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tires contacting fender

PostPost by: ensign42 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:45 pm

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Fast question. I have an S2 with standard fenders and no mods to the front end. It has standard wheels. Tires are Vredestein Sprint+ T80 145R13 74T
Radial steel tubeless TW1 Treadwell 250 traction A temperature B (direct from side wall). It rubs and has caused slight damage to the front fenders when turning. The P.O. claimed front shocks and springs to be newer (less than 10k). Before I dig too deeply (I have a NOS lotus unplated chassis waiting for pickup later this month)- can anyone confirm this is the right tire, and the problem lies elsewhere.

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:39 pm

145 tires should not rub on a bone stock car. Perhaps these new shocks have adjustable ride height, and are set too low.

Also, the front springs could be too short.
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PostPost by: alan » Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:05 am

is the spacer missing in the steering rack or has someone fitted elan +2 hubs :?:
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:53 pm

I had something similar on my S3 and found the rubber bushing at the top of the damper had collapsed. Check the condition of all your bushings.
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PostPost by: ensign42 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:06 pm

I can't seem to attach any pictures from my phone, but as soon as I get home I will fire up the computer and send some images.
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PostPost by: TroonSprint » Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:42 pm

When I opened up the rack on my Sprint I found that the long spacer was missing. That would certainly cause tyre rubbing. I had some suitable tubing and made one up.
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PostPost by: ensign42 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:12 am

please see attached pictures
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PostPost by: ensign42 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:14 am

So these are some photos I have, please let me know if anything stands out specifically.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:59 am

The top rubbers mounting the spring shock unit appear to need replacing which may be contributing to a lower ride height and making the problem worse. Also your steering rack bellows appears torn ?

Even with the standard wheels and tires, the tire will hit the fender outer lip at the top in the position where you have damage if you use a lot of opposite lock when cornering hard or when turning into steep drive way i.e. any action that pushes the wheel up to full bump when it is turned out at the front will cause contact with the fender- this is "normal" :roll:

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PostPost by: alan » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:05 am

maybe worn metalastic bushes in suspension arms :wink:
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