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Rear cradle off center by spcearle
Started on: 10-20-2014 08:51 PM
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Last post by: Dennis LaGrua on 10-23-2014 06:55 PM
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Report this Post10-20-2014 08:51 PM Click Here to See the Profile for spcearleClick Here to Email spcearleSend a Private Message to spcearleEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Does anyone have any idea of what could cause the rear of the car to be offset by about a 1/2 inch...
I put spacer/adapters on my rear wheels to move them outward and the pass side tire is deff pushed out further. The car has not been in a wreck to the best of my knowledge and when I put it on an alignment machine all measurements are exactly within spec of where they should be. Is this by chance a design thing that just isn't noticed while the tires are tucked into the fenders.
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Report this Post10-20-2014 11:50 PM Click Here to See the Profile for tnkgnrSend a Private Message to tnkgnrEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm certainly not an expert...but could it be the wheels are aligned, but at different camber? I---/

Panel warped somehow, giving the appearance that one wheel is farther out?

Lugnuts not seated all the way?
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Report this Post10-21-2014 06:50 AM Click Here to See the Profile for spcearleClick Here to Email spcearleSend a Private Message to spcearleEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The camber was my original thought which is why I put it up on the alignment rack and other then my rear toe being very slightly off the camber was good... Panels are the same in both sides....all wheels tight... I was wondering about the whole just built that way theory because I know 350z guys seem to have the same complaint on their cars
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Report this Post10-21-2014 08:21 AM Click Here to See the Profile for olejoedadClick Here to Email olejoedadSend a Private Message to olejoedadEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Non-matching spacers.....
Different offset wheels.....
Bent cradle.....
Bent space frame.....

Those are your options
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Report this Post10-21-2014 08:53 PM Click Here to See the Profile for imabaddudeSend a Private Message to imabaddudeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Take off the wheel well liners. Frame rail could be bent, broken, or rusted pretty bad. I had a frame rail that twisted pretty good from spinning out. Mine was right where the opening for the snorkel on the driver side. Luckily, I have assorted cutters and welders, but still, if it's that. I feel bad for you.

edit- Also, could be the PO fixed or had someone fixed the flanges on the cradle where they connect to the lower control arm and they half-@$$ed it. Check the flanges to see if there is damage. Check where the cradle meets the frame in the back (take wheel well liners off for that). Basically, just take off the well well liners and look for rust or anything that look funky. Also, feel along the frame rail for chunks missing or breaking off or where it is coming off the firewall.

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Report this Post10-21-2014 09:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for tnkgnrSend a Private Message to tnkgnrEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I just went and measured the difference on my rear wheels. Had less than 1/16" difference between the two, as measured from top of wheel to outside panel.
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Report this Post10-22-2014 08:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroseverywhereClick Here to Email FieroseverywhereSend a Private Message to FieroseverywhereEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
My guess is its not the cradle. Its the rear clip. They can be mounted off by 1/2" in the rear. Annoying and time consuming to fix. Check where it sits compared to the strut towers on each side.

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Report this Post10-23-2014 06:55 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis LaGruaClick Here to Email Dennis LaGruaSend a Private Message to Dennis LaGruaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
If you accidentally reversed the right and left lower control arms it would put wheel positions out of wack.

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