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Hey all, I am new to the forum and recently bought a used 05 S60R (WOO!)..Anyway! it turns out that 2 of my rims have small bends in them and causing a small amount of vibration when moving 65+mph, so I need to either replace them or go aftermarket. Unfortunatly, as you all know the selection for aftermarket rims is crapola for our R's due to the 5x108 bolt pattern. My question to you is, why don't people use wheel adapters to change the pattern to a more popular one? I am aware that since these adapater do add thickness/spacing to our hub it probably would effect the offset of the wheel, but what other drawbacks are possible? Does this effect the performance/longivity of our vehicle? They make them in both aluminum and steel (steel being better is my guess). Here is a link to some generic ones that convert 5x108 to 5x114. <p><A HREF="http://www.ezaccessory.com/Wheel_Adapter_5_Lug_4_25_To_5_Lug_4_5_p/5425-5450.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ezaccessory.com/Whe...0.htm</A><p><br>Any response regarding this would be greatly apprecaited! Thanks all!<p>(Also I did search for a topic such as this and no such luck) Thank again in advance!
 

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Re: Wheel Adapters for The R: Good Or Bad? (Sleep_R)

Not only bolt pattern is a problem, but clearance of brembo brakes. If you add the adapter, it is like putting 20mm<+ spacer on front. You will not have fender clearance and this puts a hugh amount of load on the bearings and these are not hub centric.
 

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Re: Wheel Adapters for The R: Good Or Bad? (Sleep_R)

Be careful - VERY careful. The link you showed indicated a 1" thick adapter. That's 25.4mm. That's HUGE ET for our cars. Most I've ever heard on this board go is 15mm spacer. So I'm not sure if this idea is doable. Do these adapters come any thinner without sacrificing mechanical soundness? Inner bore is another issue as our wheels are hub centric and it looks like you lose this "added" structural and mechanical feature in this idea as those folks without the correct hub size have almost always complained about shimmying, vibration, or other non-linear feelings in this car.
 

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Re: Wheel Adapters for The R: Good Or Bad? (s140s)

lol shoot me....maybe ill call a local wheel shop and see if they can fix these bends and save myself some $$$...damn you 5x108! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I figure you could just change the offset of the wheel to compensate for the et change? No? As you can tell I am not very educated in the wheel department <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thank you for the help, just thought id give it a shot...damn
 

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You can do it but have to be carefull of offset and such . <p>Like the volutions I have they need a 10mm spacer that I am going to have made that will be hubcentric . <p>I would look at jaguar wheels with a big spacer to work, at least most of those are 5x108 its just will have to figure out your spacer to make them work .
 

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Re: Wheel Adapters for The R: Good Or Bad? (Sleep_R)

aftermarket wheels that fit R's can be found here<p><A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com/</A>
 

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Re: Wheel Adapters for The R: Good Or Bad? (Sleep_R)

Ever thought about fill and redrill to make the bolt patter fits??<br>(People who has no actual experience about that and want to dis about it please just wait. Others who has done this before feel free to share)
 
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