URGENT->Wheel spacers - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes Sponsored by: Discount Tire Direct

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
The Guy You Love To Hate
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: VICTORIA: The Revenue State
Posts: 1,510
URGENT->Wheel spacers

Urgent.
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 much?
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


Welcome To Victoria, Home Of The Speed Camera

Just another Eseries...
T_Terror is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 10:16 AM
Are we there yet?
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: SA - The Drift State
Age: 33
Posts: 1,621
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

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.

95 EF Fairmont 5.0 - Heritage Green - 4 Speed auto with AU S5 - 3.23LSD - 17x8" LWT Wheels - King Superlows - 76mm Cobra MAF - 65mm throttle - BPT Underdrive Pulley Kit - 3" Mandrel-bent Lukey exhaust - Tinted Windows - MP3 CD player - White faced dials.

117rwKw - 15.47@89.9MPH
Aaron_EF8 is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 10:24 AM
.au member
 
back2thefutura's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Sthn NSW, AU
Posts: 2,747
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

Goodbye thread! (very soon)

spacers can break, which isnt good to say the least, specially if you're doing 100+ kms. Also, 18s would put your speedo a fair way out.

2002 Focus CL Hatch
too slow..............for now
back2thefutura is offline  
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
The Guy You Love To Hate
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: VICTORIA: The Revenue State
Posts: 1,510
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

Hmmmm, thanks i did a bit of looking around and if you get hub spacers then theyre alrite, legal and everything.

Glad to see im not the only FF bum surfing at 2 in the morning lol. Thanks guys


Why would the thread be locked? Im sure lots of people would be interested, nothing wrong in giving out the info, especially if its not completley safe

Welcome To Victoria, Home Of The Speed Camera

Just another Eseries...
T_Terror is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
The Guy You Love To Hate
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: VICTORIA: The Revenue State
Posts: 1,510
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

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.

FPV 18" x 9" REAR WHEEL RIMS

Welcome To Victoria, Home Of The Speed Camera

Just another Eseries...
T_Terror is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 03:37 PM
300+rwkw DC LTD Member
 
LTDHO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Melbourne, Vic
Age: 42
Posts: 1,622
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

I'd see the thread being lock due to the discussion about an illegal modification intended for the road.

The only 'spacer' that is safe IMO is the one that bolts to the hub and has it's own studs that the wheel bolts too.

So when you aer driving your turbo'd unregistered car without a licence and a wheel comes off and kills someone. You will be in jail for so long that cars will not have wheels when you get out!

LTDHO
Power by me 360rwkw
Check out E Series Owners Club on Facebook
LTDHO is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 03:53 PM
***** Idiot....
 
LunaticSVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Sticks of Central TX
Posts: 10,560
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

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.

Here is a pic for you.

LunaticSVT is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 03:54 PM
known as tibbo
 
RaceCraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 2,033
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

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..
RaceCraft is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 04:16 PM
***** Idiot....
 
LunaticSVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Sticks of Central TX
Posts: 10,560
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

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.

Just a thought.
LunaticSVT is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-13-04, 04:32 PM
RIP Sox.....
 
Soxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Sydney
Age: 47
Posts: 2,580
Re: URGENT->Wheel spacers

Quote:
Originally Posted by back2thefutura
Goodbye thread! (very soon)

spacers can break, which isnt good to say the least, specially if you're doing 100+ kms. Also, 18s would put your speedo a fair way out.
18's will not make the speedo read wrong. Don't forget the bigger rim diameter equals lower profile tyres. It is the overall diameter which is important here, not the rim diameter.

I also don't see any problem at all with properly made spacers, why they are illegal is beyond me.
About 18 years ago, I used them for ages one of my cars without even the slightest of problems.

Rick.

4L I6, naturally aspirated producing 173.5rwkw.
14.410 @ 96.49mph with street radials.
What's that?..... Did I hear you say TQE power?
Soxx is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Closed Thread

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > The Garage - Tech Forums > Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
spacers UCNTRY Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes 14 08-11-04 09:06 AM
Double EGR spacers... dodgie Windsor Tech 17 04-06-04 06:31 PM
So, tell me about wheel spacers NX1701 Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes 14 01-23-03 08:12 PM
ED with AU rims + spacers, should I do it? Martin General Tech 18 02-09-02 02:54 AM
Urgent..urgent..urgent..urgent..urgent THE DOCTOR The Pub 1 05-02-01 03:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome