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So, here is a simple DIY for those who's tires only rub a little bit

dpham00

Modérateur Emeritus
Location
Los Angeles, CA
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
 

alf

Modwhoreator
Location
Houston, TX
Ride
2006 TR GTI
i did the same. completely got rid of it, crazy what not even 3mm of clearance can do to rubbage.
 

jonnyc

Newbie
Location
UK
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!!

Thanks!!

Jonny
 

Big Jerm

Autocross Newbie
Location
Tennessee
Ride
2006 GTI
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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dpham00

Modérateur Emeritus
Location
Los Angeles, CA
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.
 

g60_corrado_91

Go Kart Champion
Location
IL
Ride
2006 GTI 6MT Pkg 1
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).
 

g60_corrado_91

Go Kart Champion
Location
IL
Ride
2006 GTI 6MT Pkg 1
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.
 

tinto

bitch please
Location
Perth Australia
Ride
2009 Pirelli GTI
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.
 

oettingerperformance

Ready to race!
Location
Cypress, California
Ride
08 GTI Mkv
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.

My .02 cents.
 

lifeis11

Broke as a Joke
Location
South SF Bay, CA
just wanted to bump this thread a bit and give some thanks! :thumbsup:

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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