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    Default Nearside Rear Tyre rubbing against Arch liner / Exhaust.

    I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem before.

    At the mo, I have some slightly oversized tyres on my rear wheels (we're talking 255/45/18's here), they were on my alloys when i bought them though i will be looking to replace them very soon...

    Now, 90% my car is fine BUT when I have weight in the back, normally people, the rear nearside tyre makes a scraping noise if i hit a bump or go over a speedbump too quick etc...

    Now, upon inspection, I've noticed the the arch liner sit very close to the wheel on that side (only about an inch of clearance here) but on the offiside there's at about two... Is this the asymmetrical clearance the same on other Vecs?

    And if you have had this problem, did it fix itself when you put smaller tyres on it (im going for 235/40/18's)? Or is there another underlying issue here?

    As I've said, the wheel liner is causing extensive wear on the tyre and where it hits the exhaust from time to time its causing some horrendous damage!

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Mike

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    Bodywork and tyre contact is your issue, and as you have pointed out the oversize tyres are the issue
    There is only one solution to this, and that is to replace these with the correct tyres

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    Hi, I had an issue with my nearside rear wheel arch liner rubbing against the tyre and hitting the exhaust occasionally (particularly over bumps).
    It was because the exhaust had been pushed back against the liner and bent by a few inches after someone had bumped into the back of the car and I guess its also easy to occur if you reverse back into something that pushes against the exhaust.
    Check to see if the exhaust mounting rubbers line up easily with those on the body as mine appeared very stretched.
    To fix it a local exhaust centre heated the exhaust pipe up with an oxyacetylene welding torch and bent it back to the correct shape and I have had no issues since. From what I remember the clearance between the liner and wheel should be about the same on both sides.
    Hope this helps.

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    Yeah, I'm think the mounts are slightly distorted.

    I'm quite sure my motor has had an accident on that side, reason for thinking is that when i bought it i saw some evidence the left hand of the boot had been resprayed and the left hand clip on the bumper is broken.

    New tyres before the MOT and I'll see how I go from there.

    Ta for your help

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    Quite often the exhaust shields come loose, simply due to poorly designed parts by VX
    Therefore remove the nuts, insert a larger washer, and refit the nut

    I've measured the distance between the back of the tyre and bodywork
    Both sides are identical on my car, nothing assymetric about it

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    You probably have a broken spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byebyeitsagsi View Post
    You probably have a broken spring.
    Was the tyres. Not had a scrape since the falkens went on. Passed mot, no sign of a broken spring, though the mot did show up a 'slightly deteriorated' rear nearside spring. Means it has rust on it lol :-D

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