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Was wondering if anyone else has had any alignment issues with their Koups? I bought mine last thursday and had to take it back the next day because it was pulling to the left. They rebalanced my tires and "tweaked" the alignment, but its still pulling to the left. Not to mention the vibration when doing 70+ mph.
 

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Heard that the Korean forums were having that discussion on their cars but nothing much from the NA market.
 

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My Koup handles fine at any speed up to a "tested" 91mph. Actually had a corvette messing around on the highway coming off an offramp, so I stayed ahead of him until that speed and dropped back down to regular cruising speeds while he punched it past me. Those guys are crazy...
Man, the TurboKits intake was loud at 4k to 6k rpms on the highway when floored.
 

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I was supposed to take it up to the service department this morning but I couldn't. Had to run some errands for work. I'm gonna get it up there before the week is over with. I can tell its off a lot because my fuel mileage isn't what I expected.
 

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I had the same issuse with my koup sx just it was pulling to the right . the toe on the left side is probley out of spec . mine the right side toe was pointing way out to the right side . the dealer wont fix this properly you might have to take to a local shop that will acutally spend the time to fix it . if the rear beam is out of spec it would cause a pull when you brake or it would feal like it riding down the road like a dog thats been kicked in the butt . I ended up fixing mine myself at work after i had it at the dealer twice and it took them 3 days to bs me around .
 

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Alignment issues can be tough to diagnose at times. It could be as simple as too much air in one tire and not enough in the other [over / under inflation of tires] It could also be a bad tire as well [the bands in a tire can break/shift]. You can have a perfect wheel alignment but a bad tire and/or over/under tire inflation can make it 'seem' like an alignment issue when in fact it may be a tire issue. Try this first - swap your front wheels and see how it drives, if that doesnt work then try changing the air pressure as well. If none of that works then it might well be an alignment issue with one of the possible issues mentioned here as well. But try the free stuff first to at least eliminate things.
 

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Alignment issues can be tough to diagnose at times. It could be as simple as too much air in one tire and not enough in the other [over / under inflation of tires] It could also be a bad tire as well [the bands in a tire can break/shift]. You can have a perfect wheel alignment but a bad tire and/or over/under tire inflation can make it 'seem' like an alignment issue when in fact it may be a tire issue. Try this first - swap your front wheels and see how it drives, if that doesnt work then try changing the air pressure as well. If none of that works then it might well be an alignment issue with one of the possible issues mentioned here as well. But try the free stuff first to at least eliminate things.
If I don't make it out to the dealership this week I'll swap out the front tires and see if this works.
 

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before doing all that work.
you can quickly tell if the rear beam is out by measuring across rear wheels with a tape measure. use the same tread groove for the front & backs. and if the difference in the measurements is out of spec the beam is out.
 

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before doing all that work.
you can quickly tell if the rear beam is out by measuring across rear wheels with a tape measure. use the same tread groove for the front & backs. and if the difference in the measurements is out of spec the beam is out.
Good idea. I'll do THIS when I get home from work this evening.
 

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mine tilts to the left too. I noticed not too long ago, maybe after rechecking tire pressure so i might start there. Not a big deal though as i will need a complete alignment after springs go in..
 

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mine pulls to the right. have to tilt the wheel left to keep it from wandering.
Exactly what happened to my Forte Koup EX. I've pretty much gotten used to holding the wheel a bit to the left, and so each time I drive another car, I always end up steering the car left.
 

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Why not take your car to a specialized alignment shop and pay them 100 bucks to have it fixed?

Most shops charge 80-100 bucks to do a 4 wheel alignment.
 
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