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    Ok, I have given up trying to find where my rear tires are rubbing since there appears to be plently of clearance. There are no plastic parts loose and everything in the wheel well looks good.

    The only area that I can guess its rubbing is the metal lip on the wheel wells since the tire is wider and if i get the car to bounce high enough you can tell that the tire width would just does not clear the inner lips.

    How have you guys rolled the fenders or what ever you call it? Do you have a picture to show me one that has been done so I can see what it looks like?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    You can roll your front fenders but you cannot roll the rear ones. The rear ones you have to trim them. What size are your wheels? that is weird that your rubbing I wouldn'r rub with 20x8.5 lowered I started rubbing when I switched to 20x10 in the rear.

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    what's the offset on your wheel tomm?

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    you could ask for a "knuckle" to be installed, its like 20 bucks and prevents your rear suspension from bottoming out and rubbing. I ordered some for mine, just need to in and install them. I think its a lot better than cutting/trimming/rolling the fenders in that you do not risk any damage to the paint.

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil_concours
    what's the offset on your wheel tomm?
    The offset is 40mm and the rims are 8" with 245/45 tires. The lip on the fenders just touches the tire when the car dips 2 inches after a high to low grade change. It never happens over bumps but hits every time I go over a hill at a decent speed.

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by tomm
    The offset is 40mm and the rims are 8" with 245/45 tires. The lip on the fenders just touches the tire when the car dips 2 inches after a high to low grade change. It never happens over bumps but hits every time I go over a hill at a decent speed.
    That is so strange. We have identical set ups and mine doesn't rub. Do you see any scuff marks on the tire?

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    ditto!

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by tomm
    The offset is 40mm and the rims are 8" with 245/45 tires. The lip on the fenders just touches the tire when the car dips 2 inches after a high to low grade change. It never happens over bumps but hits every time I go over a hill at a decent speed.
    Your in Jersey, every bump is a decent size.I'm from there and they have to be about the worst roads in the country.

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by 05CTS
    Here's how to roll your fenders.

    That device looks like it swings a radius of a circle. Of course the wheel lip is not a circle, so how does it compensate?

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Don't know, I just saw it yesterday in the magazine and thought it was pretty cool. My fenders look pretty round.




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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertCTS
    That is so strange. We have identical set ups and mine doesn't rub. Do you see any scuff marks on the tire?
    Maybe my fender lips are wider than yours. If you measure the front fenders there is less than 1/2 of an inch of a lip and the tires go into the tire wells with no problems.

    On the rears there is exactly 1" of lip in the center above the tire. I cleaned the lip good and took a drive until it rubbed and felt the lip and there was black from the tires on there.

    So what do I do? There is about an 1/8" that sticks out on the lip in certain spots and I will try to take pictures later and I guess I could file these parts off but then I would have to deal with possible rust building up on that area.

    If I could bend the inner lips up slightly that would also give me enough clearance and the problem would go away but I would have to pay a shop to do the job since I dont have the tools to do it properly.

    What about the knuckle idea? Anyone install these? It might be the cheapest way out but what side effects could occur from using those? I also have the luxury suspension and most of you guys have the sport so I dont know if the shocks difference is why mine has this problem and yours dont.

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by tomm
    Maybe my fender lips are wider than yours. If you measure the front fenders there is less than 1/2 of an inch of a lip and the tires go into the tire wells with no problems.

    On the rears there is exactly 1" of lip in the center above the tire. I cleaned the lip good and took a drive until it rubbed and felt the lip and there was black from the tires on there.

    So what do I do? There is about an 1/8" that sticks out on the lip in certain spots and I will try to take pictures later and I guess I could file these parts off but then I would have to deal with possible rust building up on that area.

    If I could bend the inner lips up slightly that would also give me enough clearance and the problem would go away but I would have to pay a shop to do the job since I dont have the tools to do it properly.

    What about the knuckle idea? Anyone install these? It might be the cheapest way out but what side effects could occur from using those? I also have the luxury suspension and most of you guys have the sport so I dont know if the shocks difference is why mine has this problem and yours dont.
    I just went and measured mine and the rear is 7/8". an 1/8" difference. That could easily be your problem. Don't know what a knuckle is.

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbed Stealth
    Tomm- There is two ways you can do this at home..... One is to take a rubber mallet and just fold the raw edge over. The other way is to take a baseball bat and insert it between your wheels and fenders and actually roll the baseball bat. You might have to jack the car up just slightly to take a little wieght off the wheels. If you use an aluminum bat it will scuff the paint. I had this same problem when i put four adults in the car...................
    I've heard of what Stealth has mentioned but that would concern me about possibly stressing the paint and having it crack. Are both rear wheels making contact? Myself I'd probably entertain the thought of grinding some material off. You could touch the edge up the edge with one of those micro rollers and some paint. It won't show.

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    Re: Rolling Fenders

    Quote Originally Posted by tomm
    Ok, I have given up trying to find where my rear tires are rubbing since there appears to be plently of clearance. There are no plastic parts loose and everything in the wheel well looks good.

    The only area that I can guess its rubbing is the metal lip on the wheel wells since the tire is wider and if i get the car to bounce high enough you can tell that the tire width would just does not clear the inner lips.

    How have you guys rolled the fenders or what ever you call it? Do you have a picture to show me one that has been done so I can see what it looks like?

    Thanks!
    This is what mine looks like...You can't really tell because the "rolling" is actually on the inside portion of the fender, where the sharp edge of the fender is...

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