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5b. Once it was there, we cycled the steering from left to right and checked to make sure the tire would clear the fender lip, inner fenderwell, and steering and suspension components (5b). We found that at this height, we'd have about 2 inches of upward suspension travel before the tire contacted the inner fenderwell, which could be increased by cutting out some of the sheetmetal. We also had over an inch of clearance between the tire sidewall and fender lip, so we adjusted the Mount Mate to move the tire outward, decreasing the amount of rim backspacing. We were able to determine that with our drop spindles, we needed 4-1/4 inches of backspacing for our 17x9 wheels and 275/50R17 Nitto NT450 tires to tuck with plenty of clearance. Checking the rear fitment was much easier since the wheel only moves up and down. In our case, the rear wheels would need the same amount of backspacing as well, which is good because that means we'll be able to easily rotate our tires and wheels for maximum tire life.