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ddenton749
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From: Kennett Square, PA, USA
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posted 09-03-2004 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddenton749   Click Here to Email ddenton749     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in the process of buying a '91 5.0 LX convertible. My first Fox, BTW. I'm going into this knowing it needs some TLC. One of the things I noticed is that the left front tire rubs the inner fender with the steering wheel turned all the way left. I just learned that these cars started coming with 16" wheels in '90 and the fenders had to be redesigned for the larger wheels.

http://www.mustangregistry.org/lx_90_92.htm

It's a one-owner car and I know the owners, and I know it was in a fender-bender a while back. Is it possible that the wrong fender (pre '90) was installed on the car and is causing the rubbing? Also, the fender doesn't line up well along the body lines.

Has anyone run across this before?

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'73 Convertible, 315C 2v
'91 LX Convertible 5.0

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wildfire466
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posted 09-04-2004 02:50 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey bro,
Ya know what with all of the aftermarket camber /caster plates out there I'd say this car my need that.

if the alignment is off then it could rub?

Last thought the wreck changed the shock towers. Maybe a trip too the alignment shop will help?

Les

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ddenton749
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posted 09-04-2004 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddenton749   Click Here to Email ddenton749     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Les,

Thanks for the reply. I drove the car and it seemed to track well. I think the alignment would have to be off A LOT to cause the tire to rub the inner fender.

I took another look at the car last night and it looks to me like it is more of a body repair hack-job. The seams on the LF don't line up anywhere, even the leading edge of the hood. That's why I suspect they put the pre-91 fender and inner fender on it. The body hack probably didn't know any better.

This winter she'll be sharing garage space with my '73. That's when I pull the fender and take a close look at the shock tower.

Does anyone know how much bigger the wheel opening is on the 91-93 fenders? Is it in the order of fractions of an inch? An inch or more?

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'73 Convertible, 351C 2V
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ddenton749
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posted 09-04-2004 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddenton749   Click Here to Email ddenton749     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I'm responding to my own post but I found the answer to this question on Corral Forums. It may be useful to others out there. Back in 2001 "Mr. Kelly" asked the question, "Are '91 fenders really wider than '90?"

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actually it's just the wheel opening that is bigger on the 91 and newer. 91 is when Ford put on 16" wheels and opened the fender a bit for clearance.
They are not wider. Just the 7-8-9:00 o'clock position on the drivers side wheel well is cut to a bigger opening. The pre-1991 is a symetric U-shape, the 91+ is wider at the bottom.
Ok, I've got a 90 gt and my bro has a 92. we checked this out a while back, and if I remember correctly, the width of his from where the plastic molding meets the wheel opening at the front and back of the wheelwell was either 1/2" or 5/8" larger than mine...
Just had a look at the part numbers on the Ford catalogue microfiche. 91-93 fenders and inner liners are different numbers than the earlier cars.

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