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I have a 2003 996 C2, I bought it with Eibach springs 7213.002 (couldn’t fins the exact lowering rate but I think its 1” F/R).

The car has 19 champion rims and I just installed Michelin Pilot sports 295/30/19 in the rear and now every time I hit a small bump or entering a drive way the tires rub.

I had Dunlops 285/30/19 before and never had this issue.

My option are to go back to OEM springs, will it resolve the rubbing? I don't mid the ride height as long as its not rubbing.

Are there any other solutions out there?

Thank you,


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Check your wheel offsets.

19x10 offset 36

I believe your offset is wrong. For the rears, I think the correct offset is 65.

the site shows only 19x11 for the 996 with 68 offset, I looked at the Cayman 19x10 offset and its 36.

so what do i need to do? is there a way to change the offset?

will OEM springs make the ride high enough to avoid the rubbing?

BTW, the rubbing is in the inside of the wheels and very little on the outside.

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Well, yeah, a Cayman is is not a 996. The rims are wrong, way too far to the outside the wheel well. The correct rear offset is 65....I know it's 50 for the fronts (narrow body C2)....Dharn is right..offset in the wrong direction....I'm surprised they fit at all.

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Spacers WILL NOT HELP!!! The higher the offset number the farther in the wheel is, so your wheels at 36 vs the standard 10" wheel at 65 are much to far out, and you have 11" wheels. Adding spacers will decrease the offset, moving the wheels farther out and make the problem worse. Sorry but the only real solution is to replace the wheels.

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I rolled my fenders when I had a set of 10x18 w a 48 offset, running 265/40/18's and they still would rub. With a 36 offset, 19' wheels that are 11" wide rolling the fenders won't fix the problem. I know that some are running a 48 offset with a 265/3518 or 275/30/18 and say it works. Maybe even a 19" wheel, but no way with an 11x19 wheel with a 36 offset.

Try this site http://marksink.com/tire_wheel_offset/offset.html

it has an offset calculator that shows you are moving the wheels out 42MM.

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My wheels are 19x10 and I guess spacers will not work in this case since the outer lip also rubs.

But anyone has an idea about the OEM springs; will it help to go back to OEM?

It will increase my ride by 1"

It’s about $1000 to install them and I want to make sure before I spend the cash...

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