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Old 11-03-2014, 09:34 PM   #1
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Will these clear the strut?

I have a 2000 e46 Coupe and I lowered it on coil overs. Among other problems like the sway bar links touching the lower control arms (front), the tire is rubbing the spring ever so slightly, but it is enough to justify being worried. The wheels are style 54's with 205/55/16's (new wheels on the way!). My question is, will 18x8.5 square wrapped in 215/35/18's with 10mm spacers all around clear the strut?
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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Forgot to add pics!

here is the left front spring rubbing the tire, along with the sway link problem.
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:05 AM   #3
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Your pictures are so small i can't see whats going on.
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Old 11-04-2014, 02:22 AM   #4
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if you ordered new wheels why didn't you get an offset that included the spacers?

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You will probably need adjustable/ custom length sway links. a place in the UK made mine and shipped them to AUS for 200bucks. I noticed on my suspension that the sway bar links were too long only when jacked up... asi lowered the car back down the issue went away but I was worried enough to get 30mm shorter items that could be adjusted back to stock length if ever needed.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:16 AM   #5
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Sorry about the small pictures, I uploaded them in a rush after being sent from my phone, so i guess i selected the wrong size in the email?

But i contacted the people who sell the coil overs and only after being questioned did they reveal to me that i need sway bar links that are adjustable, or 16cm in length.

And as for the new wheels, They're et30, without the 12mm spacers i've decided on now, so effectively, they'll be et18 when they arrive and are installed.
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