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OK, so I have purchased a 1" front lift from Aerogenics in order to level my E from the 1/2" spacers I already put on the rear. Long story short, I had my own spacers made at work and didn't realize that they'd raise the rear a full inch.

I am going to splurge this time and buy the tires I really want - the Michelin LTX Defender. I have always wanted a set, and have sorta cheaped out in the past. I'm used to having light truck tires AT on it in the stock size. ATs are noisy, and haven't lasted long for me.

I have read alot about tire sizes on the Element. I have RamblerDan's cheet sheet (thanks Dan!) Only problem is consolidating all the information that is out there.

It WAS my intent to do 225/75R16 (stock steelies) this time, but seem to be having trouble finding them in the Michelin LTX. Not sure why, maybe it's a popular size.

I have read that 225/75R16 fits without rubbing (unless it's a knobbier AT like BFG) and also 235/70R16.

How about 235/75R16? Does it rub on the shock tower or any other location?

Is it true that rubbing on the shock tower is the limiting factor to larger diameter tires?

Does it take wheel spacers to eliminate with stock steel wheels, and if so, how thick a spacer?

I know that 235/75R16 is a bit of a stretch. I think it would be cool, but I'm not positive that the lift kit is going to work for me either. I'd hate to decide to remove the lift and then have a set of tires I can't use.

But if I understand correctly, the mere 1" lift won't help the tire size situation. Seems to be limited by the shock tower.

Lastly, I bought one camber bolt for each side in front. Will that correct the camber for 1" lift, or do I need to have two camber bolts per side?

Thanks,

CM
 

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OK, so I have learned that for whatever reason, at least where I'm buying the Michelins, there are NO 225/75R16s. She could not find them in that size really at all, which sorta confirmed what I had found googling.

They have a few sets of 235/70R16s, so at this point I think it is the path of least resistance.

I will not have an opportunity to try them on my car. I have to buy them in a few days (before they are sold out), won't have my wheels back from paint for 2-3 weeks. Will swing by and have them installed on wheels on my way home (painter and tire place an hour from home)

So I guess that's sort of figured out, unless somebody has any information for me. I suppose that this is a far safer bet than going with 235/75R16 which is a pretty major change.

1" front lift is on the way, and I'll install the camber bolts at that time.

Does anybody know should the camber bolts go on the top or the bottom? Or, should I have gotten camber bolts for both top and botttom?

Thanks a bunch

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Can't help on the camber bolts but I ran the 235s on my Element and found only about 3/8" clearance in the front between the bottom of the spring plate on the strut and the rubber. I did notice as the camber changed on the rear there were some spots where the tire just barely rub the body on the inside. I never did see any damage to the tires. I ended up going back to the stock size with the Defender MS and I'm glad I did. The experiment with the 235s to get better mileage failed. The 215s work better for me.
 

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Colonel,
Regarding the camber bolts.
Normally you only need 1 per side, If your looking for more camber adjustment...you would run 2 per side.
 
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