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    Tire bumps wheel well on spit mk3

    I just bought a 1968 spitfire & the previous owner replaced shocks and springs. When I hit big bumps the tire rubs the wheel well. Car has wire knock offs so I don't think it's due to over sized tires. I'm thinking about adding a spacer on the shock to shorten the travel. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Thanks!

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    Re: Tire bumps wheel well on spit mk3

    What part of the wheel well is the tire rubbing? I don't think a spacer will help; rather, it would only change the ride height a bit but probably wouldn't make enough of a change in geometry or travel. (This is in front, correct?)
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    Re: Tire bumps wheel well on spit mk3

    The outer edge of the tire hits the top center edge of front wheel well. Only when I hit a bump that compltely compresses the shock

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    Re: Tire bumps wheel well on spit mk3


    Are these factory wire wheels or something aftermarket? Also you say the PO changed the springs, could be he dropped the front lower.
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    Re: Tire bumps wheel well on spit mk3

    YI'm not sure if they are afterml carket. I think I will need to consult with some local club guys so they can see what's going on.

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    Re: Tire bumps wheel well on spit mk3

    If it touches over a bump I would expect there would be a visible problem with ride height, i.e. low at the front.
    Springs hold the car up, not shocks- see if you can see if the coils have been cut, or remove a spring and check the free height against the specification.
    Using spacers is a makeshift solution.

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