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    Default Wheel problems - Alternatives?

    So on the rebuilt of my R8G I ran into a big problem.
    The 14" R16 wheels is off set more than the Delta Nics I had on. Result is the wheel pushing up against the steering rod ball joint making it impossible to turn. Any ideas to get it fixed?

    Thought of getting the rims made smaller on the inside and wider then t the outside. But it's expensive...

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    can you run spacer plates in SA?
    Pretty sure they are not road legal in Australia, but a 3-5mm plate if legal may bring the wheel far enough to clear?
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    If you want to use R16 wheels, then you need to have the centres reversed in the rims to get the correct offset.

    This was done quite commonly in Australia. Perhaps someone here has some of these rims and can tell you the proper offset. (It can be a bit more than that necessary for 13" wheels, as the steering arm and brake calipers can clear the 14" rims.)

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    Have a look at a stub axle assembly.
    The arm that fixes to the tie rod is welded in the stub axle assembly. At the back of that arm where it is welded is a centre hole and halfway up the arm is a little protrusion with another centre hole. Grind the welding of and press the arm out. That can now be put in a lathe between 2 centres and the back part that presses in the assembly can be machined a little longer/deeper.
    When you press the arm back up to it's new stop it will go in deeper shortening the arm a little.
    1) You now have clearance for your rim.
    2) The arm is stronger because it is shorter.
    3) You have less turns from lock to lock.
    4) No one will know it.
    5) Your steering geometry change is negligible small.

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    Thanks Frans this souns like a plan!

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    So I shortened the steering arms by 8mm. Had space for another 3 to 4 mm maximum but it still didn't clear. Had to bend the arms back by another 4mm Now they clear perfectly although the tie rod ends now are a little too long. But easy rectified.

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