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G'day guys and Gals...

Just wondering if anybody has put custom wheels on their 88 U.S. Spec car.

I was thinking of maybe updating the current ones with some sho and shines...

Has anyone made their "88 Bling?

I believe that they are a custom make? if anyone knows of a set that will bolt straight on, it would save me some $$

thanks in advance

Justin


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If you have a USA Spec car, it'll have the inboard brakes?

That means the dish on your rear wheels is totally different.. you're effectively looking at wheels that will fit a Guigaro I think.

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the wheel offset on an US 88 is -17 . . . which means you just need spacers . . . i purchased some monoblock 2001 lotus OZ wheels from a V8. I ordered the 35mm spacers from marcus . . .

pukespritracing . . .

the V8 wheels were +20 offset . . . so I should be in the ballgame . . .

Interesting numbers

1 inch = 25.4 mm so

25mm spacer = .98 inches

35mm spacer = 1.37 inches

Difference between US spec 88 and V8 offset = -20.3mm to +17mm = 37.3mm or 1.47 inches outward

The wheels on a V8 were 2 inches wider on the back, so you still have a more full fender well even with 35mm spacers. Any spacer will move your offset to the positve side from inside to outside.

Good luck . . .

Edited by CBrownstead

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Thanks Guys

I do have the Citroen Tranny, as it is definately an 88 US spec.

I am not sure if spacers are legal here in Oz though, I know they used to be, but do recall seeing them at a speed shop a while ago.

If they are legal again, do we know what else has the same stud pattern? most likely a GM or Toyota?

It woudl be good if i can get some off the shelf wheels with some spacers, to get them custom built in 3 piece wheels is going to cost $4000AUD plus the tyres!

That works out to be about GBP$2k which is a lot of money for a set of wheels. If I were to put them on a mondeo they would cost me a third that price.

Thanks for all your input to date

Justin


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I wish there were a similar pattern . . . lotus is 5x108 I think . . .anyway . . . i purchased my spacers from Marcus (THE lotus man), they are original bolt pattern to original bolt pattern. I do know of a few friends that had the spacers made such that they were 5x108 to the lotus and then exposed a 5x130 I think . . . cannot remember . . . I have a couple porsches . . . and I have purchased wheel spacers for a 928 . .cannot remember the pattern, porsche has been pretty consistant for years, regardless of the wheel size, 15,16,18,19 . . . etc . .the bolt pattern has stayed fairly consistant. those germans do their engineering well . . .

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Mercury grand marquis and volvo and ferrari share the 5x108 bolt pattern.


Modifying esprit's.. now that's fun..

PS... I AM NOT A CERTIFIED MECHANIC.. I Have chosen to help those in need, in the past and must not be construed as being a certified technician.

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True I have both a 308 and a testarossa that have the 5x108 bolt pattern . . .problem with ferrari is that they shove their hubs out as far as they can get them for handling, always have . . .sot he testarossa uses +40mm offset on front and +53mm offset on the back . . .these would not fit under the wheelwell of the lotus . . .

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Yes... that is true. But, you can get wheel adapters, though I wouldn't be enthusiastic about a wheel adapter that large. However, I have discovered that the price of custom wheels is not that bad, so that's probably what I'll be doing.


Modifying esprit's.. now that's fun..

PS... I AM NOT A CERTIFIED MECHANIC.. I Have chosen to help those in need, in the past and must not be construed as being a certified technician.

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Yeah you are probably right Mark, might jut be easier to get some ROH or Simmons Three Piece wheels made to suit.

could not bring myself to put a volvo set of rims on the old girl...

Thanks again for your input guys

Justin


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there are a ton of porsche aftermarkets . . .if you are going to get spacers done, or you can get a toyota offset which will open up a world of wheels . . . i love the look of the OZ's, AWI and Saturns so I purchased those . . .

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Excellent!

I saw these on ebay last night, they are 5 x 109 with 40p offset

I dont reckon they will fit but they certainly are bling! they are off of a late model volvo...

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...E:X:AAQ:AU:1123

cheap at AUD$400, that is about 175GBP

Might do the exercise for fun to see how close i can get them


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