Had a '79 Dodge van bought new back in the vanning days.
Ran a 15x8 Fenton S/S wheel on the front (Cragar S/S clone) with a 1/2 thick
spacer to clear the caliper. Just had to have the deep dish look.
It was a uni-lug wheel. Used the longer lug nuts with the NHRA spec. hole in
the end lug nuts and never had a problem in the 160k miles the wheels where
on the truck.
The spec. lug nuts have the open cap as so inspectors can easily verify you
have longer studs installed without removing them. That was then anyway.
That van also got a set of big Hellwig sway bars fore n' aft and corner
limits where explored on a regular basis by dogging Beemers and other sporty
cars down off ramps.
Zero problems with wheels loosening up in those 160k miles.
"anything you say can & will be misquoted & used against you"
I would try to find steel ones Doc. I can't believe you couldn't find a pair
of steelies for that truck? For winter wheels that's what I would have done,
what $25 brand new at the 'zone with them thar fancy red OR blue pin stripe
round the edge....
1. I did get steel wheels, they are just nicely chromed!
2. You obviously aren't married: they had to be "pretty." I tried to get
the black Cragars w/ red pinstripe for $30/each but the wifey had other
3. The wheels you refer to don't have the correct backspacing either.
Ya women suck.... so do mini trucks.... I'd offer you the stock steelies on
my S10 but I finally had it towed away, and I cleaned out a spot in my
cellar and had my entire jimmy in the cellar last night!! So psyched....!
I'm not partial too wheel spacers of any kind. The "better" kind bolt
directly too the axle, and then the wheel bolts to the spacer.
I'm not really partial of anything that has force applied to it and is held
by "sandwich" (lift blocks for example).
Yeah, but with those you have to grind down the OE studs flush with the new
surface to get the wheels on, making reinstallation of the stock wheels
impossible. The minumum they come in is 1", and I only needed 1/2".
Regarding the sandwich, that's how your wheels are held on anyways!
The only steel spacers I have found are the hubcentric spacers. They start
at 1" and go up to 4" or so. The actually bolt to your existing studs, then
have their own set of studs that the wheel bolts to. The factory studs have
to be ground down to get the wheel on. They're pricey, cheapest I found was
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