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Fitting whell spacers smart 450 2003

I am looking to fit wheel spacers to front wheels has anyone any experience of issues benefits?

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Fitting wheel spacers to wheels is not a good idea . You will have to fit longer wheel studs and this weakens the stud as you cannot go up the stud diameter as is required to maintain the stud strength. The studs will snap under side load when cornering and that will leave you in a spot of bother. Next you will experience the same problem when off set rims were the thing to make the track wider . Looked smick but unfortunately the load was transferred from the larger inner bearing to the smaller outer bearing which was incapable of the extra load and so burnt off the stub axle . Chrysler and ford vehicles suffered most from this problem and is was mostly at speed . You will also have the problem that when you do this the tyre is closer to the mudguard edge and when you hit a bump or turn the edge of the mudguard will tear the tyre apart. . Consider why you want to do this and how much you want to come out as there are rims with the negative off set that will widen the track a lot safer with less problems.

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    Norman Scott Reid Apr 15, 2014

    Thank you very much for detailed advice. Smart front end is an issue and I dont want to spend $$$ to much as I wont be racing around just want better stability and in fact better pickup. Your advice is appreciated



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