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Old 10-16-2006, 02:28 AM   #1
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I need some help with wheel spacers. I've searched here a little bit, but didn't find much. I have a 2000 SLE Bonnie, and I wanted to make the wheels fill out the fenders a little more. I've read somewhere that wheel spacers can help this out a little bit sio I don't look like I'm driving a lifted car...

So basically:
1. Will wheel spacers make my stock aluminum rims fill out the fender space a little more?
2. If so, what size is best?
3. How will this affect my car in terms of safety and driveablilty?

Here'* a pic of my current wheels, and the space between the tire and fender (NOTE-This isn't my specific car, but a google pic). Kinda bad pic, but the best I could find, and it shows the wheels I have.
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Wheel spacers will not make the tire larger in diameter, which is what I think you are looking for... Spacers will space the wheel further out. With spacers, you may end up with clearance problems near steering lock in both directions. I also know several friends that have had trouble with premature wheel bearing failure when moving the rims out further (whether by spacers or messing with the backspacing in the rim).

Now if what you want is to have your tires fill up the fender more, then you'd need to go with a larger sized tire. Problem with that is that there isn't a lot of clearance from the tire to the lower spring perch on the strut. Not to mention that any change in the overall circumference of the tire will throw off the speedometer/odometer reading.
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I realize that spacers won't actually make the tire bigger, but I've heard that it makes it appear that way.

I figured there would be some problems , so I think I'll just sstay away from them.
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I'd leave the spacers off, you'll just cause other look issues IMO.
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you can fit a 255 tire with out problems on the car....there have been a few memebers that have done this already
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I am running a 255/50R17 tire in place of the original 235/55R17 tire. 3/4" wider, but very very close to the same circumference. But I don't think that is what is really in question here. I think he wants larger diameter tires.
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I am running a 255/50R17 tire in place of the original 235/55R17 tire. 3/4" wider, but very very close to the same circumference. But I don't think that is what is really in question here. I think he wants larger diameter tires.
well yes...and no.

I just want to rear wheel gap to not look like hell, and it looks like if the rear wheels were pushed out about an inch (maybe less) it would look phenominally better. It may not make the wheel gap itself look better, but it will at least make the wheels not look tucked in like the do now.

I'll look into getting some wider tires for it. I have to buy new tires pretty soon anyways, and I woudln't mind a new set of wheels, either.
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you can fit a 255 tire with out problems on the car....there have been a few memebers that have done this already
No you'll have problems, you need to bang the hell out of your inner fenders on a 92-99 for it to not have problems, and you'll be running a flaring out sidewall off of OE rims, which will flex more then OEM.

EDITED for model year info. Two blanket statements by two people don't make a right?
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you can fit a 255 tire with out problems on the car....there have been a few memebers that have done this already
No you'll have problems, you need to bang the H*** out of your inner fenders for it to not have problems, and you'll be running a flaring out sidewall off of OE rims, which will flex more then OEM.
so your gonna tell that to the ppl running the 255 tires on the 00+ with out problems currently???? Jason there are at least 4 members on here that are running with this setup and have and to do no modifications and have had no ill effects
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so your gonna tell that to the ppl running the 255 tires on the 00+ with out problems currently???? Jason there are at least 4 members on here that are running with this setup and have and to do no modifications and have had no ill effects
Well that'* a different story. Post edited to reflect model years i've seen this problem with.
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