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They're 17s - but quite why this makes a difference - is the circumference of the wheel not the same?

How does the offset or new bushes help?

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if its anything like the other cars ive had you can take off the arch and file down the inner up turned lip.

If its catching on the inside of the wheel thats another story but i cant see how it will be.

If i were you id consider some new bushes for the car as you have 18's by the looks of it, you will be suprised at the differance it makes. their not cheap though.
 

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sounds about right, If the part where the wheel connects to your hub is further in or further out it will conflict with the body work.

Its very important to get that right, but if you went to a good dealer to get them you should be ok, but check that.

The bushes will stiffen up the ride of the car and prevent as much movement on the new softer springs. at the moment as you have lowered the car the bushes are not always in contact or under stress, (a bush is a rubber shocker).
 

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wibbly said:
Read here about wheel offset

Mini wheel offset should be between 40mm - 45mm I think

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/offset.htm
Hmmm, perhaps this is the problem, but the original enquiry went through a Mini Specialist advertising these wheels on their site... who obviously confirmed that they're fine for a Mini! Presumably this is the problem. Perhaps I will shortly have a set of Eibachs for sale. :(
 

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wibbly said:
My wheels are 45mm offset and 17" and still catch over bumps when 'pressing on' :eek:

Then again, my eibach lowered car looks bloody low by comparison to anything else I've seen :eek:

Will be interesting to see yoursnext week Pete and compare ;)

http://www.mini2.com/gallery/personal/picture42350.html
Indeed! It would be crap to have to take them off, but the scraping, however slight, is annoying. Plus I cannot quite cane it as much as I'd like. Bah. :(

Ironically, my biggest worry was catching speed bumps - of which there are several on the way to work, and this is fine!
 

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wibbly said:
What is the offset of your wheels Pete do you know????

Cos mine catches as well on 17's :eek:
Initial web search indicates the offset of these is low. Why would a Mini specialist be advertising these if they don't fit properly? :(

EDIT - TSW website indicates these come in different offsets. Will have to check with the people who fitted them.
 

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Yeah what i would do is got to the supplier and say " look these catch, a friend has the same on his mini and thay dont catch " they will check the offset then.

They could have given you the wrong ones!! and they should change them in that case.
 

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Pete

According to the TSW USA site, the offset of the Reflex is 40 which means they are ok for a MINI. Not sure where to go next in relation to answering your problems on stopping the rubbing, perhaps look in the wheel and tyres section.........:(

Must be an answer somewhere ;)
 

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The guys have just called me ref something else, and the offset of these was 40. I'm on The pirelli runflats (obviously, the profile of the tyre could make a slight difference) - surely this should be OK?

Anyone?

EDIT - oops, Wibbly and I researching at the same time there. Anyway, very odd the the 40s catch.

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Mine seem to have settled down & with no rubbing ;)

I'm also still on pirelli runflats, so not sure why you're having probs :confused:
 

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Have now had a conversation with people who fitted the springs and Eibach UK. Eibach are extremely helpful. They guess that because the rubbing is only marginal, that the tolerances on the Mini, wheels and Eibachs have (very unfortunately and unluckily) conspired to make the wheels just catch the guard under the arches. They suggested having the arches rolled (basically, pulled out the way).

A quick trip to a local body shop, and the guy confirms that is is the guard underneath the arch catching the tyres only slightly, and the they could heat the plastic and mould it out the way, but it would eventually come back to its original shape. He says that it will only rub the tyre slightly, might wear away the guard eventually, but won't do serious damage and could just leave it!!

I'm not sure, might have the original springs put back on, might leave as is.

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Well like i origionaly said if you look at my old car the corsa in my gallery i just cut the lip off!

glad its nothing terminal anyway.
 

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Cant understand the Eibach springs rubbing problem, I have 18" rims with no troubles at all, the front vallance however does scrape the dreaded road humps...
 

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rasp said:
Cant understand the Eibach springs rubbing problem, I have 18" rims with no troubles at all, the front vallance however does scrape the dreaded road humps...
Size of rims doesn't matter - it's the circumference of the wheel that makes a difference. I might be on 17's, but the circumference of the tyre is the same, just you have lower profile rubber. :)

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TT_Convert said:
Size of rims doesn't matter - it's the circumference of the wheel that makes a difference. I might be on 17's, but the circumference of the tyre is the same, just you have lower profile rubber. :)

Pete
What about if they wer 7.5J in width and I think you will find the 18" rims with 35 profile tyres are slightly bigger in circumfrence than the stock 17" with 45 profile tyres
 
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