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Alright, I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I've encountered some probs with my spacers. It could be due to the retro Volvo center caps I used on my steelies. <p>Anyway, when I mounted the left rear wheel on the car, it pushed the center cap out in a not so straight way, however, since it seemed the wheel was flush, I didn't worry about it. Washing the car to shoot it on Friday, I found some of the lugs were loose, so I tightened them.<p>Tonight I took the car on a two hour trip (each way) and heard what I thought was rubbing. Apparently the lugs worked loose again (something ain't right) and one of the studs actually sheered off of the spacer. I'm going to pull the wheel and take a closer look tomorrow. <p>Figures this'd happen on such a cold day, and with me going out of town tomorrow. <p>This is just not an easy process.
 

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Re: Spacer Damaged.... coulda been ugly ([email protected])

I'm sorry to hear that. I've driven my car once when I forgot to torque down one corner (only tight, probably not more than 20-30ft-lbs), and after a 10 mile round trip and some odd suspension behavior, I discovered that a couple lugnuts were loose. However, I'm not sure why that would happen if you had torqued the lug nuts properly (60+ft-lbs). Maybe the lugnuts don't have the right seat for the wheels? Some are tapered, some are round, and I don't know any more than that except that I would expect your wheels to use tapered lugnuts.<p>I bought a damaged Volan wheel a while back that had the lug holes greatly enlarged, most likely due to someone driving on loose wheel bolts. This can quickly damage an alloy wheel, so check to make sure the holes in your wheel are not severely damaged. Maybe a part of the center cap actually wedged between the spacer and the wheel when you torqued it, causing the torque to seem correct, and then later the cap works loose a little and it starts vibrating and moving. I would definitely pull those caps out and retorque the wheels.<p>It's not THAT cold. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> I might put on my snow tires today just in case we get a couple inches tonight. I want to be able to play in it this time, instead of being stuck in my driveway.
 

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Re: Spacer Damaged.... coulda been ugly (towerymt)

Thanks for the input. I'm going to remove the rear spacers and put the stock wheels back on the rear and seeif I can figure this out. I haven't had a chance to pull them yet, but will do so.<p>the lugs were tapered btw.<br>
 
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