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    Hello, I recently bought some 18"x10.5", 18"x9.5" OE C5 deep dish replica wheels. I had to order some tires from discount tire because they didnt have any in stock, I didn't want to run into any problems so the tires I got were nitto nt555, 275/35/18 for the front and 285/35/18 for the back. Today they came in so i went to discount tire to get them mounted to my wheels. Dropped off my car, got dinner, and went to pick it up when I find that my car was parked with my stock wheels still on, I go inside and they tell me that the tires rub front and back. So they left the tires off the wheels, and it was about closing time, so I just took my wheels and tires home. Am I right or not, but I thought that those oe replicas should fit without rubbing? Maybe because my car is lowered with eibach pro kit? any feedback would be appreciated...

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    they don't know what they're doing. for one thing, with wheels that wide, you have to jack the car up from the rear axle not the body due to the bump stops. Also, you'd prob need to do the BFH mod in the back.
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    Don't go back to that particular location or have them mount the tires and take it all back home and put the wheels on yourself.

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    I had to cut the bumpstops off on my 01 V6 to fit my OEM 2001 Vette Rims with 285/35/18's in the rear.

    My fronts are 17's and fit no problem.

    My OE wheels C6 replica's 17x9.5 on the 99 TA just cleared the front suspension but fit the rear no problem.
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    thanks guys, I had the tire shop put the tires back on the wheel. Then I took it home and installed it myself, checked the clearances. The closest the rear comes is about a half inch, the front fits with no issues. Test drove it around the block, rechecked the inner rear tires, and all is good, no rubbing anywhere...thanks for the input...

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    Glad it worked out for you

    Now post some pics.

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    yeah 285s should be fine, and every brand is a little different. my BFG 295s rub a little if i really sink the rear down, and some guys fit 315s no problem

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    test drove my car today with wheels on, i heard loud rub on the left rear(not sure where it came from) when I made a right turn. So I guess i'll have to check it out and find where its rubbing. Right now it is f'n windy here, so i'll wait till weather gets better. Pics will come on next nice day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4thGenTA View Post
    test drove my car today with wheels on, i heard loud rub on the left rear(not sure where it came from) when I made a right turn. So I guess i'll have to check it out and find where its rubbing. Right now it is f'n windy here, so i'll wait till weather gets better. Pics will come on next nice day.
    Do you have an adjustable panhard bar for the car now that you are lowered?

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    I bet its the bump stops,take your rear wheels off and spray the bump stops with orange paint.

    Put the wheels back on being careful not to rub against the stops.

    Test drive a hard right and left on ramp with a full tank of gas,any orange paint on the tires will tell you the stops and body brackets for the mounts need to be removed.

    It takes about 15 minutes per side to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by transamtom View Post
    I bet its the bump stops,take your rear wheels off and spray the bump stops with orange paint.

    Put the wheels back on being careful not to rub against the stops.

    Test drive a hard right and left on ramp with a full tank of gas,any orange paint on the tires will tell you the stops and body brackets for the mounts need to be removed.

    It takes about 15 minutes per side to do it.
    I had a set of OEWheels that were 18x10.5 in the rear and didn't have any issue with the bump stops rubbing. I was running 295s and the rubbing I experienced was on the drivers side due to the lack of a panhard bar. I am running 18x11s with 315s now and have didn't have have to hammer, roll, or cut anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2001camaroSS View Post
    I had a set of OEWheels that were 10.5 in the rear and didn't have any issue with the bump stops rubbing. I was running 295s and the rubbing I experienced was on the drivers side due to the lack of a panhard bar. I am running 18x11s with 315s now and have didn't have have to hammer, roll, or cut anything.
    My OE 17x9.5 wheels fit great too.

    It was the OEM 2001 Vette Magnesium thin spokes that needed some help to fit in the rear.

    I needed to completely remove the bumpstops and the bracket to get the clearance needed to run them.

    Thats why I told the OP to paint them first,if they are rubbing then you will have paint on the rim tire and need to do some massaging.

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    i have the same OE wheels 18X10.5,ill hit the bump stops a little if i do anything that would make the suspension extend all the way, like, opposite of bottoming out, but under normal driving, no problems, and thats with 295/35/18s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    i have the same OE wheels 18X10.5,ill hit the bump stops a little if i do anything that would make the suspension extend all the way, like, opposite of bottoming out, but under normal driving, no problems, and thats with 295/35/18s
    So no Dukes Of Hazzard jumps.

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    exactly, lol

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    I have 17x9.5/17x11 here w/ 315's & bumpstops and hit only on bigger bumps or potholes. It's ThatGuy 2-1's old car and im pretty sure he did the BFH mod on it.
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