I’ve just bought a Mini Mayfair and have noticed that the passenger side front wheel sticks out about 3-4mm further from the front wing than on the drivers’ side. None of the panels have been replaced to my knowledge; it’s just had just a respray and some new wheels. I haven’t even changed any of suspension bits, but they are adjustable. I thought it might be the new wheels, so I swapped them side-to-side and it’s exactly the same. They’re 6x10-inch Minilites and the previous ones were 5x12s.
Maybe it’s just that I didn’t notice on the other wheels, but have you heard of this before? It seems odd for one wheel to stick out more than the other. Reece We have come across this a fair few times. There is a plethora of reasons, foremost of which are either badly-fitted front end panels, or accident damage. In the latter’s case, it can be simply from the car having been hit at the front end at some point gently enough to not require panel replacement, but enough to tweak the front end across. If that’s the case, then aside from aesthetics there is no real problem. The worst case scenario is where the front bulkhead has been pushed out of alignment - usually by a fairly hefty frontend shunt. If so, then it could be a bit of an issue as it will mean the suspension geometry will be out of alignment. To check this out you can simply run a length of string or cord around all four wheels. Position it through the centre points of the wheels/tyres, then measure the distance between the sill’s outer edge and the string at the leading edge of the door. It should be the same both sides,give or take a millimetre to allow for a less than perfect bodyshell shape. If there is a big difference, we strongly advise you get the shell checked on a body jig to assess the cause.
Is your suspension geometry out of alignment?