I've got a question for the wheel gurus. Is it okay to run a thin wheel spacer on only one wheel?
Here's my situation:
My truck was recently in an accident and the driver's side front wheel was cracked. The insurance company is only paying to replace the damaged wheel. The wheels on my truck are 15x7 Eagle Alloys Series 146. The problem is that the specific wheel model number hasn't been made in three years or so and they are hard to find. Eagle Alloy had one left in the country but it was a "display model". I had the body shop get the wheel and it came in last week. So I hear today from the body shop that this wheel rubs the brake caliper when it's mounted. Like the backspacing/offset is not perfect. The solution they are proposing is to use a thin spacer (1/8"-1/4") so that it won't hit the caliper. They claim that this will not cause any long term problems and it will ride like before. According to the lady at the body shop this isn't that uncommon with aftermarket wheels. Eagle Alloy won't claim that the wheel is defective without it being returned to them and then inspected by their people. I don't like the idea of running the spacer, but my only other option is to buy a new set of wheels which I was hoping I wouldn't have to do and prolongs my truck being in the shop.