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Kent Westfield

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Kent Westfield

Gents, 

 

I have Westfield SEW which I believe is running a Mk 2 Escort life rear axle.

 

It has spacers for the rear wheel, but with the current wheels the look around the wheel arches is horrible. Ie the wheels do not fit the width of the whee arches

 

My view is that this gap is too big to build up with even bigger spacers but wonder if it the combination of wider spacers with wider, smaller offset wheels will be sufficient ?

 

any experiences ?

 

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Geoffrey Carter (Buttercup)

If you are changing wheels then why dont you get the correct offset.

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Kent Westfield
29 minutes ago, Geoffrey Carter (Buttercup) said:

If you are changing wheels then why dont you get the correct offset.

I will do just that, but I guess finding the right fix between wheel offset, rim width and spacers is what i was hoping to get some guidances on from people similar set up.

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Chris King - Webmaster

You will need to measure the offset of your current wheels (google is your friend) then use willtheyfit.com to see what difference any new wheel choice makes 👍

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Geoffrey Carter (Buttercup)

Does this help.

 

 

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6carjon

As above comments , the gap looks far too big to close with a spacer and still have enough protruding threads to safely put the nuts on.

Spacers that big may put too much strain on the other axle component and bearing too.

Do measure your wheels as if you have a front drive offset such as ET37 or ET40 it will look a bit like this and lost in the arch. You can move to an ET20 or less if your measurements allow.

Imagine a change of 22mm in arch fill 😃 moving from ET37 to ET15?

 

Good luck and measure more than three times before pressing buy !

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BigSkyBrad

Whether it's a change in ET or the use of spacers, near enough the same fulcrum effect will be placed on the hubs and bearings. Also mind that if you change the ET with a full set of new wheels, the front track will also change and the front fenders will need to be moved further out (the pic shows them very snug as it is).

 

To save the same problem, I got custom spacers for about £60 made by https://www.superforma.co.uk/

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BillyPee

Hi @Kent Westfield, lovely looking car but I agree that filling the rear arches would improve it. I can see you have detachable rear arches so it might be worth checking that they are the standard width to make sure they aren't making the problem worse.

 

I have fitted hub-centric spacers on the drums on mine, something like 17 mm on mine. The hub-centric aspect to it is a recess which mates to the lip on the drum. When I did this, I changed from bolts to studs which makes it so much easier to get the wheel back on. If you haven't got studs fitted, now would be the time to do it (I got mine from Rally Direct).

 

As others have said, you can calculate the ET with careful measurement. One thing to bear in mind is the tyre you will be fitting as some tyres have quite straight sidewalls |_| and others bulge out much more (_). I found this out and had to change my tires to prevent rubbing. Also, don't forget that it can rub on the inside of the tub as well as the lip of the wheel arch.

 

 

 

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Rob R1

Just had the same issue when changing from minilights with 0 et on the rear to wheels with et 20. Bought set of eibach 30mm that bolt to the original studs and have there own studs for wheel fitment. in have wide rear arches on mine so this was what was causing the issue with et20 .Looks spot on now with the eibach jobs on there.

 

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Rob R1

Oh and as a matter of interest the eibach store in Poland were £30 cheeper than the uk outlet and delivered in 5 days which was quicker than the uk store!!

 

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LythamBrownie

Rob - I need to do the same..... what we’re the exact ones you ordered from Eibach?

KR

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