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Has anyone had any bad experiences with wheel spacers. I am attempting to put some alum wheels on my 67 and I will need about 1/2 inch spacer to clear upper ball joint. Everyone tells me that they will cause problems but I have yet come across anyone with a legitimate experience. Any help will be greatly appreciated. -Tommy
 

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i'd stay clear of spacers if i were you, i've heard of a car at the track here that a wheel came off, bounced into the crowd and killed a spectator, maybe another wheel with a different off set will do the job better.

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A 1/2 inch spacer is pretty extreme. A 1/4 to 1/8 spacer is OK , but beyound that, you'll have to put in longer wheel lugs. you can get your old ones out by taking the bearing spool off and driving the lug out the back, either by press or hammer and drift. Most Autoparts stores should have an assortment to match up a longer lug (stud) for you. You want No less, I mean NO LESS than 5/8ths inch of full thread engagement. If the threads in your lug nut don't start for a 1/8th or 3/16ths of an inch, be aware of that and add that extra length in. So look to have about 3/4 inch of lug showing with the wheel in place.

Tom Kubler, Long-time Mustang Enthusiast & San Antonio Mustang Club Founder
 
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