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No need to scare him... "static test" (archive)

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Posted by Rob Levinson on May 27, 1999 at 23:12:56:

In Reply to: Re: Have To Roll Fenders With 16's? posted by Paul on May 27, 1999 at 21:04:54:

: ... You just opened a whole can of worms!!!! For your sake I hope they fit! You can tell real quick - the first bump you hit the sidewall would get a chunk of rubber out of it!!! It will peel your sidewalls like POPEEL SLICER!!!!

LOL!!! That's not entirely accurate, I wouldn't expect any tire-shredding.

There's a "static test" you can do to see if there will be rubbing without moving the car an inch. Put the new wheel/tire combo on the car and put it back down on the ground (no support from the lift). Take a large piece of paper (the carpet-saving paper mats that most shops use work great for this). Put the paper over the rear tire so it hangs over the side of the tire. Push down on the rear of the car very hard several times (use the corner or fender side so you don't put a big dent in the trunk!). Take a look at the piece of paper - if there's a crease or dirt-line from the fender pressing it against the tire, then you know it will rub when you hit a big bump or dip (I almost hit a dip once, the guy wouldn't get out of the road - har dee har har!).

- Rob

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