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Old 04-20-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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Front Tire Rub

I recently bought a Golf R with a full APR stage 2, lowered on VWR street sport coilovers. It is not a huge drop but I can't say how much as I am not sure what the stock hight is. The rims / tires are 19x8.5 ET45 with 235/35s. From what I have been able to tell, this fitment is tight but probably should work. However, while the prior owner did remove the fender screw, the tab is still in place. The tires are rubbing on the tab (see picture) and has damaged the tire. I have seen it said to simply push the tab up but I am not sure that will be enough. Has anyone actually cut our the tab. Is there any issue with that assuming you do it carefully.

A couple questions:

Does anyone know the stock ride hight, presumably from the center of the hub to the wheel arch.

I am not sure if there is a spacer on the hub as well. In the picture attached there is a seam followed by a 15mm section. As I haven't been able to find any pictures on the net, I'm not sure if this is just the stock hub or not. I figured I'd ask.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:04 AM   #2
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it's kinda hard to tell from the pictures maybe try taking some further out for reference. my brothe has a 12' R but he's stationed in NC otherwise i'd measure for you
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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just get a grinder and shave it off. at the tap. or roll your fenders.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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I'm running 18x8 ET45 with 235/40/18 and no rubbing on VWR Springs.

I did however have 19x8.5 with 225/35/19 and stock springs and did NOT rub, so the combo you have going on is pushing it. Change the wheels and/or tires to avoid rubbing, simple as that.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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Get some smaller wheels..18x8 or 8.5 et45 and go with 225 tires. No sense in having a stage II R that you can't rip through corners with!
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:57 PM   #6
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I recently bought a Golf R with a full APR stage 2, lowered on VWR street sport coilovers. It is not a huge drop but I can't say how much as I am not sure what the stock hight is. The rims / tires are 19x8.5 ET45 with 235/35s. From what I have been able to tell, this fitment is tight but probably should work. However, while the prior owner did remove the fender screw, the tab is still in place. The tires are rubbing on the tab (see picture) and has damaged the tire. I have seen it said to simply push the tab up but I am not sure that will be enough. Has anyone actually cut our the tab. Is there any issue with that assuming you do it carefully.

A couple questions:

Does anyone know the stock ride hight, presumably from the center of the hub to the wheel arch.

I am not sure if there is a spacer on the hub as well. In the picture attached there is a seam followed by a 15mm section. As I haven't been able to find any pictures on the net, I'm not sure if this is just the stock hub or not. I figured I'd ask.
The fitment you describe is very aggressive compared to stock, and I'm not surprised that you have rubbing issues even after doing the fender screw mod. I'm not sure how you got the impression that it would work without rubbing. For reference, I had very slight rubbing on the fender screw with 19x8.5 ET47 wheels (2 mm less aggressive than your setup) with the same size tires and the OEM Euro R springs (much less of a drop than the VWR springs). I did the fender screw mod, and no more rubbing.

That tab is what holds up the fender liner after you remove the screw (you tuck the liner in up above that tab), so even if you cut the tab off, you'll still rub. It'll just hit the liner instead. Plus, if you cut the tab off, unless you do it right, it'll leave a very sharp edge, which will really jack your tire if it rubs. On top of that, if you ever want to return it to stock, you'll have to replace that whole fender. Long story short, you might as well just roll your fender. Or more simply, you could go to a narrower tire.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:38 AM   #7
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i have the same issues although i have KW V3.
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