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MGB567
Barrie Braxton

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Adapters and spacers
Posted by: MGB567
Date: October 19, 2017 05:15AM

I've asked this on MGE Swaps but I thought I'd ask here too.

When you put either a spacer or adapter on the front in particular it seems to me that you're changing the load on the stub axle but IDK. Anyone care to comment?


(I have a Fastcars front end on my '79 GT; I bought the stock 51" and had my reasons for not buying the 53". Since then I've been "fiddling" with getting "the look" with rims & tyres in my flared guards. I have 15 x 7 rims with 0 offset but I wanted more so I've bought some 1" adapters (ie the adapter nuts onto the existing lugs and then has its own lugs).)


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Adapters and spacers
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 19, 2017 08:41AM

Barrie, you are overthinking it again, but yes it will increase the loading on the outer bearing, which should be able to handle it just fine unless you really get out of hand with it. Wheels offset to the outside will do the same thing.

Also, you increase camber jacking, so there. I've just given you a whole new category of worry materials. Have fun with it.

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Adapters and spacers
Posted by: rficalora
Date: October 19, 2017 09:15AM

Why not just contact Terry & see what he'd charge you to swap out for the longer control arms? Doubt that'd cost you more (or much more anyway) than buying a set of 1" spacers.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Adapters and spacers
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 19, 2017 11:10AM

What Rob said!


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(455 posts)

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12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
MGB Sebring GT, Arkley Spriget, Lotus 7 Stalker 3.9 Rover, 1275cc, 3.4 V6

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Re: Adapters and spacers
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: October 19, 2017 11:59AM

Barrie..that is an excellent question that that I have wondered about for years....thanks for posting!


MGB567
Barrie Braxton

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Re: Adapters and spacers
Posted by: MGB567
Date: October 19, 2017 06:59PM

Thanks for the replies.

Yes I could approach FC about buying the longer bits but by having the adapters i have the flexibility to go back to the original track given the issues here with that when getting the car approved. In the end I may well go back to FC and see what might be done but I just wanted to get an idea in my overthinking mind (it's really a novice mind as I've never done anything like this before - I now have the luxury) about load. Now I need to go school myself in "camber jacking".


MG four six eight
Bill Jacobson
Wa state
(274 posts)

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10/23/2007 02:15AM

Main British Car:
73 MGB Buick 215, Eaton/GM supercharger

Re: Adapters and spacers
Posted by: MG four six eight
Date: October 19, 2017 09:30PM

Barrie,

Something to keep in mind. The further you space the wheels out, the more sensitive the car will be to road shock and steering/tire vibrations. Generally steering effort is increased as well, because the spacers will change your scrub radius.

Rob and Carl are correct, the best way to widen the track with out changing the scrub radius would be to go with longer A arms.

Bill



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