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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 02, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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I am installing 9.5 inch wheels (corvette '95) on the front and have a rubbing problem from the Upper A arm. I would like to know if anybody has modified there Uppers to fit this problem. The inside of the wheel is the part that rubs on the upper a arm. I am thinking of cutting a notch out of the upper and welding in .125 steel tubing to the A Arm. I think if I weld bit at a time I shouldn't cause any warping and metal hardening that woul cause a problem. What do you think???
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 02, 01:42 PM
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What year car do you have? What is the backspacing of the wheel you are trying to make fit. I put a 9.5" wheel with 5.5" a 275/40 17 tire on the front of my car, and I could hardly turn the wheels before the tire would hit the back of the fender. There was not clearance issue at all with the upper control arm. Is the car on the ground when your rubbing occurs? Also with that backspcaing the wheel was rubbing the tie rod end.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 02, 05:57 PM
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for some reason, the engineers on the newer cars decided to make the wheels fit with a lot of backspacing. most-if not all- of the older cars i have seen with late model vette or camaro wheels on them had to have a couple inches of wheel spacer in there.check that before you go hacking suspension pieces.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 02, 01:30 PM
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I'm going to try to run 17" x 8" w/ 5.5" B/S and 225/45's on the front of my '67. And if it doesn't work, I will opt for a set of 1/2" spacers.

I also have installed 1/2" x 2" studs so they will be srong enough (and long enough)if needed.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 02, 02:29 PM
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Paul, this weekend I put a wheel on my car with 5.5" backspacing and the wheel was in contact with the tierod/steering arm.
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