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    Default New staggered 10th Anny wheels installed on my 82 GT

    OK I finally installed my new wheels on my 82 GT. I have got a 1/4 inch spacer on the front and it appears that it might be rubbing on the front lower part of the bumper. I have included a picture to show that area. Has anyone else had this type of rubbing issue.

    I have got 17 x 10s (+20mm) in the back with 275/40/17 and in the fronts I have 17 x 9s (+24mm) with 245/45/17. I have a couple of other threads on FEP here with issues that have come up with my wheels due to the SVO brake kit having wider than normal fox length axles. Thus that is why the back wheels are sticking out a bit but for now it is growing on me and I am actually kind of liking it lol. I am going to order a new spring kit for at least the back because I think there is too much gap in the back still. I have just over 2 inches of gap in the rear and just under 1 inch in the front. I currently have the Ford Racing B springs on it which lowers the car modestly. Maybe only 0.5 to 0.75 inches in the back with the B springs. I would like to try and go for a 1.5 inch lower to close off the gap. Though I think the fronts are OK right now and will likely leave the B springs alone there.

    Let me know what you guys think?

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    Last edited by 5pointoh; 12-04-2018 at 07:03 PM.
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    Front tires rubbing on the fender extensions is not unusual. Tire size, wheel width, offset, alignment, and ride height will all affect clearance or lack thereof.

    You can trim the inside of the fender extensions a bit for additional clearance if you are happy with everything else. I would be careful with your lowering in the rear. Your tires sticking out will vulnerable to damage from the wheel well lips as the suspension compresses. Reducing the ride height will only cause that to happen more often. Good Luck!
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    Prior to putting on the 1/4 inch spacers I had 17 x 9 Cobra Rs in the front that seemed to be rubbing on the lower control arms. After putting on the 1/4 inch spacer and the new 17 x 9 10th Anny wheel which has the same +24mm offset as the Cobra R it now seems to rub on the inner fender extension and not on the control arms. Though I will have to look at this more carefully again and have a 2nd person look for rubbing while I crank the steering wheel slowly.

    Overall I am quite happy with the set up as the rear 17 x 10s sticking out is growing on me I was not too crazy at first but will keep this wheel set up as an alternate to my Cobra Rs. Currently I have just over 2 inches of gap in the rear wheel well so I think it will be safe to bring it down about 1 inch. I would then have just over 1 inch of gap which I think will make it look better while at the same time enough room to avoid damage to the wheel lips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    You can trim the inside of the fender extensions a bit for additional clearance if you are happy with everything else. I would be careful with your lowering in the rear. Your tires sticking out will vulnerable to damage from the wheel [well] lips as the suspension compresses. Reducing the ride height will only cause that to happen more often.
    Exactly my thought.

    When I put M179 Cobra Rs (17x9, +36mm backspacing) on my car with SN95 axles (1/2" shorter than the what you're running, 5pointoh), during the drive home my rear fender lips cut a big groove of rubber out of the sidewalls of the tires. Every time I hit a significant bump at highway speed, the rear suspension would compress and the fender lips would catch the tires. I was able to fix that by rolling the fender lips, but with your longer SVO axles and 16mm lower offset, I'm not sure you'll be able to do that.
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