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Old 05-02-2013, 09:26 PM   #41
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I had previously cut away lots (like 2" vertically of metal) of the fender to provide clearance for my 15x10 racewheels with the 275/35R15 hoosiers. http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=230916

So to get the look that is pictures, I added F2 fender flares. I cut away the inner lip of the flares to make them fully functional. I had to pull the ends of the bumper out to meet the flares and to clear the tires by notching the backside and put an extended tab.

The wheels I got from AmericanMuscle.com they originally were 18mm offset but I machined 5mm off to increase offset to 23mm. they're 17x9 and probably 24lbs, so they are heavy.
They have a 255/40R17 tire. this is a lot of tire, too tall in my opinion, it rubs the wheel well liner, and did rub where the bumper meets the fender, so I clearanced a fair bit. the tires are Sumitomo HTR2, so the grip sucks, but they were cheap. I bought this setup just for looks, so I didn't care much about performance. I would consider a 245/40R17 tire next time.

so after all that work, it doesn't rub any more except on the wheel well liner in parking lots, but that doesn't matter.

if you have more questions, maybe we should go to PM or I'll start a build thread where its easier for others to find. I don't want to dilute this thread too much as it was for a mk3
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:35 AM   #42
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Please! A build thread would be fantastic!
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im on pins and needles waiting on that write up! would really like to see whats all involved in it!
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