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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Update!

So I finally got my tires installed and got my suspension parts. I started on the install tonight and just for fun I put the control arm, etc, back together without a spring.

FYI, the RB spring kit recommends cutting the soft bumper 2 "folds" up from the bottom, so that's what I did.

So with the springs out, I put the wheels back on and jacked the suspension up until the hard stop hit the control arm and the car *just* started to come off the jackstand.

Guess what? NO RUB! But man is it close! At the leading edge of the tire, there is about 3mm of clearance. For the record the tires are 225/45R18 Continental DWS.

Oh! and as a side note, I wondered what the oversized tires would do to my speedo calibration so I compared it to my GPS. It is dead nuts on the money. Speedo says 50, GPS says 50. That's a big bonus in my book.

See the attached pics. I hope that all this effort helps someone.

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Yea, it's tight in there. Actually makes me wonder how much the linear would have to come loose before causing problems (a couple of my fasteners have popped out over time).
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Very interresting! My focus was on the upper edge of the fender but that never thought of the leading edge, where I already noticed a "outer kink" and wonder why, thats the result of inscriptions on the tire or threads that pulls the fender edge there.

I can't wait to hear from you, when alignement done and some real G force in action, if it still not rub. Cause it's worst when going out of an exit and hit some bumps. Assuming a minimal play in the suspenssion arms/bushings, pressure on the bottom of the tire makes upper going outward a bit and reduce the gap btw fender and tire even more. In my case, it's rubbing only on driver side, I guess it's an alignment issue.

I have a new lower arm in the garage. The bolt is frozen in the bushing and I was unable to remove it 2 weeks ago, so I bought a new one to replace it. I'm all set to do this this week end. Replace my bump stops, a new lower arm on driver side and modified rubber spacers to raise back of the car. Hope that everything will goes well this time.


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Follow up about the installation of spacers to rear suspenssion:
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