the car that both jamey and nate(trog ) are talking about is joe's celica. He has 17x8 rims with a 35 mm offset. You can fit up to a 235/45/17 tire on a 8 inch wide rim wiht absolutely no probs. the reason he scraped was a combination of a panic stop and a pothole. under normal driving and racing it will not be a issue.
I understand now. The combination of 35 mm offset and 17X8 rim puts his tire close to the Fender
. Does not give him much room for error.
In my case with 40mm offset and a 17X7 rim I should never have any scraping problems.
Thanks for clearing the issue. I was all concerned.