I finally got around to replacing all of my suspension (front and back). I went with the following:
-Hotchkis 2" lowering coil springs
-Hotchkis 1.5" lowering leafs
-Hellwig front and rear sway bars
-Varishock QS1s front and rear
-SC&C Stage 2 Plus
-All new Moog steering components (pitman arm, idler arm, etc.)
Late last fall I had purchased some 18" Torque Thrust 2s (18x8 w/4.75" bs for the front, and 18x9.5 w/5.5" bs for the rear). I had a local shop measure the front and rear (passenger side only
, my mistake...) to make sure they would both fit. Once they gave me the "thumbs up" I placed the order.
Over the past 2 weekends, I replaced all of the suspension and went to put the new rims and tires on (I was soooo excited)...but then the worst possible thing happened...the rears didn't fit. Here are some pictures:
As you can see, I have some problems.
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but on the passenger side, the outside of the tire is dead even with the edge of the fender lip. On the drivers side, the outside of the tire is even with the trim screws (about halfway into the fender lip).
The quarter panels have both been replaced by the car's previous owner, and they did a terrible job, especially on the driver's side. The tires are 275s...
What are my options? I don't have the money right now to order new rims, so I would prefer to make these work. I am open to trimming/rolling the fender lips, but I don't think that would make the driver's side work...
Do you guys think that a 255 series tire would help me out?
I am open to all suggestions. I know it is my fault that I didn't have the shop measure both sides prior to ordering them, so please take it easy on me.
I really appreciate all of your help! I need some smart ideas on this one...