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Will Bilstien HD & IE stage 1 springs help with Tire rub?

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I have bilstein rear shocks, but do not know if strut inserts and front springs are OEM.

Tires rub on fast corners, bumps. Other than that the suspension is stiff but good for everyday drives.

Im thinking of buying B6 Bilstien strut inserts + IE stage 1 springs.

Im thinking the stage 2 springs would be too stiff for street

Would like to hear thoughts, comments or advice.

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17 hours ago, 3rd02 said:

15" wheels, 195 75/15 Yokies

Thats not enough info, what brand of wheels and what offset?

Confirm that tire size

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76 2002 Survivor

71 2002 Franzi

85 318i  Doris

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195/75-15 is part of the problem. Consensus tire size among the 02 crowd for a 15" wheel is a 195/50-15 or 195/55-15. The other potential part of your rubbing problem is the wheel offset.  We need to know your wheel specs. Spend some time in this thread to learn more. 


74 tii (many mods)
91 318i M42

07 4Runner

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My wheels are Rota RB 5x7 

Offset = 30

I had to install 1/4" spacers to get the wheel to fit over the hubs...even though the sales guy said they install these on 2002's all the time.

so I guess you are all saying that new springs/struts (non-racing) will not help if the tire is flush with the outer edge of the lip of the fender, and I should either:

1- use 14' wheels/tires

2- find a 15" wheel with a smaller offset that will bring the tires inboard

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Those 1/4” spacers (1/4” = 6.4mm) convert your 30mm offset to 23.6mm. But what was hitting that you needed the spacers? Are your rims’ center bores possibly too small for an ‘02? An ‘02 requires a center bore of at least 57.1mm.






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1976 2002 Polaris, 2742541 (original owner)

1973 2002tii Inka, 2762757 (not-the-original owner)

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