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Old 12-11-2003, 12:14 PM
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Wheel Spacers?

I am purchasing an axle for my car which is 3" too short. Therefore, the wheels will rub on the leaf springs. Would it be ok to add about 1" wheel spacers to make everything fit? Would I then have to have longer studs or is 1" ok for the stock stud lengths?

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I wouldn't depend on studs with 1 in spacers. Think about the strain put on the studs. Its a matter of leverage.

Why don't you look for some reverse offset wheels?
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Look for wheel "adapters" instead of spacers. They come with new studs, using the old studs to bolt on the adapter in place of the wheel then the new studs to bolt on the wheel. This shouldn't be a problem on the rears but never do this on the front...
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Is this what you mean

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2447734284
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That's it exactly... and they usually go for 25 to 40 bucks apiece...
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Don't plan on any hotroding with the adapters these things will break! I have had problems with these with VW Bugs! They will work for a driver but you must check them evey so often for cracks and loosening up.

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Will they crack just the adapter or your axles? This will be going in a car with roughly 300 torque.
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Just keep them torqued and check the adapters for cracks around the studs Etc.
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The 1 plus inch thick wheel adapters that you can pick up on eBay or on the net will not crack. They'll last longer than the car. Avoid the thin wheel adapters since they are usually made out of thin, cast aluminum and not billet.

Do a search on eBay using "wheel adapters" as your term and you will be given plenty of options.
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So You don't think they will crack or come loose????? RIGHT!!!
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Have that exact same part made out of steel at your local machine shop, and you will never have do worry about breakage.
Use shorter inner lug bolts and loc-tite on the inner nuts, then go normal with the outer lugs and nuts.
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I cannot comment about Roys63 experience. I don't know what kind of adapters he has (base material and thickness). If the original wheels had a tendency to come loose, then I suppose the wheel adapters would have the same tendency since they are placed on the original lug nuts.

I do know that I have used the billet aluminum adapters without ever having to retighten the lug nuts. Once placed on the vehicle, they are just as stable as the original studs and in some cases more so.

P.S. Billet aluminum doesn't crack. If it did, they would not make so many wheels out of that material.
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Are these adapters safe then? http://www.fbodymotorsports.com/inc/...l?v=1&pid=2892
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Yes, this is the kind I have used without problems. However, the price is a bit high at this web site. There is a gentleman on eBay that regularly sells spacers of equal quality for much less. Just do a search under eBay Motors using "spacers" as your search term and you should find a few deals there.
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hey guys..i'm curuious about these spacers..i have an camaro w/ a 4 10 posi rwar..if i pu a set of spacers willit really put the tire out from the car...i saw the mr.gskaet ones but i'm just woundering how ther worked-chad
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