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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by '89 bucket, May 3, 2005.

  1. '89 bucket

    '89 bucket Registered Member

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    what's everyone's oppinion on wheel spacers.
    was thinking of putting 1.5 spacers on rear tires of k5 to even out the wheels
    i haven't seen any pic's of these with wheels on
    just looking for opinions of those who have used them
     
  2. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Ive used them for for three years, not a single problem. buy 'em.

    j
     
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    Be very carefull where you get the spacers. A lot of the shops that sell them are selling the spacers from China. I know of a couple big names shops doing this.

    These basically - SUCK! They use inferior studs and aluminum. The studs will actually rip out of the aluminum.

    I just found a site that manufactures them here in the USA. I ordered a set this morning for my rig.

    http://www.weirdharoldscoolparts.com/new page0.htm


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  4. '89 bucket

    '89 bucket Registered Member

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    i noticed the ones i saw were aluminum,
    i work with metal all the time and i wouldn't think that aluminum would hold up to the stresses of the truck. i thought the same thing, the studs would pull out or snap off..
    i thought they should be steel or s.s. at least
    what is the manufacturer of the ones you are looking at??
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    got mine from Perf tire and wheel. linky PLENTY strong.

    j
     
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    I just talked to Kenny who owns Wierd Harolds Cool Parts. He seems to be a really good guy.

    Anyway I compared products with Performance Wheel and Tire. Both Harold and Performance use qualitiy aluminum, but Harold uses USA made Doman Studs in their product while I couldn't find what Performance uses.

    Harold charges $45 for a 1.5" spacer with a 6x5.5" wheel pattern while Performance charges $65. So you save $40 on a set...

    Also, Harold ships for FREE. Not sure about Performance.

    Also, Harold said if you mention ColoradoK5 when you order, he will give you a set of 7/16" nuts with your order. He also makes them to order and he can have them to you fast. While Performance says on their site it takes 2 weeks plus shipping time to get them to you...


    [QUOTE='89 bucket]what's everyone's oppinion on wheel spacers.
    was thinking of putting 1.5 spacers on rear tires of k5 to even out the wheels
    i haven't seen any pic's of these with wheels on
    just looking for opinions of those who have used them[/QUOTE]
     
  8. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    just as a side note, perf spacers come with nuts.

    j
     
  9. DPI

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    Here's a pic of my new 2" spacer. It is black hard anodized and is awesome quality.

    Nothing beats pure USA made metal!!!


    [​IMG]
     
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    Those are beautiful pieces of art. Thanks for the link, I will be ordering a pair to get the rear tires out a bit on my '69. I don't want the MT/Rs I'm putting on there to stay hiding in the wheelwells...
     
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    sorry to hijack, but since I think you got what you needed, here goes:

    Have either of you guys noticed the turning radius on increasing much after adding the spacer, or is it too small to tell a difference?
     
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    Strangely enough it does make a difference. It took me a couple of weeks to remember to make a bigger turn on tight corners as I kept clipping the kerb with the back inside tire!
    I got mine from WFO Concepts. Very pleased with the service and quality. :D
     
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    Is there any reason to use the spacers except for looks?
     
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    i have a pair of 6x5.5x1.5 6061 Alum spacers if anyone wants to buy them...i used them pretty hard but there is no damage to them and they worked just fine. i think it is mostly a look thing but it was worth it for me. so if anyone wants them, send me an e-mail. $100 shipped.
     

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