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Old 07-25-2019, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default Fitment Issues - 02 wrx with 18x10.5 (flares in process)

Might have posted this in the wrong section so posting here as well.

So before everyone jumps on and goes "that won't fit you fool!", I am doing fender flares. Now my body shop contacted me and showed me pics of my tire hitting the side skirt in the front and said it would also hit the rocker panel on close to full lock.

My question is has any had this issue when going with this size wheel on getting full lock issues? My exact specs are 18x10.5 +22 with a 10mm adapter to run 5x114 wheels. I haven't heard anyone complain about this issue and was wondering if I have a damaged suspension component. I just installed brand new coilovers and have aftermarket 22mm sway bars.

Not sure how to upload pictures so let me know how and I can do that. Just wanted some input while its still in the shop so I know if I just need a alignment to adjust camber/toe or if its a larger suspension/subframe issue.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:12 AM   #2
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Stock wheels are only 7.5 inches. Calculations show that the offset needs to be about 17mm to keep the backspace the same. That is in the ballpark of where you are. The calculations are only a rough estimate. It seems very plausible that you would have some rubbing on full lock. Have you considered maybe just a 9.5 inch wheel?
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:06 AM   #3
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If not ALL... most guys who go flares and wide wheels with wide tires will have to do some modification to the inner wheel wells. Everything is fine until you try to do full lock. You will have to do a combination of hammering out the inner wheel wells, cut side skirts, and in general cutting the inside. It will vary because not all tire sizes are equal. You gotta pay to play.
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Old 07-27-2019, 12:14 AM   #4
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I didn't hear many people discussing fitment issues with the 147 pages in the Karlton fender thread. The one that I saw was creating a bar to push the side skirt outwards which they titled the bumperpusherouter. Even the pictures don't look like any cutting of a side skirt was done.

With that said, do you have experience with this? And if so, what did you cut or adjust to make the wheels fit.
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