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Who else running 245s on coils?

H_Rice

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
North Texas
Car(s)
2017 Golf GTI Sport
Setup: RF03RR 18x8.5 et45, PSAS4S 245/40/18, St XTA Coilovers
Hello, need some tips on how y'all are running these. Had to raise the car ASAP after getting the new wheels/tires cus of bad rubbing, and as it sits now there's zero rubbing, but I need to go lower so bad. Basically sitting a bit lower than stock ride height. I've already done the fender screw mod but found it wasn't useful since it's rubbing at a different spot inside the fender. Hard to explain but it's like a long hump from the fender liner in the area where the bumper and fender meet. Worried that if I did try to go a good bit lower I'd end up jacking the bumper connection under the fender. So really what I'm wondering is if there's any other mods I should do like rolling fenders or maybe adjusting camber. Just not sure what would work with where its rubbing. Thanks
 

krs

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
Setup: RF03RR 18x8.5 et45, PSAS4S 245/40/18, St XTA Coilovers
Hello, need some tips on how y'all are running these. Had to raise the car ASAP after getting the new wheels/tires cus of bad rubbing, and as it sits now there's zero rubbing, but I need to go lower so bad. Basically sitting a bit lower than stock ride height. I've already done the fender screw mod but found it wasn't useful since it's rubbing at a different spot inside the fender. Hard to explain but it's like a long hump from the fender liner in the area where the bumper and fender meet. Worried that if I did try to go a good bit lower I'd end up jacking the bumper connection under the fender. So really what I'm wondering is if there's any other mods I should do like rolling fenders or maybe adjusting camber. Just not sure what would work with where its rubbing. Thanks

I’m on coilovers, and run 18x9 and 255’s.

What else do you have done?
 

H_Rice

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
North Texas
Car(s)
2017 Golf GTI Sport
I’m on coilovers, and run 18x9 and 255’s.

What else do you have done?
Nothing else suspension wise except for some aftermarket endlinks which wont effect nothin. Not sure how different the r is compared to the gti but what've you done to alleviate the rub.
 

manu97

Autocross Champion
Location
Chicago
Car(s)
MK7 R
Setup: RF03RR 18x8.5 et45, PSAS4S 245/40/18, St XTA Coilovers
Hello, need some tips on how y'all are running these. Had to raise the car ASAP after getting the new wheels/tires cus of bad rubbing, and as it sits now there's zero rubbing, but I need to go lower so bad. Basically sitting a bit lower than stock ride height. I've already done the fender screw mod but found it wasn't useful since it's rubbing at a different spot inside the fender. Hard to explain but it's like a long hump from the fender liner in the area where the bumper and fender meet. Worried that if I did try to go a good bit lower I'd end up jacking the bumper connection under the fender. So really what I'm wondering is if there's any other mods I should do like rolling fenders or maybe adjusting camber. Just not sure what would work with where its rubbing. Thanks
How much camber are you running on those coilovers?
I had them maxed out on camber (around -2.5 deg) and was running 17x9, 245/40R17. One finger between tire and fender, very rarely (if ever) rubbed.
 

GTI Jake

Autocross Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
245/35-18 on 18x8, B14 & SuperPro LCA.

The additional camber and caster make a big difference (although my camber is still minimal).
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Treadup

Autocross Champion
Location
SE NC
Car(s)
MK7.5 6MT GTI
I just purchased EuroSport street camber kit for my Bilstein B8/Neuspeed sport spring, fender screw mod equipped mk7. I recently purchased a new wheel and tire setup and run slightly on bumps. 18x9 +42 with Potenza sport 245/40.

I don’t have the kit installed yet but plan on doing so tomorrow. Will let you know how it works out for me.
 

mopar22

Autocross Newbie
Location
Michigan
Car(s)
16 GTI
Just let it wear through the liner in that area if its only on certain bumps and you can see where it's hitting. I could see where mine was hitting and it only happened on certain dips so i let it wear through slowly
 

krs

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
Nothing else suspension wise except for some aftermarket endlinks which wont effect nothin. Not sure how different the r is compared to the gti but what've you done to alleviate the rub.

You need some more negative camber.
 

clownish

just clowning around
Location
OH.
Car(s)
VWs
Start with removing the top fender screw and tuck the fender tab, if you haven't already. Add negative camber to your alignment. If still rubbing, consider rolling the fender lip (it sticks out @ a 90 degree) up and in. If still rubbing, consider rolling the fender up aka pulling it.

I run 245/34/18 Hankook RS-4s (they run wider) on 18x8.5 on a bilstien coilover set @ medium height. Had to get professionally refinished front fenders to entirely remove the fender lip, pulled the fender out to fit more rubber and repainted it to keep the OEM body line - no one visually inspects and notices anything until you touch the fender on the inside. THe liners i just sliced out about a half an inch all the way through to widen but retain - a lot of people just remove them at a certain height which Im not into.

Finally, recently, I just bought SRS tech fenders so that I can try to fit 265/35 or 45 tires with -2 camber, ideally. Supposedly they're an inch and a half wider than stock, which will be about double what I have now with my widened OEMs. Supposedly.
 
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H_Rice

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
North Texas
Car(s)
2017 Golf GTI Sport
Thanks everyone for the replies gives a lot of good insight. Will definitely adjust the camber sooner or later kind of a pita. Anyone here ever cut the strut towers for easy access?
 

scrllock

Autocross Champion
Location
MI
Thanks everyone for the replies gives a lot of good insight. Will definitely adjust the camber sooner or later kind of a pita. Anyone here ever cut the strut towers for easy access?
I'd only cut them if I had a rebound adjuster that interfered with the tower. Not sure how your plates work but mine are adjustable just by loosening the top nuts, moving the strut, and re-tightening.
 

manu97

Autocross Champion
Location
Chicago
Car(s)
MK7 R
I'd only cut them if I had a rebound adjuster that interfered with the tower. Not sure how your plates work but mine are adjustable just by loosening the top nuts, moving the strut, and re-tightening.
The XTAs will interfere.

I had XTAs, cut the towers, and maxed out camber. Cut with a 3in holesaw and it still hit once when driving. Granted, that was going from a grooved/cut road surface to the 2-3 inch higher normal road surface at 45-50 mph.
 

H_Rice

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
North Texas
Car(s)
2017 Golf GTI Sport
Alright, went ahead today and cut the strut towers. Went somewhat smoothly just took a while. Was able to adjust the camber close to max, couldn't quite reach the bolt when fully maxed out. Tomorrow I plan on adjusting the height on all four corners to hopefully get settled at a good height. We'll see what the rubbing situation is like.
 

H_Rice

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
North Texas
Car(s)
2017 Golf GTI Sport
Was finally able to adjust the coils and the car is sitting at a good spot now. The car could come down a bit more, especially in the rear, but happy with the results regardless. Didn’t get any rubbing while driving just at full steering lock which isn’t a big deal at all. Want to thank everyone for the replies it genuinely helped me out, here’s a pic.
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