Hope my new order will marry up well with the 17" GT alloys!
Thanks again for pics, I can really see the benefit visually, its a real improvement in my opinion. I wont be lowering my spider though, I need the clearance.
It's not the lowering
but the overall tyre/wheel width combination that causes clearance problems. Wheel J & Et all important, as is tyre profile + height.
If you lower, by 20 to 30mm, all you've done is use the first
20 to 30mm of suspension travel.....it's the last
bit of suspension travel(full compression) where the rubbing occurs...not the beginning. If you still use the original bumpstops then the wheel cannot travel any further than before. Many people fit wider wheels + lower at the same time & don't use any bumpstops(I like fitting the earlier TS type which are stronger & slightly shorter).
I recently fitted 235/35 19" 8J ET 35 with lowering springs(unknown but possibly -20 Autodelta?) to a V6 GTV with no clearance problems but I reverted to std because the springs, although looked like new, were 'knackered'.
It would also help if people posted what exact model they had as TSs have a narrower track than V6s so can have wider spacers/wheels/tyres etc fitted before rubbing occurs.
Depending on the wheel diameter, wider wheels' insides can rub on the spring pans.........the larger the diameter the less likely. It's normally only the rears that give problems, fronts just clearance on lock when fitting larger diameter wheels with slightly 'oversize' tyres.
If using the same ET then for each 1J (1" or 25mm) increase the wheel is wider inwards & outwards by approx 12.5mm. If using a different ET then you have to do the maths.
So please when asking include as many details as poss, then it's easier to try
& give the correct answer. Although it is a bit 'suck it & see' sometimes as not all tyres come out the same & you can stretch slightly narrower tyres to give more corner edge clearance.
I would fit the same spacers all round rather than just at the rear.