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Old 12-22-2006, 12:05 AM   #1
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So, here is a simple DIY for those who's tires only rub a little bit

This DIY will help reduce or eliminate rubbing, depending on how bad you're rubbing in the front. The nice thing about this is that it's completely reversible, and doesn't require any cutting.

So, just look near the top the fenderliner. you'll see something like this:



Tools i used:
-1/4" socket wrench
-1/4" socket
-torx t-20 bit
-cutting plier

You can use any thing with a t-20 bit, but i found this to be easiest for me.


-Unbolt the screw
-Tuck the plastic behind the metal tab. You will have to use some force to do this.
-Use the cutting pliers, and lightly grip around the screw retainer in order to pull it out.


The removed pieces should look like this:



And here is what the fender should look like after you're done:


Now, if you're still rubbing after doing this, then try this:

http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2514372
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:06 AM   #2
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i did the same. completely got rid of it, crazy what not even 3mm of clearance can do to rubbage.
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:20 AM   #3
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forgot to add...you might need to use a jack to jack up the car in order to get to the bolt, depending on how low you are.
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:58 AM   #4
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great info
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:19 PM   #5
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This is exactly what i needed!!

Im on coilovers lowered around 40mm, with rubbing as soon as i thought about driving quickly! Did this fix and was able to lower my car a further 20mm and I havnt rubbed once since!!

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Old 05-31-2007, 12:24 PM   #6
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:29 PM   #7
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:46 PM   #8
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do we have this screw in the rear?
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:42 PM   #9
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do we have this screw in the rear?
nope.
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Old 11-03-2007, 07:24 PM   #10
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ok i see where you put the plastic fender well above the metal flap, did you bend it further up and did you reassemble it back the screw and screw retainer?

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Old 11-04-2007, 01:59 AM   #11
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i just pushed the plastic fender liner above the metal tab. i didn't bend it further up. i didn't reinstall the screw and screw retainer.
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:28 PM   #12
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cool thanks, cause i am rubbing a little as well. i will do this tomorrow!
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:05 PM   #13
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Darn, I may still rub even with putting the plastic up there because I've already moved the screws and just kept the plastic there, and I know I rubbed on the plastic yesterday during hard cornering. I have the Sport Cupkit (2.2 F) with 18x8 rims ET45 and 225/45 tires, so I'm sure that's part of the culprit. And I don't feel like cutting anything, nor do I want it rubbing on the metal part, so I'll probably just deal with the really minor rubbing (only on hard cornering and big dips).
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:32 PM   #14
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well, you can try to fold the lip, but be careful as doing so can cause paint cracking if not done correctly.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:43 PM   #15
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well, you can try to fold the lip, but be careful as doing so can cause paint cracking if not done correctly.
Yeah, I was thinking about that, but I may as well deal with the rubbing because paint cracking is 10x worse than rubbing only on hard cornering or big dips. And I don't think I'm going to rub on 16x6.5" steelies with 215/55/16 winter tires. Yeah, I know 205/55 is preferred, but my sister sold her Grand Prix and it had 215/55's winter tires on it, so I figure the extra cm isn't going to hurt for 4 months or so.
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Old 05-11-2008, 10:29 PM   #16
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im doing this tomorrow as well! Im on FK's now <3
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:54 AM   #17
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Monster bump for all the scrubbers.
Did this simple fender screw mod on the weekend. (common name added to help people search for this thread!)
It is significantly easier if the plastic is warm, as I discovered with my car parked on the front lawn half in the sun, half in the shade :)
No longer scrubbing on my KW V3 (lowered 22mm).

Thank you, kind Modérateur.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:24 PM   #18
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To avoid paint cracking, heat the area where you are going to bend with a heat gun... like the window tinters use. When the paint's warm, it's flexible, and will not crack. Don't burn the clearcoat by keeping it on the spot to long though.

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Old 10-07-2008, 03:55 AM   #19
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F!!! i think i stripped my bolts cuz i keep turning and nothing happens. sigh.
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:48 PM   #20
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just wanted to bump this thread a bit and give some thanks!

got some coilovers on friday, and instantly noticed rubbing from what sounded like the part of the wheelwell described in this thread. 15 minutes later and no rubbing since!

thanks!
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:01 AM   #21
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So i did the screw mod today, and wanted to know are you meant to push the plastic bit above the flat metal part (where the screw goes in) or leave the plastic sitting as is..?

Or do you pull the plastic lining out of the wheel arch all together? Haven't gone for a proper drive yet but assume the tyre would rub on the plastic instead which may wear out..
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So i did the screw mod today, and wanted to know are you meant to push the plastic bit above the flat metal part

Yes.
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