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I want to widen the back wheel spacing to make them stick out of the well the same as the front. Are they any downsides to using wheel spacers? I ones I want to use are 1/4". I have heard that they cause more stress on suspension components? Will I be fine running these or will they end up causing damage in the long run?
 

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Spacers are a great alternative to the proper offset wheel for your car. I have run a 5/16" spacer on my Cobra with stock studs--but I really didn't feel comfortable with it. I think that 5 threads are needed to secure your wheel on your car, but I've seen wheel shop impact guys strip a stud and that makes driving dangerous. This isn't going to stress your suspension components--we're not talking someone who is installing reverse offset wheels on a lowrider (no offense to our lowriding brothers)--that is like pushing your wheels out like 5". Your inside edge of your tires aren't going to be flush with the mounting surface of your wheel. I have race studs on my car, I think they are 3", and I wouldn't hesitate to use a 1" spacer on my car if the need should arise. Some will argue that spacers aren't safe, but open wheel race cars use them often as well as many serious road race cars. I would recommend that you use wisdom and don't go too wide on stock studs. Check these sites for more professional information:
http://www.hmsmotorsport.com/store/suspension/wheel-hardware/spacers
http://www.performancealloys.com/alloy_wheel_spacers.asp


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It's comical when the very first wheel spacer that shows up on their website is one that is totally incorrectly designed and can kill you.
 
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