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    Default Rear Droaning Noise Update

    Well Ive had this noise as posted before and my suspicions have been comfirmed.After having my n/s rear tyre wearing down on the inside edge I had a 4 wheel alignment done and it was way out so that was adjusted and put right.Now the noise had changed in tone so I put my spare 19inch alloy on which has a pirrelli p zero on it and after going down the road the noise has gone so it was the tyre making the din all along due to it getting low on the inside edge.Need a tyre now but just found out they don't make the Kuhmo KU31 ecsta spt no more and the next one up the KU39 which is not in the country till 4 weeks time and the tread pattern looks different to the one I want.Ahhhhh I give in,have I got ocd wanting the same pattern on both tyres lol
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    If the KU31 was making noise then you don't want a similar one do you...
    It might also explain why this tread pattern has been discontinued

    This is also the same reason why Goodyear have been playing around with the F1 Eagle tread patterns, they have the same issue

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    My opinion on the KU39 regarding noise & droning http://vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=152169.

    Each to their own though .

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    Hi Guys,

    Hope you don’t mind me butting in but I would like your opinion on my issue if that’s ok?

    I have today just fitted a full set of 19" Snowies that I have had refurbed and they all come with matching part worn (5mm – 6mm) FULLRUN HP199 235 x 35 x 19 and what a racket I am now getting!!!

    Up to fitting these car was quiet as a mouse and no major road noise however, today the droning I am getting is unreal. I have checked the tyres and they are not rubbing on anything (P.S Do I need any spacers, I was on 17” Sri Wheels as I drive a 06 Veccy Sri)

    Do you think it’s my tyres on the road making the drone or could they be rubbing?

    Your help would be appreciated.

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    More likely to be the change from 17" wheels to 19" wheels, plus the part worn tyres
    However the part worn tyres should only cause an issue if they are down to less than 3mm, unless they have been on a car with incorrect alignment settings

    Also, you need to have the suspension modified for 18" and 19" wheels
    I know the front is different, so the rear is probably the same
    Spacers may be a cheaper fix / alternative

    Rubbing should be easy to spot
    If unsure take photographs of the tyres and compare every 100 miles

    Finally, what is the vehicle specification and tyre pressures you are using?

    Once the suspension has been modified, have a full alignment check / adjustment, it will almost certainly need it due to the change in wheels

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    noticed a droning on the rear of mine too, standard 17" elite/active wheels, tread has about 4mm left, even wear all round, could this be down to tyres aswell? they are the same tyres that were on the car when we got it 4 and a half years back

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy bhoy View Post
    noticed a droning on the rear of mine too, standard 17" elite/active wheels, tread has about 4mm left
    Sounds like those tyres have permanently been on the rear
    A known issue, so sounds correct

    The solution is to swap tyres rear to front as they wear out

    In November I tested one tyre at 0.5mm tread and the noise was horrendous
    It was so bad it sounded more like a puncture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    More likely to be the change from 17" wheels to 19" wheels, plus the part worn tyres
    However the part worn tyres should only cause an issue if they are down to less than 3mm, unless they have been on a car with incorrect alignment settings

    Also, you need to have the suspension modified for 18" and 19" wheels
    I know the front is different, so the rear is probably the same
    Spacers may be a cheaper fix / alternative

    Rubbing should be easy to spot
    If unsure take photographs of the tyres and compare every 100 miles

    Finally, what is the vehicle specification and tyre pressures you are using?

    Once the suspension has been modified, have a full alignment check / adjustment, it will almost certainly need it due to the change in wheels
    I had a new set of 17" tyres fitted to my 2006 1.8 VVTi SRi wheels and then the wheel alignment was done at the same time about 4 weeks ago. Nw all 4 Snowies are fully ballanced however, they do seem to have worn randomly and all tyres are down different. Tyre pressure on the snowies is 42 Front & 38 Rear as advised from here earlier.

    What do i need to do to the suspension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireyfella View Post
    What do i need to do to the suspension?
    As above, you've swapped from 17" to 19" wheels and the suspension is slightly different
    There are two choices
    Replace the different parts
    or
    apply spacers
    On completion you MUST also have an alignment check carried and almost certainly the front / rear will be different

    If you don't then the tyres WILL wear incorrectly
    Equally, the inside edges may contact the bodywork and suspension

    Tyre pressures from my book (for 1.8) :
    38 front
    33 rear
    Therefore adjust them slightly
    The ones you are using look to be for all V6

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    There are two choices
    Replace the different parts
    or
    apply spacers

    Tyre pressures from my book (for 1.8) :
    38 front
    33 rear
    Therefore adjust them slightly
    The ones you are using look to be for all V6[/QUOTE

    Thanks for that will sort pressure and look at getting some spacers

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