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Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 12:47:20 +1000 (EST)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <c900nospam.apana.org.au>
Subject: [Saab_c900] Wheel spacers for use with Ronal/Shelby wheels?


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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