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update on tire rubbing

Postby robwalk45 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:32 am

Finally got an hour to check the rubbing issue on my bug. The Bentley manual shows that there is a mark on the steering shaft and a line cast on the steering box to use to center the worm gear. It took a little cleaning to find the marks ( which means that the mechanic that installed the dropped spindles didn't check to see if the steering was centered) sure enough my steering box was not centered. I centered the gear box which put the steering in a right turn I then shortened the left tie rod and lengthened the right tie rod four turns which put the wheels straight ahead and the steering wheel a little more than 90 degrees off. Removed the steering wheel and lined it up with the centered gear box. It now turns lock to lock and clears everything. I really don't have a way to accurately check the toe in so, I am going to take the car to alignment shop and have the front end aligned. I am thinking about Merle's on Shields, any suggestions?
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Re: update on tire rubbing

Postby derbug » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:00 pm

Merle's prob can do....his shop been there long time....i am sure
he can do....I would call first...
A-z Tires on NW 10th St....just a little east of May...where
I purchased the new frt tires for my Thing...said they also
could align air cooled vw's ...I asked them for I knew
that Woody's Alignment....had retired
The toe in is no big deal....the camber adjusters need
to be free and able to be adjusted.....When I had my daughters
74 aligned at Woody's on NW 39 about 4 years ago.... he asked me about the camber
adjusters....which I had told him were new/fresh and movable
(think in your orig post is this...I did mention centering the pitman/drag link arm, box
and then re-adjusting the tie rods )
The toe in is simple....can be set with tape measure on a type 1 bug...
easy with two people
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Re: update on tire rubbing

Postby vdubjim » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:33 pm

If you own it forever, firestone has lifetime for 149
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Re: update on tire rubbing

Postby robwalk45 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:30 pm

We learned how to do alignments in high school auto-mechanics about a million years ago. My problem is I don't have a helper to help hold things and the car is low to the ground.
One thing that kind of worried me about Merle's is that when I talked to them on the phone about adjusting the toe in using both tie rods so that the steering wheel stays centered, the guy told me that they did it that way if the bug has adjustable tie rods on both sides,and some bugs only have one adj.tie rod, if not I would have index the steering wheel. I don't think I have ever seen a car that only had one adjustable tie rod. This makes me wonder if they know beetles or if they are lazy, it takes a little more work to do it right.
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Re: update on tire rubbing

Postby vdubjim » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:55 pm

Err Mmm.....early cars sometimes the short one is fixed.

You guys make me laugh......
Ever bother to look who works at those places?
Same punk kids that work everyplace else, so what's the diff???
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Re: update on tire rubbing

Postby derbug » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:04 pm

Your application both your tie rods should be adjustable....
you also might call
Modern Wheel Alignment....
1111 W Main St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 235-5385
They have been in business for over 30 years +or- a few
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Re: update on tire rubbing

Postby robwalk45 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:48 am

I had forgotten about modern, funny about their name, I took a car there when I was about 25 (now 68) the equipment they had then looked like it had been there for a long time then. But they knew what they were doing and did a good job on the car.I imagine the same guys aren't there anymore! Thanks for reminding me about them.
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