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Wheel Rubbing Problem

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    Wheel Rubbing Problem

    So I put aftermarket Corvette ZR1 rims on the beast (285/40/17) I noticed that when i take a turn left or right and floor it and the car starts to slide that it makes a loud noise from the back end, almost like somethings grinding. So i took my tires off (back ones) and the tire seems to be rubbing in front of the axle next to the stopper. What i dont understand is that people put 315s on and have no problem and i wanted to put wider tires on but i dont like that noise. What can i do? Oh and by the way ive seen people put 295s and 305s on 285 sized rims? can i get away with it?

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    Most people with 315, iirc, have to bang the wheel wells to avoid using spacers.

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    Thats correct. Theres almost always fabrication involved in putting larger wheels on.

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    Theres definately a hammer in your future. 275 is typically the largest size the on a 9in rim for the front. I run that setup on the front and back so even my directional tires can be rotated back to front. I have friends who banged out the wells to run 305's on a 10 inch rear rim.

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    Well i really dont want to modify my car like that. I also dont want to take my spacers out because my car is lowered and has a stiff ride to it and if i take the spacers out i will bottom out my car. All i want to know is can i currently put 305s or 315 on my rim with no problems period?

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    It depends on the offset of the wheels. I run 18x11s in the rear with 315/30/18 and made no modifications. I have no issues and I am lowered.

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