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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 09, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Tires rub - can I trim fender lip?

I have 255R40-17s on my rear, with whatever backset the TireRack picked for me. They almost clear, but on bumps and corners the passenger side tire rubs on the inner lip of the top of the wheelwell.

Is there a "relatively safe" option I can take? I've heard of rolling the fenders, but never having done it, its not thing I'd like to try on a car where the bodywork was already done!

There's about 1/4" of overhang of the fender lip beyond what the chrome wheel well trim covers. I could trim that with a body saw to match the chrome trim, but I'm not 100% certain that will solve it entirely.

Surely someone's "been there, done that", so any advice is more than welcome!

Thanks,
Dave

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Re: Tires rub - can I trim fender lip?

Every Camaro, Chevelle, GTO, mustang I ever saw orig The right side tire is closer to
the fender than the left,
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Re: Tires rub - can I trim fender lip?

Dave, that may fix it, but...
I gotta say you got the wrong backspace on the rims. a 69, even a SHARPLY LOWERED 69, should be able to tuck a pair of 275's right up in the back wheelwells.

What width and backspace are those rims?

How much space do you have on the inside?





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My rear fender lips are not rolled, but the body shop had trimmed about an 1/4 inch just up to the welds and not past them... They only trimmed 1/4 x 8" long with the radius of the tire and then rolled the trim. Im running 18x9.5 with a 5.5 back space rims and 285x40x18 tires

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Dave, that may fix it, but...
I gotta say you got the wrong backspace on the rims. a 69, even a SHARPLY LOWERED 69, should be able to tuck a pair of 275's right up in the back wheelwells.

What width and backspace are those rims?

How much space do you have on the inside?
Unless they've changed their wheel selector since I ordered, they show:

American Racing Torq-Thrust II (Official Wheel of the '69 Camaro)

17x8
Offset: 08mm
(No backspacing given, but they say 3.93" with a 17x7)

However, they recommend a 225/45-17, not a 245, so to be honest I'm not 100% what I have...

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8mm = .31 inches, somewhat short of the 1/2 - 3/4" offset needed.
Again tho, guessing doesn't help here.
a 255 tire should fit on the back of any 69, if the wheel offset is correct, but it's not a best guess scenario.





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Re: Tires rub - can I trim fender lip?

If I can I would like to take this thread a little further, I am looking at a set of MT 29x18.5 15lt and I know that they wont fit with factory suspension but what all would I need to do to fit these bad boys under my 70 1/2 w/411 10 bolt
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