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TOPIC: Wheel spacers for AutoX

Wheel spacers for AutoX 5 years 3 weeks ago #347

Just to end this thread on a semi-serious note, after reading a bit about spacers, it seems that the best solution is just to buy wheels with the offset necessary. There doesn't seem to be much advantage or disadvantage to spacers in terms of autoX, but pushing wheels out puts extra strain on wheel bearings and ball joints. Maybe some FF understeer could be corrected with a wider rear track, but nothing too dramatic.
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Wheel spacers for AutoX 5 years 3 weeks ago #348

Just to end this thread on a semi-serious note, after reading a bit about spacers, it seems that the best solution is just to buy wheels with the offset necessary. There doesn't seem to be much advantage or disadvantage to spacers in terms of autoX, but pushing wheels out puts extra strain on wheel bearings and ball joints. Maybe some FF understeer could be corrected with a wider rear track, but nothing too dramatic.

BTW I found this video while searching for info about spacers...turns out that it had nothing to do with them, but that the RX7 owner had purchased/received the wrong thread pitch lug nuts. :blink:
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Wheel spacers for AutoX 5 years 3 weeks ago #349

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First you pick on my Honda's and now you picking on my RX-7's, what gives lol.

I am with you though probably the best way is to get the correct wheels to correct the offest. And only making the rear track wider I would think it would understeer worse?? From what I could figure I thought if you make the rear loose it would rotate better so maybe smaller tires in the back would be better (if thats the only thing you change)
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Wheel spacers for AutoX 5 years 3 weeks ago #356

Rx7 video is classic.

Correct wheel offset is always best. There are mechanical/safety concerns with spacers. If you're just doing slip on spacers, it increases the stress on the studs. The bolt on kind have lots of stress risers in them too. The general consensus I've found is slip on, with extended studs if necessary, is the preferred if you have to use spacers.

As far as performance, I don't think you'll really gain much. Personally, the only reason to use spacers is if your wheels have too high offset to fit. If you want more rotation, get a rear sway bar.
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Wheel spacers for AutoX 5 years 3 weeks ago #360

I've been wondering about spacers myself. I can run Mustang wheels on my GM, but I would need to run 1.5" spacers so as not to potentially hit the front caliper or look like a bath tub on stilts. Now, seeing as how this would put me out of stock class, I have no intention of running Mustang wheels for track days; if anything I would arrive to the track and swap wheels there, which seems like a royal pain.

In theory, if I did run an auto cross with spacers, would this cause any added stress to the hubs?
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Wheel spacers for AutoX 5 years 2 weeks ago #366

I feel your pain on this. Those 1.5" spacers you are thinking of are VERY big.
I don't think that the hubs themselves would be damaged, but since your car is really big there is probably an even stronger chance to prematurely wear out suspension parts. Spindles probably more than anything.
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Wheel spacers for AutoX 5 years 2 weeks ago #367

Yeah, exactly my fear. I think my best bet wheel-wise for the track is cop car steelies.
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