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Old 04-15-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Please check out this picture and tell me what is the culprit. Tires are (and have been) inflated to 36 PSI their whole life. They are stock 205/50/17s on stock rims. It is hard to see but there is wear on both the inner and outer edges of the tires. I have rotated them once already. Wear is exactly the same for both front tires.

When I got these tires about 35,000 miles ago they replaced both lower control arms but (as I have recently found out) they did NOT replace the LCABs. Wouldn't this pretty much be standard procedure when replacing the LCAs??? The car had 77K miles on it then. I should have paid more attention at the time I guess but I just started a new job and needed the car fixed and didn't look too closely at what was included at the time.

I just bought powerflex bushings to replace the old stock ones and I was going to ask them to replace the bushings now if they want to sell me tires the next go 'round...

Does the wear look like the fault of the LCABs?

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Old 04-15-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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To be honest, that kind of wear sounds like under inflation.
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To be honest, that kind of wear sounds like under inflation.
That's what I thought... But the tires have stayed at 36PSI +/- 2PSI since new! Are you recommending a higher PSI?

BTW... I was thinking of getting CSL wheels with tires the next time... Almost ready...
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Do you corner fast? That has a. Impact on tire wear such as yours shown.

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That's what I thought... But the tires have stayed at 36PSI +/- 2PSI since new! Are you recommending a higher PSI?

BTW... I was thinking of getting CSL wheels with tires the next time... Almost ready...
Well, I wouldn't jump to conclusions quite yet with the tire pressure thing. Even if it was a few PSI below, I don't know if the wear would be super noticeable. Don't rule it out though.

Let us know when you want to get those CSL style wheels.
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Yeah... I do. That is one of the things I love about the car.

I was kind of wondering if everyone else has this type wear. I don't see it on others... I have a Porsche 911 that doesn't have this kind of wear. I corner a lot faster in it.
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To be honest, that kind of wear sounds like under inflation.
It does sound like that but I see a little more wear on the outside of the tire. Is it the same on the other side? What about the rears?

Maybe it's just that you corner too hard....
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have you had the alignment on the car checked as of yet. That looks like toe from being out of spec coupled with under inflation, i know the car calls for 36psi but what do the tires call for it the max is 51 and you put 36s it may result in wear like this. Just a thought. Put I'd for sure get my alignemnt check before I put a new set a of wheels and tires on.
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It does sound like that but I see a little more wear on the outside of the tire. Is it the same on the other side? What about the rears?

Maybe it's just that you corner too hard....
It may look like the outside is worn a tiny bit more but it's not a huge difference. That might be caused by his alignment possibly.
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Okay... I needed my front diagnosed quickly so I brought it to a place in Annapolis, MD for the work. I originally thought it might be the LCABs... It turns out the noise I was hearing was the sway bar links. The guy told me that all my bushings were good. Sure enough... The car is nice and tight again.

Would the worn sway bar links lead to tire wear as pictured above?

EDIT:... The car has been aligned and the tire pressure is 36PSI perfectly all around. The wear was/is on the front tires.
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