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In another thread, cahilj suggested spacing the bearing away from the spindle as the proper alternative to using wheel spacers. I would like to know how to do this.

Could someone tell me the proper way to add some space (only a few mm) between the spindle and the bearing?

Thanks!
 

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theophile said:
88cavalierz24 said:
ughhhh get a spacer and put it inbetween the hub and the knuckle????
You don't say...

What kind of spacer? Are these things vehicle-specific?
im gonna take a guess and say that they dont make them and if they do probly not for cavs so would end up having to be machined.
 

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88cavalierz24 said:
theophile said:
88cavalierz24 said:
ughhhh get a spacer and put it inbetween the hub and the knuckle????
You don't say...

What kind of spacer? Are these things vehicle-specific?
im gonna take a guess and say that they dont make them and if they do probly not for cavs so would end up having to be machined.
....it all goes back to GET THE RIGHT DAMN WHEELS!!!! lol.
 

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88cavalierz24 said:
theophile said:
88cavalierz24 said:
ughhhh get a spacer and put it inbetween the hub and the knuckle????
You don't say...

What kind of spacer? Are these things vehicle-specific?
im gonna take a guess and say that they dont make them and if they do probly not for cavs so would end up having to be machined.
or use 3 washers lol, probably not the safest way to go but it will get the job done
 

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seanski said:
88cavalierz24 said:
theophile said:
88cavalierz24 said:
ughhhh get a spacer and put it inbetween the hub and the knuckle????
You don't say...

What kind of spacer? Are these things vehicle-specific?
im gonna take a guess and say that they dont make them and if they do probly not for cavs so would end up having to be machined.
or use 3 washers lol, probably not the safest way to go but it will get the job done
lol i was gonna say that but didnt want to get my head chewed off for it not being "safe".
 

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whitelightning2 said:
If you space the bearing out it will pull the inner CV out that much more.. It dosen't take much before it will pull completely out.. then you are hosed.
I was going to mention that, and that you would need custom length axles to keep the CV joints from coming apart.

for 2mm, I would just use wheel spacers, or get the proper offset wheels. I dislike wheel spacers VERY much, especially after using some on my truck a few years ago, and then switching to a wheel that didn't need the spacer. My truck came with 1/8" or 3/16" wheel spacers for the wheels that were on it when I got it.
 

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theophile said:
I've already got 8mm wheel spacers; I need another 2-3mm.
HOLY PHUCK.
Dude seriously, sell the rims, and buy the proper offset, 10mm of wheel spacer is not good.

I know you don't want to sell them, but for safety sake, just heed our advice.
 

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theophile said:
What is the difference between 40mm offset and 48mm offset with 8mm spacers?
Therad engagement of the lugnuts to the studs. The front of these car shas less than what I would consider good without spacers, take away 8 mm of thread engagement and you have just a few threads holding your wheels on. Also hub engagement. The hub, or raised part in the middle of the lugnuts is what is spuuposed to support the car, NOT the lugnuts. WIthout this being engaged properly or the car resting on this part of the rim, the load is them transfered through the wheel studs on a side load that they were never intended to carry.
 

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Okay, assume I install longer studs (which I'm planning on). I've been running on lug-centric rims for 4 years and the only time I had a problem was a very close call on the highway where I sheared off 3 studs because I had forgotten to tighten the lugs after doing some suspension work.

Anyway, if I have the longer studs and therefore adequate thread engagement, and if I tighten the lugs down properly in the "star" pattern, from a safety standpoint, I shouldn't have a problem, right?
 

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theophile said:
Okay, assume I install longer studs (which I'm planning on). I've been running on lug-centric rims for 4 years and the only time I had a problem was a very close call on the highway where I sheared off 3 studs because I had forgotten to tighten the lugs after doing some suspension work.

Anyway, if I have the longer studs and therefore adequate thread engagement, and if I tighten the lugs down properly in the "star" pattern, from a safety standpoint, I shouldn't have a problem, right?
In theory no, but even communisim looks good on paper.

You will be worlds ahead to get the proper offset rims, instead of putting a band-aid on it.
 

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theophile said:
I know. But I don't feel I have that option.
There is always that option. You can sell your current rims and buy new ones or used ones with the proper offset, hell you may even be able to find someone to trade with that has the proper offset, where they need what you have.
 
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