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Old 04-09-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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rear wheels very close....

I just got my 15x7.5 rotas installed today and it looks like on the 2 rear
wheels (inner side) i'm very close to scraping or scratching this bulky metal
piece (which i don't know the name or what it is called) but here is the pics:





i don't want spacers i know all about that....what i want to know is if i can drumel / shave 2-3mm off that corner? It seems to be a pretty bulky piece of metal so it shouldn't cause any issues right?


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Old 04-09-2009, 06:13 PM   #2
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As long as it clears and a foreign object doesn't hit it, and you don't dent your wheel real bad there I think you should be okay. Keep in mine when metal gets hot it expands but it doesn't look like it's thatttt close
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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for the most part driving home after having it installed it was fine.....the only time i thought i heard some rubbing or clickety sounds was whenever i made left turns.

I can shave that metal corner down a couple mm right?
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That's really close. But as long as it's not touching I don't see any problems.
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WRC_fan had the same problem, he ground down the trailing arms so it had some clearance. You probly could buy some wheel spacers.
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I did a little bit of grinding to give my self some extra clearance, then deburred with a dremmel tool. This was off course on my zetec, as it would be against the SCCA rules on the autox car.

This is a low stress area, but don't take off too much material. Grind off just a little the corner, then apply a breakedge with the dremel tool to remove any burrs and high metal. Then make sure you apply some paint, preventing corrosion. Really you just want to not have any sharp edges to contact the wheel, or catch any debris. This part of the suspension is very stiff, and the chances of it flexing and catching the wheel are very small.
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wow good info there....so is that metal part called the "trailing arm"? I don't have equipment to do that....where would u recommend to have this done? Any shop or a specific kind?
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or what tool can i buy to ground it down a little myself? a metal filer or some kind of sanding tool to shave it?
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Yes the part name is a trailing arm. you can go to home depot or lowes an buy your self an angel grinder that they would use for welding.
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You could find/borrow/buy an angle grinder, less than a minute a side to take off the 1-2mm of material. It could be done with just a dremmel tool too, it would just take a little longer. I like to use the cone shaped grinding stone for deburring metal like this, but I'm kind of an amateur myself at doing it. Don't get in a rush and remove too much material, as you can't put that material back;) (welding doesn't count) A couple of good metal files would work as well, it would just take a lot of elbow grease and busted knuckles.
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