ive found a mad deal on some 18s, only problem is theyre for AU-onwawrds Fords (arent all the good ones!).
Im gonna buy an AU next year anyway so im really looking hard at em. The solution- wheel spacers?
I know theyre illegal, but im driving without a licence (lost twice), no rego and a soon-to come turbo so im too worried bout the legality lol.
How do they work?
How potnetially dangerous? I know theyr fine for street and obviously not for drift lol, but where could they go wrong?
Thanks, ill post pics if i get em
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Umm, this will probably be locked soon, but yes they are dangerous. The wheel studs aren't meant to take any weight, the spigot in the centre of the wheel does. I have heard of a couple of people who have snapped the studs off.
You can get spacers made up that do support the weight properly, they would need to be custom machined.
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By the way, i foundem to be a bit too thin at 18 X 8 inch and found you can get em widened as in extra width welded on. Sounds dodgy hey hehe. But if this guy can do it legally with his GT then im sure i can too.
wheel spacers in the states are not illegal, but in AU I dont know the laws concerning.
Will let a mod of this area handle it.
As far as spacers are concerned. I run them on my cobra for the rear. I am running hubcentric 5mm spacers with extended tip lugs. Basically extended tip lugs have a piece that at the end that will allow you to thread the lugs on further.
To safely run spacers and not worry about the bolts taking thebulk of the load or for that matter not being threaded enough you need the extended tip lugs and you will need to make sure that you can get at minimum 6 complete rotations of the lug on each thread. Anything less and you will be looking at the studs breaking off.
i use custom machined billet ones.. they are 2" wide fastened to the existing hub with standard nuts and have another set of wheel studs pressed into the spacer.. There is also a machined lip protuding out to support and locate the wheel.. The guy I got them off had not heard anything about legalities in Qld anyhow.. Take that with a grain of salt though as he was selling them to me..
I have not had an issue with mine and the two mechanics I showed them to pre-purchased both agreed that chances of a failure was zero..
There are other spacers out there that you can buy from H&R that are hubcentric and up to 40mm thick if i Recall right. These you bold on just like regular wheels and then bolt the wheels to the spacer.
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