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Wheel spacers for GT?

Hey all

I was looking into adding some minor things to my new GT and came across novitec's wheel spacers.

The have a couple here :
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which ones would you recommend?

EDIT: one more thing ... is this real ? http://www.turbonator.com/WhatIsIt.html

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Re: Wheel spacers for GT?

You must buy the more expensive hub-centric spacers but I'd keep the spacers to either 10mm or 12mm.

Also note that it advises that the grease caps on the rear hub will need to be removed and this is definitely the case. Also the wheel bolts may just come in one standard length so could be much longer than expected - just something to watch
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Re: Wheel spacers for GT?

what wheels/tyres are on the GT - what offset? and what are you wanting to achieve - improved 'look', or altered handling?

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what wheels/tyres are on the GT - what offset? and what are you wanting to achieve - improved 'look', or altered handling?

mostly improve looks .. i dont want the tyres to go outside the body though, just a little outer than what they are now.

its the standard 18" wheels with pirelli 225/40 .. i didnt change anything in the car yet except painting the rims . its only done 3000km ..
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I'm thinking of something like this too.

Not had a proper look yet, thinking 12mm or 15mm.

What difference would it make to handling? I can't imagine much.

A strut brace is tempting too.
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Re: Wheel spacers for GT?

I ran 15mm spacers on my Selespeed with 16" wheels for a few years - really makes a huge difference to the look.

As to handling it changes it a bit but didnt feel like a huge difference
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As to handling it changes it a bit but didnt feel like a huge difference
For better or for worse??

I wouldn't want to spoil the handling of the GT anymore than the Rosso's already do.
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If I remember correctly it felt more stable but a bit softer but I'm not sure how it would feel with 18's
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Not had a proper look yet, thinking 12mm or 15mm.
that's a fair bit. not sure what the limit would be, before you'd have tyre-rub. i would think 10mm is as much as you'd want to go; that's the equivalent of an offset of about +28mm on a 7.5" wheel (presuming the wheels you have are 18x7.5" with +38mm offset).

might be ok on the 'straight ahead', but full-lock on steering will probably rub. may not be a big deal.

in terms of handling, it will depend upon the wheel alignment. to facilitate turn-in, you might need more toe-out, but that won't help tyre-wear, and may not help straight-ahead stability. neutral toe should mean the car won't turn-in quite as sharply (bad). the difference becomes more apparent with a wider 'track'.

so, with normal track (ie: normal width, no spacers), toe between +2mm (slight toe-out) and 0mm (neutral) might be about right. with a wider track, you'd probably need toe-out of +5mm to achieve similar handling to +2mm on the normal car.

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so, with normal track (ie: normal width, no spacers), toe between +2mm (slight toe-out) and 0mm (neutral) might be about right. with a wider track, you'd probably need toe-out of +5mm to achieve similar handling to +2mm on the normal car.
5mm toe-out...
That would be far too much and would destroy the inner edge of the tyres in no time at all.
Even the 2.4mm toe-out of the std GT 3.2 is excessive.

I've been running 15mm spacers with 0mm front toe for years.
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So much to take in.

Tyre wear wouldn't be much of an issue as I don't do many miles.

With a 12mm spacer, would anything else need to be adjusted?? And would it alter the handling??

Plain english please folks.

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Re: Wheel spacers for GT?

Setting the front alignment to parallel is the way to reduced tyre wear especially on lowered cars.

Nothing on my 156 needed to be changed except the wheel locating lug which will obviously be in the way of the spacer. This lug is really there to stop the brake disc from rotating on the hub when the wheel bolts are not fitted ie when changing the wheel.

You can fit a long bolt or maybe just do without it but this can make it more fiddly to change the wheel as the hub may turn and the bolt holes wont line up.

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