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Hey everyone. Happy Friday. The following question pertains to my 1994 e320.

A few months ago, I purchased H&R Springs from Tire Rack that were supposed to lower the car evenly all around (as opposed to lowering the front a bit more, which was the other option). They were installed by my mechanic, who has always done excellent work. He's regularly successful in the SCCA events around here, and clearly understands performance. He also installed Billstein HD shocks on the same car about a year ago. The shocks were a tremendous improvement, as were the wider wheels and tires which (prior to lowering) had never give me a problem. Can't recall the specs off the top of my head but let's assume that they are about an inch wider than stock; I do not believe they are any taller. Ever since we did the springs, the front left tire had rubbed against the fender well every time I take a hard right turn (which is how I take most of my right turns :eclipsee_steering: No problem with making left turns at all. At first I thought my body weight (180kgs) was contributing to the problem, but the same thing happens when another carbon-based life form of roughly equivalent mass & density (+/-) is in the passenger seat. Anyone want to take a stab? Any guidance would be much appreciated. - c
 

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My guess is one wheel is a little further back in the wheel house than the other. A wheel alighnment tech will be able to adjust them forward a little as part of a full wheel alighment.......
 

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Thanks! He did do an alignment after the springs had a few weeks to break in, but I'll ask him to check it out again. Peace.


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Did the alignment guy use a spreader bar with the suspension under load during the procedure???

Also, were the shock tower mounts replaced? The mounts wear and crack making alignment virtually impossible.
 

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You didn't indicate the offset of your rims...but did state a wider tire.
Try installing an equivalent to the AMG fender spacers which was how AMG solved tire rubbing in the eighties...
 

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You didn't indicate the offset of your rims...but did state a wider tire.
Try installing an equivalent to the AMG fender spacers which was how AMG solved tire rubbing in the eighties...
Any idea as to where to find such or a part number?
 

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Did the alignment guy use a spreader bar with the suspension under load during the procedure???

Also, were the shock tower mounts replaced? The mounts wear and crack making alignment virtually impossible.
Funny you should mention ... The same front left shock tower had rusted and collapsed; he said he fixed it with metal supports and welded them into place. Again, I trust this guy; he does good work ... although I'm a little nervous that he might have botched this one (?). Hope not ...

Thanks!
 

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...front left shock tower had rusted and collapsed; he said he fixed it with metal supports and welded them into place.
I think here lies your scraping problem. The is a great possibility that the tower was not in it's proper place when the steel support was welded. One cannot "eyeball" a uni-body alignment without the proper "jig" and correct measurement specifications.
 

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can you tell me anything more about those fender spacers?
 

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You can make your own fender spacers. I used hard plastic caster wheels as fender spacers. I got them from Home Depot. I removed the wheel from the mounting bracket and enlarged the hole to fit the fender bolts. IIRC, you need one for the fender bolts close to the door and one for the bolt close to the bumper. The idea is to put a thick washer on the fender bolts to push the fenders outward.
 
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