Posted 20 February 2004 - 05:00 AM
If I put wheel spacers on, is it likely that I will damage anything on my standard mini? im guessing there would be more strain on everything with the wheels further out.
Also how does this look on a mini with normal width wheels, I think mine are 5" but I could be wrong,
thanks a lot,
Posted 20 February 2004 - 03:35 PM
If possible try to get the spacers with the longer studs, not the screw on stud extensions. Those are supposed to be dangerous (and yes, how did you guess, i have a set on mine :cheese: )
The only other thing that you might have to do is depending ont he amount spacered, the wheels might start rubbing the arches a bit when you turn a lot, this is remedied by slightly trimming the wings.
The look is hardly a reason to get spacers in my opinion (i have them because i have metro wheels which wont fit due to wrong offset). Like I just said, I think the best reason to get spacers is to correct offset if your wheels have the wrong offset.
Posted 20 February 2004 - 04:04 PM
There are two types, one this X looking type with screw on stud extensions, and the other is just a round plate with holes and it comes with longer studs which you have to exchange for your short ones. The X shaped ones are supposed to be dangerous and not recommended but I have a set on my mini and so far they are okay (got other problems though).
If you have a Minimag, then just look at MWS Midland wheel supply pages they have spacers with pictures that explain it all
Posted 20 February 2004 - 04:12 PM
Posted 20 February 2004 - 04:31 PM
Posted 20 February 2004 - 05:04 PM
I think its more the wide wheel look im after, but I just thought this might be a cheap way to make it look like the wheels are wider,
thanks a lot,
P.s . the set ive seen has the longer studs I think
Posted 20 February 2004 - 09:19 PM
You'll spend at least 40 pounds around for the set of spacers with studs. Itll probly be a bit more even!
Then you'll need wider arches etc. You might even need wheel arch modification..
I mean youre coming up on like 100 pounds for all that (to get arches sprayed too would be extra)..
It's a bit too much for my liking just for looks!
But if your wheels really dont fill the arches, then definitely go for it!
Posted 20 February 2004 - 10:45 PM
Thanks for your advice,
Posted 20 February 2004 - 10:53 PM
You'll need to slightly trim the wheel arch (the wing, not the plastic arch) so that the wheels dont rub but this is a very simple job and if you dont want to do it urself it should be very cheap to be done by somebody else!
That's what I would do. Just save up till then and keep an eye out for used sets of 12x6 wheels on ebay and classifieds etc. they come up for cheap every so often!
minicooperman: they hardly affect handling. They make the car more stable, less nifty, but you probably wont notice anyway.
Posted 21 February 2004 - 08:24 AM
If you are going to use them tho, dont go any bigger that 3/4" for safety reasons, and make sure you get the ones that come with long studs, not the screw on stud extensions.
Old Blue had 3/4" on the front with 10" and 13" wheels and it handled fine and I didnt notice any bad effects from it...
Posted 27 February 2004 - 10:59 PM
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