How bad is rubbing, really?
It depends on the severity. Minor rubbing is sometimes considered par for the course with the tradeoff being substantially increased performance as a result of a much wider wheel and tire setup. Major rubbing can be a big annoyance, and should definitely be dealt with to avoid irreversible tire or fender damage.
Our goal is to provide fitments that allow for wide, aggressive tires that will not rub under any driving conditions. Most tire rubbing occurs during suspension compression such as hard cornering or driving over large road imperfections.
Every chassis has some room to go wider than the factory setup without additional modifications. However, when it comes to maximizing the potential of your chassis, you’ve gotta pay to play. This means that in order to run wheels and tires that are far wider than stock, you will almost certainly need to make some additional adjustments.. There are three main types of rubbing that can happen when pushing the limits of tire width.
|Type of Rubbing
(In Order of Preference)
|Fender arch rubbing - The outer shoulder of the tire rubs the inside of the fender arch sheet metal.
|Fender liner rubbing - The outer shoulder of the front tires rub the front plastic fender liners while making full-lock turns.
|Suspension rubbing - The inside shoulder of the front tires (or the lip of the wheel itself) rubs the front suspension components, which can prevent mounting the wheel at all.