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Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 07:32:05 -0400
From: KeithG <noonenospamay.com>
Subject: Re: [Saab_c900] Wheel spacers for use with Ronal/Shelby wheels?


Craig, I am just guessing here... Don't the 'Shelbys' had a straight shank (Mag Style) nut with a washer just below the hex? http://www.mcgard.com/custserv/tech_support.asp You may need to buy a set of lug nuts which are the right thread pitch then machine them to length so that they tighten down properly. There are different lug nut washers. I would NOT use a spacer if I could avoid it. You have a set of rims which are dimensionally correct and do not rub on your car when the wheel mount flange is against the rotor face. I know I went through this with a friend that had an older set of Saab rims a couple years ago. I think we found something at Jegs, IIRC. By the way, 114.3mm is exactly 4.5in... Determine the stud diameter and pitch (12mm x 1.25mm?) and desired shank depth and see what Jegs and Summitt have. good luck, Keith Craig's Saab C900 Site wrote: > Hi everyone, > > I've been having problems finding lugnuts the right length to use with the > Shelby wheels fitted to my 1983 900S. I've had to install additional > washers under the lugnuts on a couple of the wheels as the nuts have > bottomed out (only just) on the brake disks. > > Short of trying to track down special lengths of lugnuts, I'm looking at > wheel spacers as another approach. There are quite a few places selling > wheel spacers that work with 4 x 114.3 mm wheels, but very few seem to > have the openings large enough to accept the lugnuts that the Shelby > wheels require (with a shank going all the way through the wheel to keep > them positioned properly). If the lugnut openings are slightly chamfered > it's probably a moot point as the nuts that bottom out would only be going > too far by 0.5 mm at the most! Come and explore our site, and check out > our web-forums, mailing list, etc. > > The closest thing I have found which is actually made for Saab's on Ebay > is this listing: > > http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33749&item=7966016037&rd=1 > > But the seller has written back to me saying they're not suitable for 4 x > 114.3 mm wheels. That's a pity since the look to have bolt openings which > are big enough to suit the lugnuts used to hold the shelby wheels in > place, but since the nuts are exactly the same depth as the hub section of > each Shelby wheel, it probably doesn't matter. > > In any case, I've been checking out a few others, namely: > > http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7965147545&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT > > and > > http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7965163361&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT > > Spacers that are about 10 mm or under would be fine I think as they won't > move the wheels out too far from the stock position but still allow the > current bolts to be used. As a benefit the lugnuts would sit a short > distance away from the brake disks but not have too little threaded > section of the bolts to bite onto. > > What are your views on this idea? None of the auto part places around this > area carry lugnuts that are slightly shorter than the ones I'm using now, > so using spacers would give the car a slightly wider track and allow the > lugnuts to secure the wheels properly without having to use multiple > washers under some of the nuts. > > Regards, > > Craig.

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