Re: Aluminess rear tire mount direction
Having contact between the tire and the swing arm provides extra stability for the tire and spreads out the stresses on the swingarm. When I bought my van, I thought there was a bit too much compression, too. I contacted Aluminess. Dave confirmed that tire contact is the goal, and they sent a spacer to go between the swingarm and the plate with the three bolts. Cost was very reasonable. I still have contact between the swingarm tubing and the tire in a couple of places, but it's just enough to keep everything nice and snug.
2002 E350 EB - Voyager top - 7.3 - Quigley 4WD