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Old 10-16-2017, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default Tire rubbing strut when braking

I swapped the 15" alloys from my sl2 to my sc1 before I sold the sl2 for cheap.

Now the tire is rubbing on the front driver's side strut only while braking.

I've tried pumping the tire all the way up, and adjusted the camber as much as I could, seemed to make a difference for a few miles then it starts happening again.

What the heck is going on? Frustrated because of course I'm trying to "upgrade" the sc1 and end up causing problems!
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tire rubbing strut when braking

What tire size are you running? I have 15" steel wheels on my SC1 with 195/60R-15 tires and never had a rubbing issue.

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Old 10-16-2017, 05:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tire rubbing strut when braking

185 65 15 on alloys. Never any problems when they were on the sl2

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Old 10-17-2017, 12:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: Tire rubbing strut when braking

If camber is correct then it's time to put a straightedge on the strut and knuckle. If what's bent isn't obvious then compare everything to the other side.

I've seen different size/length control arms...if the "bad" side has been replaced it's possible it got a short part and somehow the issue didn't show up with the 175/70R14 tires.

Stock S-Series parts don't cause problems on Stock S-Series unless the stock S-Series is broken...lol

My 1st S-Series, a '97 SC1 came with 185/65R15's on alloy wheels from the factory.

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Old 10-18-2017, 04:53 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tire rubbing strut when braking

Thank you for the reply, I guess I'll have to take it apart and inspect a little more carefully. Maybe I can slot the knuckle a little more?

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Old 10-18-2017, 07:24 PM   #6
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Default Re: Tire rubbing strut when braking

A well lit clear picture of the back side with the tire on would really help in this situation so we can help you further. There are camber/caster bolts you can buy, but I wouldn't try to slot the steering knuckle hole further if that's what you're talking about.

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Old 10-22-2017, 09:55 PM   #7
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If you have a tire rubbing strut problem, you should see shiny paint where the tire sidewall rubs and polishes the strut or shiny steel where paint was rubbed off. Do you see a spot on the strut or not? If not and there is no evidence of tire rubbing marks anywhere in the wheel well, you may be describing brake issues. Removing the wheel and inspecting calipers thoroughly for uneven wear of pads or lack of periodic brake maintenance may result in sticking caliper slide pins and other problems.

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