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Has anybody noticed cupping on the inside of the rear tires after lowering? I noticed my rears wearing fast and felt them. On the inside it's cupped. Not bad, but noticable.
 

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The Fusion has a very steep toe curve in the rear suspension, if you didn't re-align you've got too much negative camber and too much toe-in.
 

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What were the numbers after realignment? The toe curve is more aggressive the further into jounce you put the suspension, so from rest when lowered, you will gain more toe-in for 1in of travel then you would if you were not lowered. Could be that you need to run a bit less toe-in on a lowered suspension then stock.

Could also be that the suspension is now under-damped with the stiffer spring rates and the tires are bouncing a bit.
 

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Can someone post up their alignment settings so I can put something in it that will work?
 

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[quote author=Showtime link=topic=54042.msg888969#msg888969 date=1155682454]
Can someone post up their alignment settings so I can put something in it that will work?
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Showtime check the alignment numbers I dialed in when I lowered mine, Look in post titled "Just installed my spings today"
 

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So you just did that in your driveway? I'm thinking of holding off until I put my snows on to realign it. The Continental tires are horrible so I really don't care about them. I just don't want anything to happen to the snows or the tires I put on next year.

On a side note, I think Continental tires are JUNK. The ones on my Mom's Taurus are dry rotted after a year and wore extremely fast and the ones on my Dad's Mariner are dry rotted after 1.5 years and 20k.
 

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[quote author=Waldo link=topic=54042.msg887100#msg887100 date=1155644751]
What were the numbers after realignment?  The toe curve is more aggressive the further into jounce you put the suspension, so from rest when lowered, you will gain more toe-in for 1in of travel then you would if you were not lowered.  Could be that you need to run a bit less toe-in on a lowered suspension then stock.

Could also be that the suspension is now under-damped with the stiffer spring rates and the tires are bouncing a bit.
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So Waldo: If we load the stock suspension (say: four adults and a fully loaded trunk) and go across Country, do you think we will have to keep an eye on the rear tires?
 

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[quote author=Cross Bolt link=topic=54042.msg892342#msg892342 date=1155781382]
So Waldo: If we load the stock suspension (say: four adults and a fully loaded trunk) and go across Country, do you think we will have to keep an eye on the rear tires?
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That's a pretty good question. I loaded up my Focus and drove about 2000 miles and noticed significant rear tire wear, though the tires were already getting low on tread. It basically finished them off.
I imagine it could be a problem if you took a long trip, like 4-5000 miles. Tell your friends to start a diet!
 

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[quote author=naha_music link=topic=54042.msg883860#msg883860 date=1155513925]
it's because of the negative camber
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IM NOT TOO SHARP ON THE LINGO BUT IS "NEGATIVE CAMBER" LIKE THA SAME THING THAT THE FORD TAURUS DO AND OTHER CARS LIKE NISSAN MAXIMA AND ALTIMA DO? LIKE IT SAGGS IN THE BACK?
 

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sh** - I KNOW I had these numbers because I made the dealership show them to me after I had the whole "wrong wheel after wreck" issue and then the impact break in the other tire that I made them completely warranty.

I've looked everywhere that I know this piece of paper could be - the more I look, the more I fear that I shredded it as an act of senseless violence.

SORRY!!!!!!
 
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