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Can anyone with a late model 146 (fully painted bumpers), running on 195/55R15s get some photos/measurements showing how far from the rear wheel the back bumper is?

A previous repair seems a little inaccurate, my wheels catch the arches with load in the back.

Thanks in advance,
Biggles.
 

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The bumper does actually sit quite close to the wheel as when it rises it actually goes forwards slightly, my wheels also rub when heavily loaded and hiting a heavy bump.
 

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The bumper does actually sit quite close to the wheel as when it rises it actually goes forwards slightly, my wheels also rub when heavily loaded and hiting a heavy bump.
Agreed.....mind u not had any heavy loads in the back but can vouch for wheels looking close to bumper.....:D
 
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My car always rubs with the stereo and if peopel sit in it it's on the deck.
 

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It's all about tolerances...
The guy making your car bodywork that day had a +/- tolerance to hit, as did the tyre guy.
Everything going to the - on the tolerance would allow a little more tyre, everything going to the + means less tyre :(

Using tyre calculator from here
I have 205/40R17s which are ~596mm diameter. I get some rubbing with a load in the back and going over bumps.
The original wheels, 205/50R15s are ~586mm and are perfect - that few mm makes all the difference on my car...
Once I get the tyres worn enough I suspect I'll see the rubbing disappear on the 17s

Your tyres are same as my 17s -> 596mm. So on my car they would definitely rub - but maybe not on yours.
If your worried about it you could drop to 195/50s
 

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Mine only rubs with load in the back (unless I really come down hard on a B road).

Only seems to rub on the off side wheel tho, and it has had a slight shunt up the back, I didn't think the bumper was in the right place, but it seems about right by what everyone else is saying.
 
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