View Full Version : Wheel spacers?

09-12-2005, 07:32 PM
Can't afford new rims yet(buying a new $2,000 PRS guitar)a sample (http://www.prsguitars.com/showcase/current/custom.html)
I have been a musician since the age of 4.

ANYWAY...I was thinking of getting spacers for my rear wheels. You know how 99's rear wheels look like they're in further than the fronts? Are spacers bad? any cons to them as far as damage to bearings or anything from putting the wheels further apart. like alignment. I mean ANY cons. Any suggestions for the spacing or does it not matter mechanically.

09-12-2005, 10:50 PM
Nice Snake, nice color combo (but, I'm biased..have a '96 white/saddle leather) :D

I've never heard of adding wheel-spacers, think that most opt for either the Steeda or the Eibach lowering kit (hi-po springs that lower the profile of the car between 1-1/4-to-1-1/2 inches, front and rear). The profile of the car looks much nicer, and, because of the lower profile, the car handles better and is much less subject to swirling blasts of air from ill-trained truckers. :bounce:

Eibach Pro-System Lowering Kit (http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=Eibach+Pro-System,+Cobra&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=ff&oi=froogler)

The bad news: it might cost you nearly as much as the PRS to do so, unless you are mechanically inclined and have the necessary equipment to change all four springs. (The springs aren't that expensive [see hyperlink above], but the labor to install them might well be a little pricey...Others in the Forum likely know--from experience, good or bad--and might prove helpful in their input, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if it costs me over $2000 for the upcoming "shotgun" suspension treatment on Lorena, the high-mileage Cobra queen (110K).

By the way, this is off topic a bit but might help you kill two birds with one stone: If you're keen on the sound a very nice hand-crafted Tele, the guitar at the hyperlink below is miles nicer than a PRS (was made by one of the world's premiere guitar luthiers, John Buscarino, and, in spite of the high "Buy It Now" price, will not likely sell for more than $1000--probably closer to $750, reserve price permitting. (The Buy It Now price of $2000 is "pie-in-the-sky", as I own two of the nicer solid-body guitars made by John, and neither would bring that kind of money on eBay, nor would I ever be willing to sell either--consider them both to be priceless instruments.) Even so, not many guitarists actually know who John is--that he studied under both "Auggie" D'Augustino and Bob Benedetto. Further, John is still alive and making instruments, so his early-years, solid-body electric guitars are not yet "collector's items", as the eBay listing claims:

Buscarino Tele on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Buscarino-Tele-Style-Guitar_W0QQitemZ7349663494QQcategoryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Professor Chaos

09-13-2005, 03:52 AM
You can get spacers to widen your stance in the rear, but I wouldn't go over a 3/8" spacer when using your stock studs!


Get these that include the longer shank'd lugs so that you are sure you get enough threads on the studs!

If you want a much wider stance, then I'd opt for the MM spacers with the studs on them.


Hope this helps you out! :D

No real down falls as long as you make sure you have enough threads engaged on the studs. The first link would be the best bet :thumbsup:
Plus they are one of the clubs vendors ;)

RF Cobra
09-13-2005, 08:31 AM

The first link would be the best bet :thumbsup:
Plus they are one of the clubs vendors ;)
Well said! :D

Our vendors are more than willing to help with promotional items and raffle prizes along with giving members discounts. However, we are at risk of losing some of them because what I am hearing back from them is they are not getting any business from SCMC members so they want to know why they should continue to provide free merchandise.

So, if we want to keep getting great stuff for prizes at the shows next year we need to show our appreciation by shopping with them which will also benefit you if you are a member by getting you the club discount.

Supply & Demand principle; they will supply prizes etc. as long as they see a demand (we buy from them). :)

09-13-2005, 09:55 AM
Thanks Infamous. Yeah if i were to buy some it would be the ones with the studs, to go wider(1"-1 3/8" tops). I wish they made the 99's in a 10"wide rim. I'd just go buy two of them!! Have to improvise i guess.
I am going to lower it first, then I'll see if i still want to widen the rear(probably so).

Hey Professor. Oh, I'll be doing the install myself for sure. My bro in law has ever freakin tool there is. As far as that guitar, totally not my speed, but nice. I only have $600 left to go on the PRS and it's mine(i gave $1700 new). My main axe is a 1980 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst!!! :D

Thanks for everyone's help!

09-13-2005, 11:07 AM
Matt I had 1.25 spacers on the back of my 01 and drove it a few months with no problems. IMO is wish I would have put on 1" spacers. I hope this helps


09-13-2005, 08:11 PM
This is Ken Burt's old 2001 cobra. He had 25mm spacers on the rear. I thought it looked great!


09-15-2005, 07:56 AM
Yeah I definately need the spacers!! Makes a big difference. Hey Rob, how come 1 inch? Does the 1.25 look a little awkward? Hard to tell in that pic. I thought they looked good! Thanx as always fellas!

09-15-2005, 08:51 PM
Yeah I definately need the spacers!! Makes a big difference. Hey Rob, how come 1 inch? Does the 1.25 look a little awkward? Hard to tell in that pic. I thought they looked good! Thanx as always fellas!
Matt Main reason my 01 had 8 inch rims my 04 9 inch rims. I also recommend the spacers with the lip, but the ones I bought through ebay did not have. anyways no problems

09-16-2005, 09:56 AM
my 98 already had them when I bought it. It's one of those "bolt the spacer to the car, bolt the wheel to the spacer" deals... It seems to have its own studs but I haven't taken the wheels off yet