a post I made on vwfixx, hope it is all 100%
My tires are rubbing, what is causing this?
1) Tire rubbing comes in different forms.
a) rubbing on the inner wheel well or endcap or trans
b ) Rubbing on the outside edge of the fender
2) In reference to a), tire rubbing on the inside of the rim, such as on the endcap of the transmission, can be solved by spacing the wheels out slightly. For light rubbing, only a couple MM's should be necessary. For heavier rubbing, wider spacers or different offset wheels are necessary.
3) In reference to b ) Tire rubbing on the outside wheel well means that the wheels or tires are too tall or too close to the fender, or both. Many times, a slightly narrower tire can remedy this problem, such as going to a 195/50 as opposed to a 205/50. If major rubbing on the fender occurs, either the fenders will have to be rolled (mild), Pulled(moderate) or Flared (major)
4) In reference to c), The wheel is most likely too wide, or the car is lowered too much. Fixing this will require wheel spacing to correct the inner rubbing and fender modification to fix the outer rubbing.