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damgab
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posted 11-22-2002 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damgab   Click Here to Email damgab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hello everyone, i finally did it i bought the same wheels that CRUZER9 has on his 68 coupe for my 68 convertible. i love the wheels they are great looking and i think are going to make my ride look awesome, but now i need the spacers for clearance. does anyone know where i can get a set that are not as expensive as the HR spacers. CRUZER where did you buy yours and you definitly needed all four corners right? thanks.

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Moneymaker
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posted 11-23-2002 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pep Boys carries them under the Ralley brand. They sell them in 1/4 and 5/16 thicknesses.

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damgab
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posted 11-23-2002 03:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damgab   Click Here to Email damgab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks for the info , but i need 1" spacers i don't think they carry those...or do they?

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Mpcoluv
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posted 11-23-2002 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do not use crappy cast potmetal spacer when you need over 3/8".
Use machined aluminum spacers.
Capital Motorsports Wearhouse
(www.cmwmotorsports.com I think) sells machined billet spacers for around 25 dollars per pair. On my '69 I have a set of Weld wheels designed for a 5.oooh.
I run a 3/4" spacer in the rear and a 1" in the front.

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Moneymaker
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posted 11-23-2002 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One inch wheel spacer????

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Alex Denysenko
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mustang68mustangs
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posted 11-23-2002 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Vette Brakes carries them too. You might want to check locally also at some bigger tire shops that sell custom wheels.My buddy is manager at a tire shop and I know he can get the billet type.They are not cheap though.
Bob

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mellowyellow
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posted 11-23-2002 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Moneymaker:
One inch wheel spacer????



How safe ARE spacers that thickness???

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Mpcoluv
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posted 11-23-2002 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Moneymaker:
One inch wheel spacer????


Yep, and Moroso 3" studs.
I'm not saying it's ideal.......
but it has worked so far (fingers crossed).

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GT350Clone
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posted 11-23-2002 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GT350Clone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd much rather buy the CORRECT wheels with CORRECT backspace.....

What's so "hot about the "Bullitt" wheels anyway. A Vintage 45 or TTD looks just the same and comes with correct backspacing - no spacers needed....

Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather start with the right wheels and avoid Mickey-Mouse spacers....

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73429MACH
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posted 11-23-2002 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73429MACH   Click Here to Email 73429MACH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this site help any? www.mustangweekly.com/2002/september/newproducts/np9-1-3rd.asp

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damgab
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posted 11-23-2002 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damgab   Click Here to Email damgab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i guess it's just something different. it gives a nice restomod look .

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soaring
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posted 11-24-2002 02:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for soaring   Click Here to Email soaring     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds dangerous to me. I'd hate to be tooling at 90 mph and a friggin' wheel that looked good fell off. Oh well, looks like you have already bought them, so enjoy!

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Mpcoluv
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posted 11-24-2002 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 73429MACH:
Does this site help any? www.mustangweekly.com/2002/september/newproducts/np9-1-3rd.asp


How is that better than spacers and long studs?

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damgab
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posted 11-24-2002 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damgab   Click Here to Email damgab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yes i bought them already....i doubt i'll be doing 90 in my car anyway..i thought that this hobby was all about personalizing your mustang to fit you. we don't alway's have to be CORRECT on everything we do. thanks for that page you sent it is exactly what i'm looking for. the car the show on that page looks great it just reinforces my decision to put those wheels on.

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Fastback68
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posted 11-24-2002 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go for it damgab! I just wanna offer a comment on the hype at that link. They say ...
"With the modern low-profile wheels and tire, you can get improved handling from your vintage Mustang."
Yeah, but they don't tell you about the rocky ride! IMHO, rubber bands suck, RUBBER rules!

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groovyash
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posted 11-24-2002 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for groovyash   Click Here to Email groovyash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yes, you want to use the adaptors, not spacers with that much thickness to them...think about what your doing, if you use the adaptor your essentially bolting a thicker hub onto the wheel and then that to the spindle to gain backspacing, with 3" studs and spacers your just seperating the wheel from the spindle by an inch, think like your putting a heavy weight at the end of a long stick.
Dan

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damgab
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posted 11-24-2002 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damgab   Click Here to Email damgab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
when i say spacers i mean adapters. i want the ones you bolt on to your hub and then bolt the wheel to the lugz on the adapter. take a look at this mustang on ebay motors, it a shelby clone with the wheels i have. item #1872907432

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Cruzer
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posted 11-24-2002 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cruzer   Click Here to Email Cruzer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought mine from a local speed shop. A couple of things you need to know. Make sure you get the machined aluminum ones. They cost more, but are safer. I believe 1" is about as narrow as you can go all four. I wish I could help you more on where to get them. I'll call the speed shop Monday & see if I can get a name & number for you.

Email me at [email protected]

BTW, these "spacers" already have the studs in them. You put them on, bolt the lug nuts on the old studs that stick thru the spacers. Then put the wheel on. So it's basically adding to the hub in a way. They are strong as heck & so far (3 months) haven't come loose. So you'll need 20 regular lugs also. I painted the spacers black to match the hubs & you don't know they're there usless you look hard.
I also put 45x245 tires on. For the old guys (I'm one) they are similar to the old G-60's we use to run. They aren't low profile like Ricers run. They are a lot of rubber. The 68 use to smoke the tires pretty good. But after putting these tires on it just barely will spin them over from a dead stop.

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damgab
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posted 11-24-2002 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damgab   Click Here to Email damgab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks i appreciate the help. your the reason i decided to go for them because they look great on the 68.

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MLariviere
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posted 11-25-2002 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the looks of them on there too,but worry about safety. Any engineers on here with thoughts about this? Also,you may want to check for legality. I don't think you can get away with that up here.

On second thought,it probably is just as safe as running slotted unilug mag wheels.

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Cruzer
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posted 11-26-2002 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cruzer   Click Here to Email Cruzer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was concerned about safety also when I found out that I would have to use adaptors on the 68. The guy at the tire store & longtime friend told me that the new ones were safe. It's the old cast versions that will bust. He also said that they can't put the old ones on around here anymore because of that. Now, even the new ones couldn't hold up to something like "Moneymaker". But for an average street car hopefully so.

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soaring
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posted 11-26-2002 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for soaring   Click Here to Email soaring     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 73429MACH:
Does this site help any? www.mustangweekly.com/2002/september/newproducts/np9-1-3rd.asp


Where can i get a vintage 45?

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GT350Clone
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posted 11-26-2002 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GT350Clone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.vintagewheelworks.com

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