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Old 09-10-2012, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tires rubbing fenders!!! Should I roll or replace?

I got my e30 not too long ago, and think it's about time to address this issue:

My tires like to rub whenever i:
-take a hard turn
-go over speedbumps, potholes, broken L.A. roads, ect.
-Carry more than about 150lbs in the back seats lol



To the best of my knowledge,
these are the specs i'm working with:
-1.5" lowering kit. (According to the previous owner. suspension feels a little bit on the softer side)
-250/50/16 tires
-16" rims (rims info was painted over/blanked out, but that's just deductive reasoning from tire specs.)

Not sure If I should:
- try rolling my fenders (the space between the tires and fender lining is pretty narrow, but workable. I think...)
or
-Just buy smaller tires...
(I REALLY LIKE the way the car sits on it's current wheels. Can't EPHASIZE that enough. It looks really fat)














Additionally:
-The back tires like to rub a lot more than the front. (Tire logo is erasing in the back, but still new in the front)

-The paint seems to be a bit chipped around one of the front fenders
It looks like the front fenders might have been rolled a little bit.
According to my cousin, who does body work, the fenders can still be rolled a bit.

-If anybody knows a good shop/connect that in the greater L.A. area they could recommend/ vouch for, it would be greatly appreciated

-Thought about upgrading to adjustable camber, but mehh. I'd just end up eating the back tires on the exact opposite location than where they're being eaten now... $$$$


Pulling really isn't an option
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Replacing your fenders won't solve the problem. You should roll them. I have the same issue with my front fenders because I have 18" wheels. You should roll them before the paint starts cracking like mine did.

Check what springs you have. A manufacturer stamps their products to identify them. Depending on what springs you have you may e able to go with a taller spring to increase the gap a bit. If you think the ride is to soft check your shocks and do the rebound test. It may be time to replace them. Depending in what shocks the car has they may have adjustable dampening if thei yellow Koni's.
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So I ended up rolling my back fenders. Helped a bunch! But i'm still rubbing.
Think i might end up getting slightly smaller tyres. Maybe something like 195/50/16 s
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