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Right side idler arm is way loose- steering pulls to the left. Does this need replacement or can it be re-bushed?

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It can be rebushed using a press. Bushings are readily available.

When you reinstall it, tighten the nut just far enough that you start to feel a little bit of drag on the arm, and no further. Many times they come into my shop over-tightened, and then people complain of heavy steering.
 

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How tough is it to re-bush? It looks in Haynes like you need a special tool- "distance piece".

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Rebush made a HUGE difference. Car running GREAT! Now I need new tires and a seat belt in the back. Anybody know where to find these items?

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Awesome! When I rebuilt my front end in all poly the idler arms were the only ones I didn't do...:rolleyes:
 

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Phil---a quick question...the alignment on my 122 seems fine and travels straight down the road, however, when I encounter irregularities in the pavement or heavy grooves like we have here in the PNW, my car wants to pull and 'roadwalk' quite a bit. Is this typical, or do I need to re-bush or adjust the front end? Car has poly bushings and sway bars.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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John, I would check the toe-in setting. You want just a little bit, probably less that 1/10 inch difference between the front and rear ends of the tires. But yeah, I've driven on the Vancouver / Portland freeways a lot, and in places there are shallow ruts from cars running studded tires. The 122's track is narrower than the space between the ruts, so it does tend to drop one or the other side into them.
 

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John- thanks for the link... now about those Beetle tires- anybody bought any lately? A quick Google showed a couple of possibilities.

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If you're looking for stock size (165R15) tires there aren't many choices any more. Lots of people have spoken highly of Vredestein Sprints. Coker Tire has them, as well as several others including Michelin ($$$). I used to run Pirellis on my '66 1800 (long gone, alas), but they're no longer available.
 

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I had bought a set of these tires from discount tire a while back, may be 3 years back. These tires went to my 67 ipd with 4.5" wheels. The tires do a very good job on the dry, the car has very good cornering limits, and it is reasonably predictable in the drift, when you push too far. Good ride too, considering ... But they are not so good on the wet. Probably because they are cheaply made somewhere in South America (?). If I bought tires for this car again, I would probably try the 185/65R15 (since I don't drive this car on the freeway much, the loss of mph/rpm is not of high consequence, plus the car can use a bit more acceleration capability).

But if you have a good budget for this, may be its worth trying the Michelens.
 

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Hunt down a set of Vredestein Sprint Classic 165R15 tires. Your local tire shop should be able to order them. Not cheap, but worth it (and definitely less expensive than the Michelins or anything from Coker).
 

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... a little pricy on the Vredesteins considering I paid $200 for the whole car. May do it though. It came with Firestones with good tread that hold air but now that I'm driving it they're developing cracks on the sidewall.

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... a little pricy on the Vredesteins considering I paid $200 for the whole car. May do it though. It came with Firestones with good tread that hold air but now that I'm driving it they're developing cracks on the sidewall.

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Cheap tires are out there.

George Dill
 
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