Using bigger tires and wheels but the struts are in the way. (Off road car) Any ideas?

I am planning on converting a 91 Dodge Colt in to a sort of semi sand car to off road in the desert around my area. The original wheels were 13s which I replaced with 15s. The next step was going to be getting larger off road tires for the new 15 x 8 rims. Like a fool I never really thought about the struts being in the way (Fenders are not a problem since I am removing them). Right now with lower profile street tires on the rims I have about an inch of clearance between the strut and tire and fitting larger tires on is not going to be possible. Do you have any advice? Would it be possible to swap out the struts for longer struts off of a different model car? A conversion to a different suspension type? (The struts on there probably wont hold up to too much of a beating anyways.)

Car details (Dodge Colt, 1.5 Litre, Front wheel drive, 4 speed manual tranny.)

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4 Responses to Using bigger tires and wheels but the struts are in the way. (Off road car) Any ideas?

  1. Richie Rich May 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    I would look into aftermarket coil-overs, such as Tein's. With the aftermarket coil-overs, you will get a narrower spring/strut assembly. Hopefully you can find someone who makes a set-up for your application.
    You can also check into using Ground Controls (coil-over set-up using existing strut, but narrower modified unit.)

  2. williams36541 May 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    you can get longer struts but then again you still might have a problem…worth a try

  3. Lab May 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Are you nuts? A Colt with no fenders and 15" rims? Best get a spacer for the hub and don't try to fit other struts on. I still think your nuts!

  4. mttkd May 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Check into different wheels. Some other type of wheels may have a different offset. Meaning the portion of the wheel that bolts to the car may be in a different area letting the wheel stick out away from the strut more.