bought the cobra rims from scp 17 x9 and they are rubbing the spindle where the arch is that connects at the balljoint, its rubbing on the rim where the balance weight would be . anyone else bought these rims ? and had this problem.
When I put my 17x9s on, there were a few threads running around about this. (don't look, it was several years ago... )
In some cases some grinding may be needed. I believe I ground off less than 1/16 of an inch. Nowhere near enough to weaken the arm, but enough to allow rotation of the wheel with no contact.
If I recall, because of the tolerences in the suspension itself, some people rub, some don't. Spacers could be overkill in this case. How bad is the grinding?
My 17x9 Bullitts that I got from CWM rubbed as well. They did fine on my 89 which had a different shaped spindle, BUT when I converted it to the newer spindle so I could upgrade the brakes, I had to run spacers on both cars. I wasn't happy, since like you said, they should be the correct backspacing for the car. The spacers are a pain and I had to sit and look at my car with :gasp" factory painted wheels for an additional 4 days while I waited for spacers from Ebay since I couldn't source them locally.
3mm spacer, no big deal, I still have 8+ full threads for the lug nuts, but is sucks to pay a premium for a custom set of rims that are supposed to just work.
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