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Old 03 Mar 2003, 02:57 am
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Has anyone here put wheel spacers on their PT? I was thinking that pushing the tires out for a wider stance might improve handling and besides I like the look of offsett wheels, but I like the look of my chrome 17" too. Would wheel spacers do the trick?

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Old 03 Mar 2003, 12:15 pm
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Very dangerous. You have less theads on the lug nuts Also could have a negtive affect the way the car handles. The only way you will achive the look you want is new wheels.
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Old 03 Mar 2003, 02:38 pm
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I agree the wheel spacers are a bad idea! Buy new wheels and then you don’t have to worry about it.

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Old 03 Mar 2003, 02:50 pm
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A good set of spacers will bolt directly to your hub and then have there own studs to bolt the wheels to so you are not having to use longer studs and capture both wheel and spacer. A lot of road race Mustangs use wheel spacers. If you are interested look at http://www.maximummotorsports.com/. They are very well know in the mustang set.

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Old 05 Mar 2003, 02:37 am
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Thanks Cal,
I thought thats how they worked. The site you refered to has four sizes, 25mm thru 40mm. Have any suggestions? By the way, I grew up in Ole HB, great town, miss cruizing along the PCH.<img src=icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 05 Mar 2003, 04:07 pm
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Sorry, I am new to the PT scene so I can't really make any recomendation at this point. I'm looking forward to some warm weather (I know, all the people in Minnesota are saying "what a pussy", but hey, it has been down in the 50's here!) so I can get out and put the 1st coat of wax on the PT and take it for a cruise.

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Old 05 Mar 2003, 04:36 pm
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Cal,
My friend put those kind of spacers on his PT and they work OK. BUT, you have to put them on just right because otherwise your tires hop like they are out of balance. It took him 2 or 3 tries to get his to ride smooth.


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Old 06 Mar 2003, 02:57 am
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..H&R makes the best I know. They are 'hub-centric' and will be as true as your wheel...they make 'em for the PT, we run a pair on the rear of our 5.0 Miata and give 'em a good test often...they'll hold up...

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Old 06 Mar 2003, 12:54 pm
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for the advise. I agree H&R seems to have the best deal and I like that they have spacers specifically designed for the PT Cruiser. All the other sites seem to be for off roading and I wasn't sure that Mustang parts would fit correctly. I also like the fact that the H&R spacers are an aluminum magnesium alloy, same material the hubs on my mountian bike are made of, great material. Livermore Performance is in my area which is also a plus so I don't have to pay for shipping cost. If anyone else is interested here is what LP has to say about the spacers.

Wider is better. Whether you are interested in fine-tunning your suspension,
increasing overall safety, enhancing performance and handling or making a
statement about your individual style. H&R TRAK+ wheel spacers do the job.

[quote]quote:Why is wider better?¬*¬*Trak+ wheel spacers widen the stance of your vehicle,
hence, providing a lower roll center. This increases the safety, performance
and handling of your fehicle through turns. How?¬*¬*These lightweight wonders
move your wheel out from the hub to fill the gap between the wheel and fender.
Filling the gap also provides your vehicle with a more aggressive stance and sleek style.

TRAK+ wheel spacers fit tightly over the wheel hub, henc providing optimum support and superior function. H&R¬*TRAK+ wheel spacers are made of aluminum/magnesium alloy and are hard anodized. These wheel spacers are hub-centric and up to 70% lighter than typical steel wheel spacers, yet just as strong. Not all spacers are listed, call for listings not displayed.

PT¬*Cruiser 5/100 57.1 Stud 12x1.5 DRM 25mm 50255711 $149.99[quote]

http://www.livermoreperformance.com/...20Spacers.html
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Aaahhhhh,

Back to posting, nice hiatus while Jody was upgrading the forum. Just wanted to let everyone know that I got and installed my wheel spacers today and DAMN they are good. The spacers added two inches to the wheel base, pushed the wheels out to a perfect stance.
I was expecting them to be a nice cosmetic change, but from the get go I could feel the difference in the ride and handling. Wider is better, smoother too. Turns seem to have less of a rolling feeling than the stock set up, more bite in the corners. And maybe it's me, but the bumps seem to smooth out as well, less gittery. I'm thinking that the extra width allows the wheel to travel more so the suspension has more travel? All I know is I got on the freeway on ramp, the big circular turn type, and I could speed along at 30 mph before I felt thr G's building. To me the stance of the car feels better too, more sure footed.
As for looks, the PT is looking a bit brawny too. The spacers give the wheels the extra beefy-ness I have been craving for.<img src=icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

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