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Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by Jerry M, Sep 15, 2020.
Yep. It will rub and you have to live with it.
I had 265/14/50 BFG Radials on all 4 corners with early 70's rally wheels. They rubbed the inner fender near the rocker box. Car was low and looked pretty cool. They haven't made that size in a long time and the centers wore out first.
If you get a lower aspect ratio and make the tire smaller in diameter, you can fit wider tires but, they no longer fill the fender gap, then you lower the car, then it drags your exhaust over speed bumps and everything else.
Hell, mine rubs with the stock size 225/70 tires on the stock N90s - or at least I think it still does with all the suspension done. It definitely did with the stock springs, but those were sagging so bad that when I swapped to Hotchkis springs, the car didn't get any lower.
I don't drive the car hardly at all, so I can't remember if it does still rub or not. Maybe I did solve that, now that I think about it.
I ran 235 70 R15 on the factory aluminum wheels on my 78 Z/28 in the 70's. Later, I ran p245 50 R16's on IROC wheels. Fronts on rear, rear on front, had to trim control arm slightly. Then I went to 4 rear IROC wheels. ( I think) Now I run after market 16 x 8 chrome rallies with 235 55 R 16's. Car has solid body mounts and after market springs, its nearly stock ride height. Next time rear tires are going to 235 65 16 or somewhere there about. I like to drive hard so they do rub on full lock on bumps slightly.
I happened to be looking yesterday and I do still have a rub at full lock to the left, but not to the right. Looks to be right at the lower/back of the wheel well (the right front tire barely clears at full lock to the right), which sounds common? Lowering the car likely didn't have an effect on this rub.
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