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    Default Your thoughts on wheel spacers/adapters

    If I want to buy some wheels with a different lug pattern, would I be ok to run some spacers/adapters while autocrossing? Would the stress be too much? for the spacers to handle?
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    Thats an awful strain in you lug nuts,Plus the offset maybe wrong with the adapters.

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    I"ve been running the same adapters (not spacers!) since 1998 when I put on my C4 Vette wheels. Haven't raced with them, but I haven't been gentle either. Never had one iota of trouble with them.

    Again, these are not spacers. They bolt to the wheel hub like a wheel. They then present a separate set of lugs to the wheel itself. 6061-T6 aluminum... they're very strong and I seriously doubt you'd be able to break them.
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    I heard an interesting concept once.... a brake rotor is basically a small wheel spacer!

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    A high quality bolt on spacer/adapter is nothing to worry about.

    It's the excessively thick slip on spacers that cause problems. I have no testing data to back this up, but I personally would not feel comfortable with a slip on spacer more than 3/8" thick.

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    Look at motorsport-tech.com. They make hubcentric wheel adapters.
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    I should've included a bit more info. I would need a 1.25" spacer and adapting to a different lug pattern, so the bolt on style is the only option. That being said, you guys answered my question about them being ok as long as I buy quality adapters(which I would have anyway.)

    I have ran 7/16" slide on spacers before with the extended shank lug nuts. They never gave me issues, but I checked torque on them every time I drove it just for added peace of mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick68 View Post
    I should've included a bit more info. I would need a 1.25" spacer and adapting to a different lug pattern, so the bolt on style is the only option. That being said, you guys answered my question about them being ok as long as I buy quality adapters(which I would have anyway.) I have ran 7/16" slide on spacers before with the extended shank lug nuts. They never gave me issues, but I checked torque on them every time I drove it just for added peace of mind.
    I think we understood. The address to provided is a company the makes hub centric wheel adapter spacers. They will convert the lug pattern and they are a tight fit to your center hub on the axle or front wheel hub... Only company i would use.
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    I run a 1.5" adapter on my jeep and have for over 6 years. 40" tires and nitrous in a rock rig. Have not had any issues with these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csouth View Post
    Look at motorsport-tech.com. They make hubcentric wheel adapters.
    Just checked their site out and went through a mock purchase; very nice interface and definitely who I'll use when I order my adapters

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    I ran 1.5" lug centric spacers with 140lb wheel assemblies [yes, 140lbs per wheel] on very demanding rock crawling situations for 75k miles. I have no worries running spacers..



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