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Old 02-04-2008, 10:22 PM   #1
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I've got a 95 SSE, and I tried to put my stock 88 SSE rims on it, but they don't clear the calipers. Looks like a very small clearance issue, maybe 3/16" at each of 5 cutouts, but who could clear the wheels for me, It'* not any structural material but needs to be done uniformly as to keep the balancing right... Maybe a wheel spacer would work, but the studs look a little short for that.. Any ideas I think the older rims would look really good on the newer body style...

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You positive about that? if they're 16", they SHOULD fit.

which part of them is contacting the caliper?
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First off, these are the solid white 16" alloy wheels with 5 small slots around the outside. Each cutout has about a 1/4" thick wall ( on the reverse ) it'* the innermost portion of each cutout that interferes. I do have some 1989 SE aluminum wheels ( 16" also) and they fit fine. Could they be aftermarket calipers ? Are the offsets the same ? I could clear it pretty quickly with a grinder, but that may not be the right way to go. Not like it will ever show though...

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hmmmm, honestly, if they don't fit, grinding the rim wouldn't really be the safe way of making them fit.

I would try some wheel spacers, but if, like you said, the studs are too short, that might not work either.
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very true, you would have to grind the calipers so they can clear.....Frankie had this problem ( same wheels and 97 calipers)
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you need not to grind or mod anything...

i own a 88 sse ( white ) and a 95 se also white and one day i got curious and switched the wheels.. the silver lace rims looked sweet on the 88 sse but i did not like the look of the 88 sse full face rim on the 95 se at all. ( and it was a perfect fit ) no rubbing anywhere.. maybe something in your wheel well is bent a lil..
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very true, you would have to grind the calipers so they can clear.....Frankie had this problem ( same wheels and 97 calipers)

its true. when Randy swapped the front end of the 97 to his 90 his white 90 rims rubbed.
so he ground down the calipers a tad.
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That sounds the easiest... But I worry down the road, I replace the calipers and memory lapses a bit, and whamo... I may space them out a 1/4" and see how I like them, before I grind anything... Thanks for the input everyone !!

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