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      03-19-2017 11:57 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by 7GIRLS3CUPS View Post
      What are the speed limits on the roads you're driving/ why are you going that fast anyways?


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      03-19-2017 12:14 PM #52
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    3. 03-19-2017 12:16 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by 7GIRLS3CUPS View Post
      What are the speed limits on the roads you're driving/ why are you going that fast anyways?
      Since when is 70mph fast? Vast majority of highway speeds limits around the country are 65-70mph. Some even 85mph, heck only a few years ago did they finally put speed limits on some roads out west.
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      I miss those speed limits! Although in Alabama I've never had a problem 80mph in 70mph zones.

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      03-19-2017 01:09 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by 7GIRLS3CUPS View Post
      What are the speed limits on the roads you're driving/ why are you going that fast anyways?
      In IL we have 70 mph speed limits on I-90 once you get past the Chicago suburbs. Even on sections where the speed limit is 65 or eve 55 mph, 70-75 mph is just going with the flow of traffic.
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      03-19-2017 02:14 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by Aonarch View Post
      It sounds like the shop is a tad bit incompetent.

      RF would have said the tires were flat spotted and they would have been able to see if a wheel was bent.

      The shop needs to shake down the control arms and bushings too. This is really simple stuff, that a lot of shops fail at.

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      1. Bent Wheel (Modern day with large diameter wheels, usually it is the wheel not the tire)
      2. Out of round tire
      3. Bad control arm, ball joint, or other bushing
      4. Axles or related part
      What about steering rack as a very very last resort?


      Also, 70 mph is not very fast, I agree.
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      03-20-2017 12:19 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by NeverEnoughCars View Post


      Our highest speed limit is 70, so it seemed like the claimed speed was in excess. Seems you guys out 'yonder play by different rules
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      03-20-2017 01:15 PM #57
      sounds like cupped/chopped tires to me.
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    8. 03-20-2017 04:59 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by BUJonathan View Post
      In IL we have 70 mph speed limits on I-90 once you get past the Chicago suburbs. Even on sections where the speed limit is 65 or eve 55 mph, 70-75 mph is just going with the flow of traffic.
      TomTom or Garmin did some research years ago and found the average speed traveled on the highway was 70mph. Heck the only reason some speed limits are at 55mph is because of the 70's oil embargo.

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      03-20-2017 06:03 PM #59
      I'm betting you have one or more bent wheels.

      The 18" wheel on my Boxster had a small bend on the inside lip. It exhibited a vibration at around 76mph up through 85mph with two different tires mounted. Had the wheel straightened and it's smooth as glass now.

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      03-23-2017 06:50 AM #60
      If you can check for repair history, look for any work done to the CV Joint flanges like seal replacement. In most cases a C-clip is used to secure the drive flange to the differential gear. There are instances where it breaks off from it's perches and gets chewed by the diff and flange, causing the front end to vibrate only during acceleration. No clunk, no worn ball joints and every thing torqued to spec except for this weird vibration during acceleration, beware, this problem can cause baldness trying to figure out.

      I've experienced it myself after I replaced my diff seals, who would think this could happen when no tell tail sign a problem happened in there unless you check that the clip or whatever is holding the flange to the diff is actually there holding it securely. I found everything holding it down was chewed up into a single ball bearing about an inch in diameter, that's what causing all that vibration. Now another scenario with an opposite effect, this time during deceleration a vibration occurs. It could be a loose engine mount, specifically a tranny mount not meeting it's torque spec's. Hope you don't pull your hair trying to solve this, hope this helps.

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      03-27-2017 04:14 PM #61
      New update: Local VW-Mazda shop has a Hunter Road Force balancer. (Our local wheel repair place does not, despite what "people on the Internet" say.) 3 of the 4 tires are now balanced; one tire, passenger-front, needs to be replaced because it refused to be balanced - and this is a brand new tire, too (factory Conti)

      Technically I "bought" the tires through VW, so they're warrantied (even road hazard'ed) by VW. My local dealership can therefore take care of this, sparing me yet another 200 mile roundtrip to where I bought the car
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