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Old 01-04-2004, 08:16 PM   #8
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Originally posted by Mark Avery
This has been done before - do a search.

Lowered wagons with +48 offset rims will rub in the rear.

- Don't lower a wagon.
- 215/45-17s on +53 offset rims.
- Get the rear fender lips rolled.

I have 215/45 Bridgestone SO3s on 17x7+48 rims, Tein wagon coilovers, -0.9" rear drop. My rears rub - fender lips to be rolled soon.
I'll have to disagree with mark here.

48ET is the correct offset for a 7.5" wide rim. And depending on your tire size and brand, as well as rear camber, do not rub. 53ET is correct for 7" wide and 55ET is correct for 6.5" wide rims.

I have 48ET 7.5" wide rims and they never came close to rubbing on a 3/4" dropped STi Genome suspension. I was using 215/45-17 Yokohama AVS Intermediates. Alignment was -1.5 F/ -1.1 Rear Camber. I switched to 225/45-17 Toyo T1-S and they had slight rubbage on the rear with about -1.1 degrees negative camber. I have since rolled my rear fenders and all is right with the world.

Some tires are wider than others, the S03 and Azenis are pretty wide for a given width, for example.
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