A quick follow-up on fitment.
I gently stretched out the centers of both front fenders that are at the top of the fender gap. Since both my fenders are slightly damaged from two separate fender-bender accidents, I did not care if I'd cause further damage. So, instead of some elaborate procedure (like fender rolling or the phone book method), I just pulled out with my hands and was able to get about 1/2" gentle arch outwards. It is barely noticeable and only if you new they were flat before.
That was enough to create the needed clearance in the front, no more rubbing.
Because the stretch was so minor, I think this could be done cleanly fairly easy, without damage to the paint. And the car still looks stock , not some wierd wide-fender street racer wannabe ...
Now, the front tires do seem to protrude slightly out from the bumper width, but other than this front view, no noticeable changes from stock in terms of wheel/tire width.