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Old 04-03-2003, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default Those of you with 225s on a GC8, what size wheel spacers?

I just test mounted my "new" victoracers and they rub like crazy on the rear shock body. The fender seems to be ok, but I'm gonna need spacers to get these things to fit. The fronts are ok, the rears just don't fit.
So, those of you that run this size (225/50/16), are you using both spacers and a rolled rear fender? If so, what size spacers are you using and did you have to replace the wheel studs too?
Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2003, 11:43 AM   #2
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I have 225/50/16 toyo RA-1's on 16x7 (et55 i THINK) RL7's I have not competed on them yet, but run 3mm spacers to clear the rear shock body. i only use the spacers in the rear, and do not know how i will do by way of fender clearance when it gets warm enough to try them out. FWIW i'm on stock springs and struts, and run 215/45/17 on an ET53 17x7 wheel daily in the summer and have zero rubbing issues, no spacers. my car is a MY01 coupe
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Old 04-03-2003, 01:04 PM   #3
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I run 225 Kumho 712s on WRX wheels +55 ET. they rub the strut a little bit on hard cornerning, but its not enough to cause any problems on my car. I can't even feel it, but when I pulled the wheel off I could see marks on the strut from the tire.

Safir, where did you get the spacers from?
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Old 04-03-2003, 01:37 PM   #4
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I am good friends with people at a local tire store. they're just iniversal 3mm spacers, will fit any 4 or 5 lug vehicle, they're cheap too, i think msrp is like $5 a piece or something
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Old 04-03-2003, 02:02 PM   #5
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hmm. the spacers idea was in my head, im kinda skeptical about it, anotherguy was saying that his wheels would get loose after using a 5mm spacer on the street and it made his lugs get loose all teh time and trash his studs. ive had bad luck with lugs / studs in the past, so i choose to clearance the hat on my rer strut with a dremmel. 2.5mm or so mab less cleared it. im guessing it rubbs ocassionaly, but i havnt checked yet

im running 225/45/17 azenis, the front seems okay fiting, i rolled the inner lip of the rears just incase it rubbbs. im runnign sti v6 suspension. i think the only surefire way to clearthe rears would be to run a coil-over. or get a ground control sleeve type thing and chop away the bell hat for clearance.


safir - have u ran the spacer on the street? id like to run it, but im skeptical about the saftey - u going to be at the 4/13 scca autoX?

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Old 04-03-2003, 02:13 PM   #6
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Safir, you run it on the street? Are the spacers permanent or do they just fit over the hub? This would be used exclusively for
auto-x, I run 205s on the street with no clearence issues. The driver's side rear rubs a lot, and I mean a lot. I can hear it rub just backing the car up. I'm gonna call around to some tire shops and see what they've got in the way of spacers and what they reccommend.
Anyone have specific experience with spacers and auto-x? Any saftey issues?
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:36 PM   #7
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supermoose - I will not be attending any detroit-scca events this year - look for me at SBR-SCCA, WMR-SCCA and aroc events mostly, some CCM events and the MSCC time trials at waterford

Evegan - I run those tires only at dry racing events - i run my 215's on 17" wheels daily, and at wet events, and they fit without the spacers. the spacers just fit between the wheel and hub. I will try to take a picture of them tonight.

it is VERY important when running spacers to torque your lug nuts properly, as the lessened contact area between the nuts and studs weakens their "grip" I feel the 3mm spacer leaves just enough thread to hold securely, but again one must be careful. anything wider (i was contemplating 5mm for that little extra space) and longer studs would be highly reccomended.
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Old 04-03-2003, 06:14 PM   #8
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Make sure you put longer studs in if you run spacers in the back. The fact that the lugs are loosening up is a clear indicator that you're treading thin ice! If on lug goes, it puts that much more stress on the rest, and so on...

We ran 1/4" spacers on stock 98 wheels with rolled fenders. We replaced the studs with longer ones to make sure we wouldn't lose a wheel or worse....

We have since gone to Racing Hart CP-035s and don't need a spacer anymore!

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Old 04-04-2003, 01:27 AM   #9
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I'm hoping when I get my 225's mounted to my 16x7 +48 offset Rota Slipstreams that they wont rub... I have no idea if they will or not, cause nobody has run slipstreams on a GC that I know of, ill be the first.
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whats the weight on the slip-streams? do they clear sti 4 pot?

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Old 04-04-2003, 11:16 AM   #11
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I'm hoping when I get my 225's mounted to my 16x7 +48 offset Rota Slipstreams that they wont rub... I have no idea if they will or not, cause nobody has run slipstreams on a GC that I know of, ill be the first.
Is your car lowered? Mine is with AGXs and Pro-kits and the victos rub the rear struts pretty bad, but I'm getting 5mm spacers so that should clear that up easily, I'll probably roll the inner fenders too just to be sure. Good luck
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oh, with the 5mm spacers, do you think I'd need longer studs?

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My car is somewhat lowered, but not much. I have near 0 body roll in corners though, so I wont have to do much fender rolling I dont think. You had those victoracers on stock wheels though right? Im thinking the offset of the Slipstreams might move the tire away from the strut enough to make a difference...

moose: Slipstreams weigh 13.5lbs but dont clear the 4-pots.
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Old 04-06-2003, 11:01 PM   #13
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BOO. hiss. i want some light wheels. anyone with some NICE 15's or 16"s that are LIGHT wnat to trade for some JDM 17" b4 blitzen wheels on azenis? they're PERFECT cond. :P

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whats the weight on the slip-streams? do they clear sti 4 pot?

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sorry to burst ur bubble..but they will not clear 4pot brakes.
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