Wheel spacers (adapters) safe on track?

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3 years 4 months ago #3004 by jaymsu
jaymsu created the topic: Wheel spacers (adapters) safe on track?
Guys, I've been thinking about putting the OEM rear wheels on the front of my Camaro but the wheels rub against strut because of different offset.

Easiest way would be putting some wheel adapters but as I was searching on internet, there were mixed opinions on whether it would be safe to use the spacers/adapters on track cars.

Is any of you running wheel spacers on your track car?

Let me know what you guys think/suggest. Thanks!!!

2006 Corvette w/ Z51 package: TOY4JAY III
2007 Corvette Z06 (550whp monster): TOY4JAY II
2002 'almost' stock Corvette coupe: TOY4JAY I

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3 years 4 months ago - 3 years 4 months ago #3005 by Red06
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Jay,

Most folks wouldn't run spacers on stock studs. I'd suggest upgrading to longer to ARP studs before using spacers. How thick of a spacer are you looking at? I personally wouldn't run anything thicker than 5mm without looking at a different offset rim, but that's just me. How much clearance do you have to the outside fender?

Joe C

2004 Corvette Z06 - Torch Red
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3 years 4 months ago #3006 by jaymsu
jaymsu replied the topic: Wheel spacers (adapters) safe on track?
Hey Joe, thanks for quick reply.
I was actually thinking about wheel adapter type (the ones that have its own studs)
I would probably need about 15-20 mm so I wouldn't try to put it on OEM studs.
Would that be safe?

2006 Corvette w/ Z51 package: TOY4JAY III
2007 Corvette Z06 (550whp monster): TOY4JAY II
2002 'almost' stock Corvette coupe: TOY4JAY I

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3 years 4 months ago #3007 by Red06
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Jay,

I'd have to defer to the engineers in the group. I'm not sure if there is a difference in the forces on the wheel hub/bearing between having a 20mm spacer and changing the wheel offset by 20mm. I'd say as long as you get full thread engagement on the nuts holding the spacer, the stock studs would be ok. I'm just not sure if going that thick will damage other things.

Joe C

2004 Corvette Z06 - Torch Red

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3 years 4 months ago #3008 by Grog
Grog replied the topic: Wheel spacers (adapters) safe on track?
I would prefer to see extended lugs go all the way through the spacer and the wheel. That way there is no bending moment on the spacer; it would only see compression forces.

However, my concern with that arrangement is that the long studs would be stretching more than standard length lugs when cornering and that the lugs might want to loosen. (maybe). But... if ARP sells them in the required length for that application, then it might mean that they are ok.

If possible I would contact ARP or see if they have some sort of application guide.

Otherwise, I say play it safe and get proper offset wheels.

Luis

92 Miata (~92 whp)
Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.

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