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Old 02-09-2007, 01:55 PM
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How close can the steering arm be to rim ?

I want to use a 17x7 front rim on the 32 but with the stock back spacing ( 4") the rim is like 1/4" away from the steering arm .. See pic ... Do i need more clearance ? a custom BS will cost me 60 more a rim ... Or can I use a spacer ?
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If it doesn't touch, it is OK. If the rim tags a curb big time you might touch but it won't matter 'cause the tire and wheel are toast anyhow.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:32 PM
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It will be OK...the brake line fitting on my Silverado is that close.
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!/4 inch would be fine. Maybe its just me but from your pics it looks like it is a lot closer than 1/4.
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I want to use a 17x7 front rim on the 32 but with the stock back spacing ( 4") the rim is like 1/4" away from the steering arm .. See pic ... Do i need more clearance ? a custom BS will cost me 60 more a rim ... Or can I use a spacer ?
Personally I would't trust anything closer than 1/2" and even that's a bit too close. Do it right and spend the extra $$ to get rims with proper backspacing to correct your problem. SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY!!!
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:03 AM
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OK , it is only the one side ( PS ) Would it be noticeable if a got 1 rim with a 3" BS and the other side stock at 4" BS ? Is a spacer for the one side a option ?

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Personally I would't trust anything closer than 1/2" and even that's a bit too close. Do it right and spend the extra $$ to get rims with proper backspacing to correct your problem. SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY!!!
If you will look at the GM full size pick-ups from 99 through 2007 you will see that the brake line fitting to the caliper on the front is only a quarter of an inch from the rim. I guess GM does not know what they are doing, but I have been driving my truck for seven years now without any problem.
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If you will look at the GM full size pick-ups from 99 through 2007 you will see that the brake line fitting to the caliper on the front is only a quarter of an inch from the rim. I guess GM does not know what they are doing, but I have been driving my truck for seven years now without any problem.
Brake line is one thing but the steering arm is quite different. When it's that close one pot hole resulting in a minor dent in the rim can ruin your whole day, and then some.
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Buy a thin spacer, make threaded bolt holes in the rotor an bolt the spacer to the rotor. This is a simple and cheap but not an unsafe solution as long as you have long enough wheel bolts.

Fasten the spacer like this makes sure the spacer don't bend or grind on the wheel bolts when you'er driving
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If it doesn't rub during any suspension travel, it is fine.

If the wheel ever flexes 1/4 inch...... You have more serious problems to worry about when that happens.
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What do you think about putting a couple extra washers ~ 5 to move the steering arm away from the rim a total 1/2 " clearance ... If anyones rims flex more than a 1/2 " , there must be other serious problems ...
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Personally....I do not think you have a problem and I would run it like it is. However if you want more clearence the best way is with a pair of front wheels with a different backspacing. Washers and spacers etc. is a bad way to do it in my opinion.
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I'd have to go with new wheels with more backspace if I was nervous about this. There are jillions of T buckets running around with the steering arms reversed and this tiny clearance between arm and rim lip.
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There are jillions of T buckets running around with the steering arms reversed and this tiny clearance between arm and rim lip.
I think that is ackerman, not reversed arms.

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I'd run thin spacers before I bought more wheels.

Any washers should be hardened.
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SS washers ok ?
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