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Thread: Can wheel spacers be mounting BEHIND the brakes discs ?

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    Default Can wheel spacers be mounting BEHIND the brakes discs ?

    OK, the question might seem stupid, but...

    - Can't moving the wheel away from the brake change the way they work together ? I guess the disc is somewhat perfectly centered when no spacer is present...

    - How do you avoid the spacer to fall down and/or spin while changing a tyre ? I guess it could be rather painful to fight and align all three parts by a rainy night...

    So I was thinking about placing the spacer BETWEEN the hub and the brake disc, and tightly securing them using a longer screw, would suppress any hassle, keeping the brakes aligned with the wheels at the same time.

    But, well...

    - Are there any drawbacks to do this ?

    - Is it even legal (though actually, fitting any spacer couldn't be already ) ?

    Of course, I'm taking here about thin spacers, such as 5 mm (or maybe 5 mm front and 10 mm rear, maximum). My 8"x19" rims have a 35 mm ET already anyway, so putting any wider spacer would make the wheels illegally protrudring from the arches.

    Would anybody have any thoughts, or even better, knowledge about his silly idea, please ?



    Edit : please read "mounted" in the title. Can't be corrected, apparently.

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    No way on earth you could have the spacer between the disc and the hub.. not possible

    The 5mm and 10mm spacers will be fine and the wheels wont stick out at all

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    OK, thanks...

    Is it because the spacers are too wide to fit inside the discs bowls, or because it's prohibited ?

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    you would have to alter the position of the calipers and everything mate because the disc would be sitting 5 maybe 10 mm away from the caliper

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    Its because you wont be able to due the the calipers no going back on.. the discs have to sit where they are on teh hub. The spacers go on the face of the discs and then wheels onto them

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    What is the point in wheel spacers? I have seen a few threads on them and I can't for the life of me work out the point in them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith1983 View Post
    What is the point in wheel spacers? I have seen a few threads on them and I can't for the life of me work out the point in them?
    A wider stance !

    If you put spaceres where the carrire sits then It might be possible, Moving everything out the same distance. Longer bolts will be needed. You will probably need bespoke parts made, the spacer itself to fit inside the brake hub. So I would say it is possible.

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    As above its impossible.

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    They increase the track of the car and improve the appearrance of the car by bringing the wheels out more. I think most people like the look.

    Tool to help you put your alloys on with spacers http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_261895

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    Don't buy a tool, just get a couple of long bolts that will screw into the hub and grind or cut the ends off. File them round to make sure you don't scratch anything and off you go. You can then make a couple rather than just the one and it wil be 10 times easier.

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