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Old 04-30-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
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Tires are rubbing against wheel wells....

I just put 18s on my car last saturday. They look nice, but when i hit dips in the road, my front tires will hit the fenders. I have the same tire size as alexofc69 and he said he's having no problems with his tires hitting the fenders. Is it because i have the facelift front end and that might be because of it? What can i do to fix the problem?
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I really doubt it has anything to do with being a facelifted car.....How many miles are on your car? Are your tires the exact same size as Alexofc69? I have seen two or three 9-5s on 18s with no rubbing problems. Have you checked the suspension?
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:44 PM   #3
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I really doubt it has anything to do with being a facelifted car.....How many miles are on your car? Are your tires the exact same size as Alexofc69? I have seen two or three 9-5s on 18s with no rubbing problems. Have you checked the suspension?
I have 102K on my car now. I don't have the same brand tires as Alexofc69, but same size. I have the Kumho Ecsta ASX 18x8 235/40/18. I haven't checked the suspension. As far as i know the suspension feels fine.

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I have found that 235 series tires do not fit in the wheel wells unless you have some extreme negative camber going on. 225s are really the widest you can run without any issues. That said, I love my 235s and they look badass. But now I need my fenders rolled.
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I am running Sumitomo HTR Z II's. 235/40/18. I dont have any problems. It may be the offset on your wheels. What wheels do you have?

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Old 05-01-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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its not the tire its the wheel offset. i run a 225/40/18 with a 18" 40mm offset. you can fit a 235 but the offset has to be in spec. the wheels we are using are within the limits.

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i have 235/45/r17 aero klingons on now with no problem looking to go bigger though to 18's
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Old 05-01-2008, 05:00 PM   #8
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My Borbet wheels are a 40mm offset. I dont have any problems.
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How do i change the wheel offset?
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:31 PM   #10
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I am running Sumitomo HTR Z II's. 235/40/18. I dont have any problems. It may be the offset on your wheels. What wheels do you have?
These are the wheels i put on my car.....

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Brand

These are the tires....

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....peed_rating=(Y)

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Im not sure if you can change the offset other than new wheels. Maybe some machined spacers? Seems 38mm offset brings them in tighter?? Do you have pics of you car with them on? Maybe a closeup of the wheel?
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Closeup of my wheel.....

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offset is set to the wheel. you can add a spacer and push the wheel out a little. the prob is that you should have a 225 on there with 38mm offset.
it is in a bit. but the diff in tire is like 1/3 inch. check the space in the wheelhouse and see how much clearance you have. i also run borbet 40 mm
offset 18" but use 225 so no rubbing.
but check out the spacers they will move the wheel out for sure
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offset is set to the wheel. you can add a spacer and push the wheel out a little. the prob is that you should have a 225 on there with 38mm offset.
it is in a bit. but the diff in tire is like 1/3 inch. check the space in the wheelhouse and see how much clearance you have. i also run borbet 40 mm
offset 18" but use 225 so no rubbing.
but check out the spacers they will move the wheel out for sure
yeah - 235 with my Borbet 40mm offset. I suspect its like you said. the 38mm is in more. So its probably rubbing some where closer in. I also see that some of the wheel well plastic is hanging?? Maybe thats flapping down as he goes over bumps. I dont know.

Get a set of 225s next tire change or 2mm spacers.

by the way MikeyC84 - your SAAB looks nice.
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these are 225/40/18
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the best thing to do is when you get an inch bigger rim, is to get an inch smaller tire so that when your stock rim and tire stand next to your aftermarket rim and tire they should both stand the same height.

like in your pics for instance the tire looks the same thickness as they do on my 17" factory rims. just need a thinner tire.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:51 PM   #18
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Thanks guys! I got the 235's because that what it said for a recommendation for the rims. I think i'm going to try the spacers first. If that doesn't work, i'll get a set of 225's.

Can i get the spacers anywhere, like autozone or any other car stores?
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Thanks guys! I got the 235's because that what it said for a recommendation for the rims. I think i'm going to try the spacers first. If that doesn't work, i'll get a set of 225's.

Can i get the spacers anywhere, like autozone or any other car stores?
nope-try tirerack.com or where you got the wheels.
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