Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Summerfield, NC
Re: New tires and wheels
It sounds like a backspace problem.
If you had a 15x7 wheel with a 4 1/4 backspace (not 100% sure that's what the original specs were for your wheels, but that's what they are on a set of rally wheels I have)...then to keep the outside of the wheel in the same spot (tire size differences not taken into consideration), then you'd need to have a 15x8 with a 5 1/4 backspace on your american racing wheel.
If you didn't increase the backspacing, then you might have put the extra inch all the way to the outside and you'll have that rub.
While I was waiting for my new street wheels to show up, I borrow a set of 15x8 wheels that were on a chevelle and I couldn't use them because of the same issue your describing.
The only way to fix this is to get the right backspace for your new wheel...which means returning them...you can't easily fix a backspace problem.
I'm by no means an expert, but I did learn a lot while deciding on my new wheels.
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