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Old 01-17-2015, 02:38 PM   #1
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Tire Rubbing in Wheel Well

Hi Folks! Just had my stock 17" wheels and rims replaced with a stock 19" GT rims with 255/40z/19s put on them. Parking at a restaurant a few moments ago I was caught off guard when I heard tire rub! It freaked me out because I knew I was far from the curb.

Does this mean that I'll need rim spacers? When I get home I'm going to inspect to make sure that the wheel well covers are not loose.

Anyone having done a similar change had this happen?

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Hi Folks! Just had my stock 17" wheels and rims replaced with a stock 19" GT rims with 255/40z/19s put on them. Parking at a restaurant a few moments ago I was caught off guard when I heard tire rub! It freaked me out because I knew I was far from the curb.

Does this mean that I'll need rim spacers? When I get home I'm going to inspect to make sure that the wheel well covers are not loose.

Anyone having done a similar change had this happen?

Thanks!!!
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Interesting, i myself am running 255 35 20's all around and have no issue rubbing, are you lowered? I would defenitely inspect before hand, try and find out where its rubbing exactly
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You need steering rack stops. Roush Mustang Steering Rack Stops 404476 (05-14 All) - Free Shipping

When I bought GT Brembo 19" wheels for my previous Mustang, the tires rubbed against the lower control arm when turned all the way. Even more so when I installed lowering springs, the control arm was the only thing it touched. I later installed those steering stops, then no more rubbing.
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You need steering rack stops. Roush Mustang Steering Rack Stops 404476 (05-14 All) - Free Shipping

When I bought GT Brembo 19" wheels for my previous Mustang, the tires rubbed against the lower control arm when turned all the way. Even more so when I installed lowering springs, the control arm was the only thing it touched. I later installed those steering stops, then no more rubbing.

Josh thanks. I'll have a closer look to make sure that's it!


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Yep, Josh is spot on.

You're going to need the steering stops. When the car has this option from the factory these steering stops are added at the factory.
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Yep, Josh is spot on.

You're going to need the steering stops. When the car has this option from the factory these steering stops are added at the factory.
I've heard this before and don't understand why they only list the one turning diameter for all their v6 models including the performance package that has the 255/40-R19's. I would think the steering stop would result in a larger diameter.
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What offset are your wheels? I run a 255/35/20 and I dont rub
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Do NOT get spacers. Either don't turn the wheel as tight like I do, or steering stops. I've heard spacers are incredibly dangerous from many people.


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Ford's website used to have the steering stops listed on the page with the wheels for use on V6 cars with 16 and 17 inch wheels.
The Steering stops come on all Mustangs with 18 and up wheels so if you have a Pony Package or MCoA it already had them.
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I've not had any trouble like this yet, I do have 5/16" spacers all around. No trouble out of the spacers yet either.
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Do NOT get spacers. Either don't turn the wheel as tight like I do, or steering stops. I've heard spacers are incredibly dangerous from many people.


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Spacers are safe if done right. I'm using spacers all around.
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Spacers are safe if done right. I'm using spacers all around.
What size are you running? Are they spacers or wheel adapters
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Tire Rubbing in Wheel Well

Spacers aren't a great option, but they're ok if they're not too big and they're hub centric (never use lug centric).

And preferably only used on the rear wheels, not on the wheels used for steering.
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Spacers are safe if done right. I'm using spacers all around.

What size?


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Ive got a 14 v6 with 255/35R20 and 295/35R20 rear and it doesnt rub!


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I was in the same boat when I upgraded to Brembo wheels and tires. Now I am on 20inch MMD Axims. To my surprise these didn't rub. Then I later found stocks tires are 8.5 in offset and I think GT is 9 or 9.5. which makes them Rub. My new 20's are 8.5.

No Do not get wheel spacers. I think Steering Rack Stops are the best solution.
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They just warned me of the same thing on my thread. I have a 2011 v6 and changed out the wheels and tires off a 2013 GT w/19". I only drive it to the dealership to have them changed. I noticed no tire rub. But I didn't make any sharp turns. It's parked for the winter....but they suggested I jack up the front end and turn the tires tight and spin the wheels. Still haven't got to it, but will post results after doing it!


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