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Wheel spacers??

Hi. I am building a 37 Ford Tudor. Has a Mustang II front on it. I put on 2" drop spindles on it last year. I also cut one loop out of the coil overs to have the fenders drop over the front wheels.. It worked fine back when I did it, but today when I tried to push the car out of the garage to start it ( no drive shaft yet) there was a rubbing sound. Finally found it. The zerk fitting on the lower ball joint was rubbing on the rim. I re adjusted the upper A arm and got a little clearance, but it would be nice to have a little moe.. My question is: Can I get five washers of the same size and put them over the lugs before installing the font wheels?? I measured the clearance between the tire and the fender and I would still have a little more than 1/2" in the tightest spot.. Thanks.. Al

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Summit Racing has a 1 piece spacers ... for cheap money. If you have a local speed shop, I would image they have them in stock also.



These are 7/16ths thick, made by MR. Gasket ... for less than 15 dollars.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/MRG-2372/
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I was only going to go with 1/4" spacers.. Do you think I would also need to change my studs then as well?? If so.. Could I just use a mallet to drive out the old ones, and put the new ones on and just use a nut and washer to press the new ones in?? Or is there a rule as to how much of a spacer you can go with before you need new studs..
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Al, the spacers come in several widths including 1/4", I don't think you would need to install longer studs using that spacer.......but safety first, install spacer then check to see how many threads you get into your lug nuts. I would think you want them to be at least flush with the top of the nut.
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I took one of the acorn lugs off, and put on a plain one. After subtracting 1/4" I come up with even, or maybe 1 or 2 threads above.. The American Racing wheels I have don't allow me to reef on the OEM lug nut..
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After reading that article at the bottom of the page. Is it bad to run 1/4" spacers?? Right now on the front wheels I have about 1/8" clearence between the lower ball joint housing, and the rim.
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1/4 inch should work fine, i have ran 1/2 inch with no problems just be sure you torque them properly and check them from time to time just for sake keeping. IMO. Cole
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Thanks.. Al
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I have spacers on my Vette to let me run larger tires. They are a hub that you bolt to the car then bold the tire to the spacer.
The look very well made and I have read that several people use them with out any troubles. I feel it spacers are used to correct and offset of a wheel to move it back to a stock location then it shouldn't cause any issues with the bearings. But you don't want to over extend the hubs and put uneven pressure on the wheel bearings or you could cause them to wear out sooner.

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I've seen those, but I ordered 1/4" spacers from Summit. Should be here by Thursday.. Al
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