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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-17-2010, 02:29 PM
bmwchic18 bmwchic18 is offline
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Car pulling to the right? New wheels, did alignment, please help?

So I recently got the new avant garde m310, 20s on my e60. It was a bit of a mess at first with the car shaking and vibrating, but I just put hub rings on and it seems to be good now (after multiple trips to the tire store)

They also balanced the wheels but have at least 1-2 rows of weight which I thought was odd for new wheels. But however I have it set up with 255/30/20 with a 20x8.5 wheel in the front and 295/25/20 with a 20x10 in the rear. The car was rubbing and pulling to the right (which I don't remember it doing with the stock wheels) so i took it to a shop out here and had the fenders rolled, which worked great for the rubbing. I also had them do their high-tech computer alignment. The car still pulls to the right and the wheel is not straight, if pointed straight the car drives to the right, which means I have to hold it slightly to the left. Now i spoke to the shop about how it is still pulling and they said with the e60 it is only set up to allow toe, no chamber or caster, and that the only way they could get it to go straight was by adding a aftermarket kit to allow for chamber or caster.

has anyone has this issue after running bigger wheels? Are there any tricks with the toe to get it to not pull? Any advice/comments/experience would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:22 PM
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does your car have active steering? if so, from what BMW has told me you have to do a special active steering alignment. that could be your problem... this is why i only use OEM wheels.. good luck
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Old 09-18-2010, 03:50 AM
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With new OEM tires on the 08 550i I just purchased it was pulling to the right; enough so that I could do a lane change on the freeway by just taking my hands off the steering wheel. Over the years I have had many tire people try to address pulling problems with my cars by telling me it was radial pull. It has never been radial pull--until now. The put the front left on the front right and front right on the front left--tracks straight. If your alignment is spot on, maybe yours is radial pull too.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:32 AM
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With new OEM tires on the 08 550i I just purchased it was pulling to the right; enough so that I could do a lane change on the freeway by just taking my hands off the steering wheel. Over the years I have had many tire people try to address pulling problems with my cars by telling me it was radial pull. It has never been radial pull--until now. The put the front left on the front right and front right on the front left--tracks straight. If your alignment is spot on, maybe yours is radial pull too.
I have this same problem with my 550i. I just got an alignment on brand new tires Thursday with the latest laser hunter machine. The specs are spot on, but letting go the steering wheel the car will pulls right. Also, on uneven pavement my steering wheel gets all squirmy.
I will have them try switching my front wheels around.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:42 PM
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My 535 goes left at times weird
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:46 PM
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My 535 goes left at times weird
Runner-up for greatest first post. Ever.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:48 PM
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I have this same problem with my 550i. I just got an alignment on brand new tires Thursday with the latest laser hunter machine. The specs are spot on, but letting go the steering wheel the car will pulls right. Also, on uneven pavement my steering wheel gets all squirmy.
I will have them try switching my front wheels around.
Just take it back- they didn't center your steering wheel correctly. It's not really a science centering the wheel- It's more of an art, and there are a lot of things that can move when they make a large adjustment. I usually count on three trips on any alignment, and you also have to keep in mind that everyone will have a different perception while driving the car.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:52 PM
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explain radial pull again?
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Have this same issue an BMW is telling me it's my control arm bushings.
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