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Front Wheel Clearance?

Posted: 15 Jul 2017 14:02
by jeffball610
As many of you know, running larger wheels and tires up front requires some clearancing of the inner wheel area to allow full steering. However, I have seen very few pictures of this, let alone a "how to" on it. My search terms aren't matching anything anyone is posting. Does anyone have a write up on this or at least some pictures of the process? It's a bit ridiculous how wide my car turns right now and I'd like to resolve it before I do any other work to the chassis sheet metal.

Re: Front Wheel Clearance?

Posted: 16 Jul 2017 10:39
by duke
I have done this on a friends car, but I don't have any pictures. There might be some on his build thread on Ratsun but I'm not sure. Basically what I did was split the seam at the back of the fender well, move it back ~1", and re weld. This was for wide wheels and large flares.

If you are not running extremely wide wheels, I think the better solution is to shorten the TC rods to move the wheel forward in the wheel well. This has the added benefit of giving you additional caster, which is always a good thing. On my car with 15X7 0 offset wheels and 205/50 r15 tires I have plenty of clearance at full lock and I haven't modified the fender wells at all.

Re: Front Wheel Clearance?

Posted: 16 Jul 2017 12:57
by jeffball610
I've been contemplating getting control arms and T/C rods, and maybe that's a better solution than cutting my good sheet metal. I'm running 16x7 wheels (I think) with some 205/50/16 tires. There's quite a bit of rubbing happening, but only on tighter turns. I don't have issues driving around, and that's why I haven't done anything about it yet.

I'd still like to see some more info on this, but of course Photobucket (which hosts most of the thread pics) is being stupid and no one has pics up.