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 Post subject: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:33 pm 
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We've had quite a few posts about wheel/tyre size and seems fitting wider tyres sin't an option for most, eg., mine are 215/60/17 and any wider would rub on the inner arch. What about wheel spacers? Years ago we used to use these on Minis to get a wider track so could these be used for the X Trail - add 25mm to allow a wider tyre?
May be talking out of my toolbox but thought I'd ask the question anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:38 pm 
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Vandy wrote:
We've had quite a few posts about wheel/tyre size and seems fitting wider tyres sin't an option for most, eg., mine are 215/60/17 and any wider would rub on the inner arch. What about wheel spacers? Years ago we used to use these on Minis to get a wider track so could these be used for the X Trail - add 25mm to allow a wider tyre?
May be talking out of my toolbox but thought I'd ask the question anyway.
Wheel spacers need longer studs Vandy.


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:41 pm 
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Ah you see - said I was talking out of my toolbox! I'll be off now and crawl back under my stone :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:46 pm 
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Ah you see - said I was talking out of my toolbox! I'll be off now and crawl back under my stone :oops:
I was thinking that way too Vandy, but there would also be a problem with the wheel hitting the wheel arch unless you widened them out.


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:14 pm 
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This was the type of thing I was thinking about?

http://www.performancealloys.com/alloy-search-results.aspx?ModelID=2527&PCDID=5&tab=3

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:33 pm 
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I've seen a lot on these fora about X-Trail wheelbearings. If it's true, and the design is a bit marginal, I'd expect wheels spacers to make things a great deal worse in that respect!


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:24 am 
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I've seen a lot on these fora about X-Trail wheelbearings. If it's true, and the design is a bit marginal, I'd expect wheels spacers to make things a great deal worse in that respect!
I have to agree it's not ideal and the way to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:36 pm 
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Its safe to run up to a 2.5mm spacer the standard studs are more than ok to take that


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Spacers
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:02 am 
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It's not so much the studs (a spacer shouldn't really put much more load on them anyway), but the bearings. Moving the wheel further out puts more load on those (and the struts).


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