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e28 front end shimmy (archive)

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Posted by jeff on February 02, 2001 at 06:39:00:

Hey .This problem has been around awhile and now it has become a matter of HONOR {U know how us southern boys are about that} to figure this thing out without takin the car to the dealer or other repear shop {ill take it to be aligned if someone can convince me it is out}Im not sure how to determine if the calipers are indeed retracting. I checked the lower ball joints as per the hanes manual.there is the slighest bit of play {aprox 1/32" }im not convenced that this is the problem. as i know that more info is better that less,, let me elobrate. a}the car was purchased aprox. 6 mos ago. b}henery {the 82' e28} has over 300,000 miles. c} the front end shimmy is non existent at speeds below 40ish and above speeds above 75mph. also when making a corner at the "shimmy " speed it is not as prononced. d}there is no decernable play anywhere in the front end {compared to another e28 i own} this includes upper and lower balljoints,upper and lower control arm bushings, and tie rods {all "tested" by hanes manual standerds}the "stablizer" bar and links are in and links are in place. e} The tires are showing wear on the inside edges no "feathering" just wears the inside to wear bars while the outside edge show same tread depth as the rears. f}i have replaced the right thrust arm,left thrust arm bushing, left tie rod end {all were wore out},swaped tires and wheels from other e28. g}have not had front end alignment {car goes straight down the road for 100s of feet with no steering input}.h}the steering wheel deflection is aprox 3/8 to 3/4 inch jugin,shakin,shimmin.i} i have replaced both front wheel bearings and hub assys {they were growlin}. well thats is all of the info i can think of please try to decern the problem or let me know what additional data is required. THANKS in advance i remain jeff

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