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1/4" spacer ????

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by kwalton, May 12, 2008.

  1. May 12, 2008 at 6:32 PM
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    kwalton

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    i bought some pro-comp wheels from the local 4 wheel parts and it turns out that they hit the calipers. what a suprise???? has anyone used 1/4" spacers to remedy this. i am just worried i won't have enough thread on the lugs and grinding the calipers is not an option for warranty issues. thanks for any help.
     
  2. May 12, 2008 at 6:41 PM
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    I have 1/4" spacers on my front hubs. Are they aluminum or steel wheels?
     
  3. May 12, 2008 at 6:55 PM
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    With my steelies, I had to get conical lug nuts. I'm comfortable with the amount of thread the lug nuts have. What bothers me is the cheap construction of the spacers and the fact that they eliminate the abillity of the wheels to center on the hubs as oposed to the lug nuts. That being said, after 4 months of daily driving and some offroading, I havn't had any problems.
     
  4. May 13, 2008 at 2:42 PM
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    zmtnbik

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    I know there are some that are against griding the calipers....why not grind the rims? You are only removing a small amount of material and it's on the inside of the rim that you will never see. As long as the amount of material removed is pretty equal, balancing shouldn't be an issue either.
     
  5. May 13, 2008 at 2:55 PM
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    06tacomaprerunner

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    I have been used them for like 3 months, and I havn't had any problems.
     
  6. May 13, 2008 at 3:07 PM
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    chris4x4

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    This would be a big no no. Rims have a rating for weight. They are manufactured to be able to handle the rotational forces at high speeds, carrying a load, stopping a vehicle, lateral forces, etc. By grinding the rim and not knowing what you are doing, you will severly compromise the integrity of the wheel. Looseing a caliper on the freeway is bad, loosing your whole wheel is much worse. Get the spacers. If they dont work for ya, get a different set of wheels.:)
     
  7. May 13, 2008 at 3:09 PM
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    kwalton

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    thanks for all the replies. i went ahead and ordered them today along with the conical lug nuts. i have run large spacers before on all my vw's but with them you can replace the the whole lug bolt with longer ones so that is why i asked. thanks again.
     
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