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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 28-04-2017, 19:57 Thread Starter
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Wheel spacers

The front stance of an A-Class has always annoyed me so was wondering if anyone had fitted some wheel spacers to get the wheels further out into the wheel arch.

The current Fiat wheels have an ET of 68 so there is plenty of scope to bring them back to say ET28 by using a 40mm spacer and still have the wheel centre close to the centre of the wheel bearing and not giving it any undue loading.

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What would be the advantage?

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It would just look better to my eye and better balanced.

I guess with a slightly wider front track then the stability would be slightly better.

Carthago do a Compactline range which is much narrower and the wheels sit almost flush to the outside of the wheel arch and it looks sooooo much better.

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I had wheel spacers on a mini eons ago, too much stress on the wheel bearings so they failed, I'd not use them on such a heavy vehicle, maybe changing the wheels would be better.
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I wouldn't fit them until the warranty expires. It's also a modification from an insurance companies point of view.

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Possible effects of wheel spacers:

Increased load on the wheel bearings
Increased load on the wheel retaining bolts
Increased load on the steering gear
Increased load on suspension components
Changed airflow over the brakes
Invalidated warranty
Invalidated insurance

Possibly worth taking the chance on a 20 year old boy racer car but.....!
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Fitting of wheel spacers WILL **** up the overall steering geometry that someone has spent a lot of time and effort setting up.

Leave well alone or you could run into warranty issues.

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Goodness me, Carlos Fandango takes me back rather more years than I care to admit.

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Always wanted an angle box to do that too, finally got one (Burgundy) and the A pillars were well and truly stuffed, I was heart broken, wish I still had it though, worth a bloody fortune since the Weasley boy flew one.
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