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Fitting zg flares on rear- determining flare height


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I am in the early stages of fitting my rear ZG flares on my 280z.  I have read through a lot of install threads, most of which have broken picture links.  My understanding is the best way to decide how high up to mount the flares is to remove the spring from my BC racing coilover to allow the shock to compress all the way to the bump stop.  

 

However, when I did that, I can only compress the shock up so far until the rear wheel/tire (275-50-r15) runs into the factory wheel arch.  There is still a ways to go before the bump stop bottoms out.  But it's extremely hard to measure the distance remaining.  It's a chicken-and-egg scenario.  I can't determine where to make my cut line until I can compress the wheel/tire all the way, but I can't do that without cutting the metal first.

 

I must be missing something, any thoughts?

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