So the whole ream beam with stub assemblies intact?
Yeah, it's not the stub axels that bent it's the large 'L' piece of the rear beam, or the 'arms' that twists. It only twists about a few mm's, but it shags up the camber. Seen it a few times.
Your rear beam looks badly corroded too. Mainly surface stuff, but doesn't help.
Hunt around for a good one. I bought mine from AndyMK3Astra and it looks like brand new, very very low milage one from an R reg MK3.
Just a thought actually, before I go change this beam.
When I was last over at our mechanics house he commented on my rear bushes, could the fact that these are shot effect the camber?
Remembering that I havent had dodgy tyre wear for all 3 years I had the car, just a little bit when I had the dodgy offset wheels on and now.
not really scott
with the set up of the rear suspension/drums they wouldnt make that much diff tbh.
take it nothing looked untoward when u swapped suspension? id jack it up and see if anythings not as tight as it should be and if somethings bent a bit...
id say its linked to the sill damage myself and youd easy get a whole new rear beam from a scrappy - loads of mk3 astras in scrappys
All MK3 rear beams are the same. Some have different thickness antiroll bars (internally) and the GSi and some TDS's have an additional antirollbar.Originally Posted by Scott G
But all fit.
Nope, rear bushes will not affect rear camber. Trailing arms are fixed point povit. So swing about an axis vertically. You'll just get perishing and knocking from the back. It won't affect anything else.
But get rear bushes too if you're gonna change thr beam.
also scott has it just been like this with that wheels??
may seem dumb but id try a diff wheel in the arch to see if any difference - worth a try.
No i got a bit of wear with the old tyres but they were a stupid offset which I dont think helped.
All very well saying "heaps of beams in the scrappies" but how the fook do you remove on at Persley?
i was meaning the actual wheel could be fooked
as for beams.... dont go to persley. theres 2 half descent ones in h untly thatll get a beam off ready for u to collect/inspect or go to overton.
may be worth getting it on a jig first b4 u swap beams.
No point jigging a rear beam. For tyhe cost of a replacement beam, just as well get one of those.Originally Posted by Dave Hay
As for the wheel being fooked, you'd feel it and the wear on the tyre would be uneven.
was meaning get it on jig to see exactly wots up.
It would cost a lot wouldn't it? Jigging is time consuming.
nah cant see it being too expensive to just run a check. they may even do it as a homer....
its better than just shelling out on a new beam
Yeah, I guess, although I am biased since I got my nearly new rear beam for free.Originally Posted by Dave Hay
Hard to find somewhere to do jigging in town for sensible dollar. I put an Orion sideways up a kerb at high speed and bent all sorts of stuff many years ago. Swapping the trailing arm helped but it was still wonky. Bent floor I presume. Never did find anywhere that would jig it. Seemingly John Weir Mercedes have a fantastic set-up but they got all snooty about putting a "common" car on it so I never pushed them about a price.
As for this beam scenario, I would just leave it and see what happens. If the tyres wear out then ok, its time to look into a replacement beam, but if its not wearing tyres and the handling isnt badly affected I dont see any point in doing anything for now.
When I fitted the kit, there was nothing that looked amiss.
Especially when its probably me that will be doing the beam-swap
It would be easy to get one off a car in Persley. There is currently a new-ish green mkIII in Persley but it was perched right on the edge of the drop-off so I dont fancy working on that. The rest of the mkIII`s looked pretty old and scabby though.
Plenty of them at Sharpewood in Huntly though although he isnt the kind of guy that appreciates you rolling a car over to take stuff off from underneath it.