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    Got me a '08 xp equiped sri with the 19" snowies but the car 'wanders' terribly. Have to keep correcting it especially over uneven/bumpy roads (of which there's loads around here!). It feels like my 8 yr old veccy b with 155k which i relunctantly sold to buy the new one which had no faulty parts just slight general wear in everything. I've checked for any ball joint play and had the wheels tracked but all o.k. I've been told that wide tyres do this but surely 235 wide can't be that much worse than the 215's on 17's? It really is like steering an old car...

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    after i put mine on and changed my shocks and springs i went in a for a four wheel alignment and it set it up nicely..

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    Wide wheels will cause tramlining which i suspect is what you are getting.

    There is a fair difference between 215 and 135 thats 2 inches more contact over the front.
    I had it on my old prelude when i went from 205 to 225. The difference was noticable. I just learned to live with it as the extra grip benefits outweighed the tramlining and they look nicer.
    I dont think a Hunters alignment will make the slightest difference to be honest.

    i used to find the inside lane on motorways were the worst because of the dips in the road caused by the lorrys. my car used to get pulled in to them. Luckily i drive to the speed limit or just above so i never spent to much time on the inside lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crespo View Post
    Wide wheels will cause tramlining which i suspect is what you are getting.

    There is a fair difference between 215 and 135 thats 2 inches more contact over the front.
    I had it on my old prelude when i went from 205 to 225. The difference was noticable. I just learned to live with it as the extra grip benefits outweighed the tramlining and they look nicer.
    I dont think a Hunters alignment will make the slightest difference to be honest.

    i used to find the inside lane on motorways were the worst because of the dips in the road caused by the lorrys. my car used to get pulled in to them. Luckily i drive to the speed limit or just above so i never spent to much time on the inside lane.
    Ive got 245 all around on mine and i could hold the steering wheel with one finger ..i dont think its the tyres that are at fault ...think you should get the steering geometry checked out

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    Must say got mine done for free by vauxhall and the rear end was a good way out it drives like a different car now, so have it checked.

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    Yep, sounds like tramlining. I have it on my XP with 19" snowies. Caused by the tyres gripping on uneven surfaces, particularly if they are rutted. It is unnerving at first, but you get used to it.

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    Thanks all for the comments, the previous owner had it 4 wheel laser aligned by a place with a v.good reputation but something could have altered again... getting used to it but under sharp acceleration round the twisties on bad roads the cars all over the shop. Still under warranty so i'll let the dealer have a look. It's just a pity it don't drive like it looks...

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    I notice this as soon as I got the 19" Snowies fitted - and when you accelerate hard it pulls the car in one direction slightly. Then there is the tramlining too. But I love 'em.

    Gazza4

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    Yes they're fantastic looking and the best bit is they're v. easy to clean!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crespo View Post
    Wide wheels will cause tramlining which i suspect is what you are getting.

    There is a fair difference between 215 and 135 thats 2 inches more contact over the front.
    I had it on my old prelude when i went from 205 to 225. The difference was noticable. I just learned to live with it as the extra grip benefits outweighed the tramlining and they look nicer.
    I dont think a Hunters alignment will make the slightest difference to be honest.

    i used to find the inside lane on motorways were the worst because of the dips in the road caused by the lorrys. my car used to get pulled in to them. Luckily i drive to the speed limit or just above so i never spent to much time on the inside lane.
    2 inches!

    2 centimetres mate

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