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Control arm tire rub with stock tires.

Old 01-30-2019
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Control arm tire rub with stock tires.

Hey wondering if anyone can help. I have an 08 sport 4x4. Has a body lift from previous owner, looks like blocks in the back and maybe torsion bar crank front? My problem is I have my stock duratrac tires 255 70 16, with the stock ford rim and I realized that with the tire fully cranked left or right, it is rubbing right up against the control arm. Not sure what to do if anyone has experience with this.

This is where there is rubbing on the control arm.
Old 02-10-2019
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Looks like swaybar that is hitting the tire.
Old 02-12-2019
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^^^ +1 ^^^ yeah...that's the sway bar and it looks like it has beef with the tire

Has the truck had an alignment recently? Is your turning radius tighter on one side than the other?

The rack and pinion usually doesn't go THAT far unless someone changed/adjusted the tie rods. This side still looks like it hasn't been touched, though.

It's not going to hurt anything, but knowing it's rubbing might be a nuisance.

Another question...did you get new wheels?

Some get new wheels for their rigs without checking backspacing on them. If they buy a more positive offset, the wheel will be closer to suspension components, such as that sway bar.

A more negative offset ("deep dish" looking wheels), you'll have more room behind, but now the extended-outward tire/wheel assembly may come into contact with the fenderwell and/or bumper valance.

Didja get new rims from another year Ford? Maybe the previous owner?

I don't know offsets from year to year, but they may be different, but still Ford wheels.
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