : front tyres rubbing the inside fender in the full turn


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I have had my Esprit on the workshop stand for a while and I noticed some disturbing matter. When I turn the wheels on the full lock on either side, the inside of the tyre is rubbing to inside fender on the back side.

The car has the tyres off the ground when doing this. Is the something wrong on the adjustment or is there any other reasonable explonation for this matter?

The car has had some minor crash damage on the front, but I have driven the car and do not think that the position of the wheels have been changed that much.

I will have the 4-wheel allignement done during the winter, but if there is so common reason for this matter, I would be interested to know it.

 

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All original, it seems. Oz-wheels and the original sixed Michelins and the suspension seems to be untouched too.

I have not yet checked the camber or ride height, but i do not think that these figures are far off either.

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Possibly a rack recon that isn't limited?

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Quite possibly limited originally. Lotus did it with the window regulators for the esprit.

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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Just to clarify, this is happening with all 4 wheels off the floor, on a workshop stand?

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The car is on the workshop stand, so the wheels are hanging free.

From lock to lock is 3 rounds, but the steering wheel aligment is bit off on the centre, about 1/4 of the round on the steering wheel.

It looks like there is something wrong in the front wheel camber too.

I get back to this matter as soon as we get the aicon working and the car back to it's wheels.

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When you get it back on its wheels and do a full alignment, remember it needs to be at 'mid-laden' weight, eg half full of fuel and with 2 occupants.

It's unlikely in the real world you'll be effectively weightless at the very top of the suspension travel with the front wheels at full lock and if you are, rubbing wheels are the least of your problems! Take a closer look when the car is in a more realistic setting.

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I tend to agree with Bibs. 

I don't think the situation in the workshop on stands is representative of real world. 

Is there any rubbi g showing in the tyre or car? If not, then this is only occurring with the car in an unnatural position= no problem. 

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