Strut and wheel clearance

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  1. Orange 94

    Orange 94 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    What clearance is typically needed between the front strut and wheel?

    I found the perfect deal on the wheels I want. But they are wider than current and will require spacers. Currently I have 3/4" clearance. The spacer configuration I want to run would leave 1/4" clearance. I could probably make another spacer configuration work and that would leave 3/8" clearance.

    My thinking is that you don't really need much clearance, but it does still seem sketch to be that close...? I've read people having as little as 1mm?
     
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    I have about 2-4mm of clearance between my tire and springs in the front, which is probably more dangerous than rubbing on the strut. I've never had any issues with it; clearance is clearance. The SLA should be even less of a problem. And out of curiosity, what size wheels are these? I thought you had x9s right now? Yet they're wider and you'd still need a spacer? (assuming we're talking fronts)
     
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    I currently have 18x9 +24
    New wheels are
    18x9.5 +38
    I want around +30
     
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    Holy non-aggressive offset. Yeah that's gonna need a spacer lol
     
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    Yep. It was that or +20 which is way too aggressive since I already poke.
     
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    I have literally no space between my wheel and spring. Like none, while just enough to not rub. i have 19x9.5 with 6.25" bs. That should be your limit imo.

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    If you are going to be autocrossing or open track driving it will be an issue with that little of clearance. If not you should be fine. Keep your tires inflated.

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    Nice vid, and love all the nice shiny new parts

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    The rear isnt what is close. Its the front that is close. I dont think the front moves as violently as the rear, so i think i MIGHT be ok. We will find out.
     
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    If you watch it on a bigger screen, you can see the fronts

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    Lots of movement indeed. What are you running in the front as far as suspension.
     
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    Steeda full comp front springs with a spring rubber in them, which equates to 1300lbs, poly control arm bushings, steeda front sway bar, MM camber plates(-1.8°), poly steering rack bushings, steeda bumpsteer, x2 ball joints, strut brace removed, steeda lower g brace and koni single adjustable struts. Stock K-Member, stock front control arms.

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    [video]https://youtu.be/n1pdsOPxatQ[/video]

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