I swapped my SS rims with 275/40s onto my Caprice. I've been told that they'd fit just fine. Well, they don't. I had to do quite a bit of work and they still rub on occasion. I pulled the chrome trim from the rear wheelwell. That looks much better [img]smile.gif[/img] But they still won't fit. I rolled the lip in as much as I could. Now they fit (within a half inch or less, and they rub. I've still got the stock suspension. I did have to replace the axle a few years ago and I don't know what this axle came out of. It did have the same small drum brakes on it though. I'm sure the 100k+ miles has worn down the FE1 "soft ride" suspension even more. It only rubs occasionally. But the ride difference is HUGE! These tires follow the road MUCH more than my 215/75 R15s. And the short sidewall and heavy rims feel like steamrollers. I was NOT expecting this! I have GOT to get some better control arms on it and it definitely needs new shocks. I put some others on a few years ago, but sheesh!
I've also noticed that it seems to rub more toward the rear of the fenderwell. So I STRONGLY urge others with the skirted fenders to NOT put the extended control arms on. It would only make things worse. In fact, I'm considering shortening mine. I can imagine a few benefits to this. Slightly better weight distribution (more weight on rear wheels), less arm to flex, more clearance around the rear fender, etc... Might even have to relocated some of the mounting points. hmmmm.....
time to research!
Well, I just wanted other civi skirted-Caprice owners to hear this. If you're got the same or a similar combination as I do, then be careful!