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so basically i bought some MG ZR 17inch straights but on full lock they rub on the body in the back corner of the wheel arches. the wheels are 205 55 R17 whitch as far as am awair aint standerd standerd in 205 45 R17 i beleve. So yeah anyone else been in this sutiation and what do you think just grind some of the frame away and tidy it up and stone chip it ? what we thinkin thanks. ps heres an example of where i mean below.

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I would suggest to change tyres to what they suppose to be. Grinding down the frame will destabilise the whole structure of the car and if I would be a MoT tester I would fail such car.
 

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I would suggest to change tyres to what they suppose to be. Grinding down the frame will destabilise the whole structure of the car and if I would be a MoT tester I would fail such car.
nevermind i mistok the tires for 55s from an ebay listing rather then goin n looking at the wheels i looked at the wrong tires i bought for it whitch were for another car n turns out i am runnin the standerd wheels there just rubbing for some reason
 

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nevermind i mistok the tires for 55s from an ebay listing rather then goin n looking at the wheels i looked at the wrong tires i bought for it whitch were for another car n turns out i am runnin the standerd wheels there just rubbing for some reason
the cars that had 17's from the factory had defectors on the steering rack to stop it hitting, youll need to fit those, or just not use full lock
 

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The 17 will rub slightly on a 25 even if you have the correct 205/45/17 tyres - the ZR steering rack had restrictors to reduce the steering travel to prevent rubbage, which is why the ZR has such a poor turning circle.

You could replace your rack with one from a ZR, or alternatively make and fit a smooth wear plate to the area of the arch that the tyre rubs on to alleviate any damage to the tyre - you will need to do this to pass an MOT test as any signs of a tyre fouling a part of the vehicle and resulting in wear/damage to the tyre will be a fail (Major).

The MOT inspection manual has this to say in regard to tyre to body contact and the use of a lock stop/wear plate:
Evidence of a tyre contacting a part of the vehicle, such as due to tyre flexing or suspension movement, is not considered to be a defect. A vehicle should only be rejected if the tyre is fouling a part of the vehicle at the time of test.

Some vehicles have lock stops comprising rubbing pads on the body that the front tyres may contact on a full lock. These are acceptable if they are properly maintained so that they do not damage the tyres.
 
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