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    Hi Team,

    I've a 1988 205 Gti 1.9, 15" std wheels with michelin 185/55/15 tyres and Took the car in for a wheel alignment the other day. The only thing the alignment specialist said could be adjusted was the front Toe setting.
    Is he correct is saying Front camber and caster and rear Camber, caster and Toe is Not adjustable ?
    I did notice the steering wheel is now pointing straight ahead after the Toe in adjustment. I run 29 psi in the rears and 30psi in the fronts.

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    Hi Peter, thats correct only the Toe-in/out adjustment is adjustable on the front end. Some specialists can manipulate the camber/caster slightly if it is out.

    Not too sure what they do on the rear. Normally warn bearings on the trailing arm shafts are the cause of miss-alignment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Arnold
    I run 29 psi in the rears and 30psi in the fronts.
    If I may go off topic, what front/rear pressures do people run on their 205s?
    I have Michelin Certis tyres (please don't laugh) which at Michelin's recommendation are 29psi front and 31psi rear.
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    I'm running preceda's in 195/50R15 at 37 front and back. I haven't had any wear issues since i got them put on, and the grip is fantastic under big loads because of the pressure. Ride is a little harsh though... but it was never soft.
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    I run 34 all round as i live on the worst roads in the world. Never had any wear issues

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    Ah, a nice bit of light reading, my wheel alignment report post "incident". I'd had the rear right trailing arm replaced and the beam rebuilt, and the front end needed work to take care of a bit of positive camber and a new wheel bearing, but alas, it wasn't enough:

    Rear end:

    Left Camber: -1*04'
    Right Camber: -0*41'

    Left Toe: -0.3mm
    Right Toe: -0.5mm

    Thrust (lol): -0*01'

    Front end:

    Left Castor: +1*16'
    Right Castor: +1*38'

    Left Camber: +0*10' - +0*13'
    Right Camber: -0*08' - -0*07'

    Left Toe: +15,5mm - +1.3mm
    Right Toe: +25.8mm - +1.3mm

    This analysis raises some questions... (questions the guys at bob jane didn't have the time or knowledge for/about).

    What the hell is up with that camber?
    How do i equalise the castor (and shouldnt it be about 3*15')?
    And wowie that toe in was chronic (i don't understand why the left had so much considering it wasn't involved in any incident ever...).

    Does my car need a lot of bending to repair? I really would like the numbers to be close to normal, and positive camber is far from normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubits
    Ah, a nice bit of light reading, my wheel alignment report post "incident". I'd had the rear right trailing arm replaced and the beam rebuilt, and the front end needed work to take care of a bit of positive camber and a new wheel bearing, but alas, it wasn't enough:

    Rear end:

    Left Camber: -1*04'
    Right Camber: -0*41'

    Left Toe: -0.3mm
    Right Toe: -0.5mm

    Thrust (lol): -0*01'

    Front end:

    Left Castor: +1*16'
    Right Castor: +1*38'

    Left Camber: +0*10' - +0*13'
    Right Camber: -0*08' - -0*07'

    Left Toe: +15,5mm - +1.3mm
    Right Toe: +25.8mm - +1.3mm

    Now, not only did they disobey my number one command: Thou shalt put toe out on my 205, but this analysis raises some questions...

    What the hell is up with that camber?
    How do i equalise the castor?
    And wowie that toe in was chronic (i don't understand why the left had so much considering it wasn't involved in any incident ever...).

    Does my car need a lot of bending to repair? I really would like the numbers to be close to normal, and positive camber is far from normal.
    What's the ride height?(centre to plastic trim)
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    This thing's stock, so err, whatever is stock.

    The rear camber should've been fixed with that new arm/bearings... don't get it.
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