Need to go lower--help!

joeygkb

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Hey ladies and gents--

I recently dropped my car on F2 coilovers and got myself some 17x7 wheels with 205 bf goodrich gforce tires. I just installed a yakima rack and now want to go lower to since the rack made the car look a lot higher.

My problem with going lower is that the front wheels rub the fender liners when I hit a dip on a turn hard enough. They used to rub a lot in the back as well when I first put the wheels on, but I opted to buy and install a camber kit for the rear which fixed the problem and gave the car a much nicer look in the back.

After searching around, it seems to me that people go way lower on wheels and tires that are a lot wider than the ones I have on my car now--even without rolling or pulling fenders. I've also read that some cut their fender liners in the front or just remove them altogether. I don't really think removing them is an option for me because I daily drive the car in NYC so I can't have all the garbage on the roads being thrown up into the engine bay and door jams. Driving the car low here is enough to worry about :skurred:

The real issue is that the bfgoodriches run a lot wider than other tires of the same size, which I wasn't aware of until I put them on the car and did a little research to see WHY IN THE WORLD 205s would be rubbing in the rear (because that's not even wide compared to some).

So what should I do? Work with the tires I have, or just go out and spend the money on a new set to allow myself the drop without rolling/pulling/cutting/relocating? A friend of mine told me to just wait until the tires wore out and then get a different set and drop the car. That's fine, but I really wouldn't want to wait another year or two before these tires are done--they're brand new.

Sometimes I just need ideas--thanks for your time as always guys!
 

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So what should I do? Work with the tires I have, or just go out and spend the money on a new set to allow myself the drop without rolling/pulling/cutting/relocating? QUOTE]

What seems more pratical and cheaper. Spending $400 on another set of tires even though you just bought a brand new set, or spending less then $5 to roll and relocate? (there is no way a pull is needed for a 7" wide wheel).

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What's the offset of the wheels? And what's the sidewall of the tire? I dont see how you could be rubbing with a 7" wide wheel on 205's, when a stock 6.5" wheel on 205's is super sunk.
 

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I know I'd like to avoid getting new tires but if that's what's gonna have to happen for me to have the height that I want then it might be worth it.

Here's some info on the wheel:
Size: 17x7
Offset: 42mm
Backspacing: 5.63"
Bolt Pattern: 4-114.3
Rec. Tire Size: 205/45-17
Weight: 15.0lbs.

& the tire:
205/50ZR-17 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Now I know the rec tire size is different than the one I got, but they told me over at tirerack when I ordered via phone that I shouldn't be running the 45s with my car and that rim because the 50 would do a lot better for me. I don't really know why they said that, they said I could go with either one but they specifically told me a few times that the 50 would suit my needs better so that's the one I ended up going with.

I thought about the offset when I was purchasing the wheels and I used one of the online things that compares the appearance and fit of the wheel/tire combo against each other and they stuck out the same amount, which leads me to blame the tires for running so wide. I would have someone cut/roll/relocate, but I just don't know where to go for that and who to trust. I know a few guys in the area that do it but I've heard some bad things in general from friends who have rolled their fenders so I'm nervous doing that.
 
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I'd love to know myself! The tire runs so wide that it's about 8 inches wide if I actually go and measure the width of it. I don't understand it. The tires are amazing with traction and handling, I just can't get the hight I want because of the rubbing issue. It makes no sense how 205s are rubbing the way they do.
 

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Dude seriously just roll your fenders, relocate the rear bumper tab.. And if you don't want to take out the wheel well lining just cut out the part that's rubbing... I haven't had mine in for over a year, drove through snow/rain ect you'll be fine.
 

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Rubbing with a 7" wide is new to me .. What's the reason as to why you won't roll your fenders ? If you ever want to go lower, you've got to make sacrafices =/
 

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