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Old 10-17-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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Question bizarre Tire Wear!!?

Hey all,

Today I decided to put on the winter tires, a bit early I agree, but my schedule doesn't get any lighter until the term ends. Anyway:

My rear tires are showing some very unusual wear. The inside corner is worn at a very sharp angle. My car is lowered, however, the camber which my rear wheels have definitely is not nearly sharp like this. Here are some pics, more story below the pics.

Notice the sharp wear on the left side (inside).

Here I've approximated the wear.

The other tire.

Something to think about. I am currently experiencing some differential issues ( ) which I think leads to improper "slip" around corners. Could this wear be a example of that?

Any ideas?

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Old 10-17-2009, 09:06 PM   #2
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I would say thats pretty normal for a lowered bimmer! The wear could also be coming from bad alignment...with much toe in would cause your wheels to look like this (when you look from top of the car); /----\ so the inside of the tire will wear out more, even tho the camber is good.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:47 PM   #3
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:07 AM   #4
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definite toe wear.. get an alignment.
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:41 AM   #5
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what if your front tires look like this?

don't mean to hijack this thread, but seems like the cause of 325is' rear wear has been identified.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:41 AM   #6
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Same issue with the front, usually a combination of negative camber and excessive toe in or out, mostly caused by the excesive toe in either direction. When there is a toe issue camber will become an issue too but camber alone could not cause that kind of wear.
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Exact same thing happened to me. To much toe on the front, alignment solves it.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:38 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input guys! My next question now is where to get a proper alignment in the west end?

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