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Hub centric wheel spacer

I picked up a new set of wheels, and my rears fit fine, however my fronts need about a 5-7mm spacer to clear the caliper. I've been doing some looking around for a quality spacer that fits the Elige platform and match my desired specs. So far the best lead I've found is this:
Sparco Wheel Spacers - A1 Motorsports - SEIBON, VIS RACING, AEM, DC SPORTS, INJEN, NRG, SPARCO, TEIN, APEXI, SKUNK2, EIBACH, GREDDY, HKS

Now this is a 5mm spacer, I used a cheap AutoZone spacer to see how much clearance I needed, and the wheel spun freely, however it was quite close, so id prefer about a 7mm spacer.

Is there a better solution or resource than the above link?

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Those universal ones are cut with the same center bore on each side. If you want a perfectly tailored spacer, one with the Elise hub bore (female) and the new rim center bore (male) you'll need a machinist to custom cut it.

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Elise Parts - Steering & Suspension - Geometry - Wheel Spacers

Advice on the site is that 5mm is the maximum without changing to longer bolts/studs.
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Great advice guys! Im a scrub when it comes to wheels so this is much appreciated!

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so, based on what Aedo has said, I'm going to go ahead and order a 5mm spacer, hopefully this will work out for me in this application. My new wheels in the rear fit perfect, but after this spacer the fronts will poke out, so I've begun to make a set of flares for the front and rear fenders.
I planned on getting the above spacer, but after their customer service was rude and unhelpful I've decided to try this one out:
H&R DR 5mm Wheel Spacers Pair 4x100 56.6mm bore

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i too had to use 5mm spacers on my front...i advise putting them both front and rea as to not mess with th overall offset front to rear... if you have a good shop the wheels should have their own hub centric rings, mine did and they all worked out perfectly.

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Well the H&R spacers I ordered have been discontinued, so I'm looking again. The Sparco ones I linked to above would work, but have a few weeks of lead time because they are special order only. For the time being, I have fitted a "universal" spacer to my front wheels, but I'm getting vibrations in my steering wheel, so I would like to find something fast. I've contacted blackwatch about their spacers as well.

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FWIW, our spacers ABSOLUTELY ARE hub-centric. Very snub fit to the Lotus hub. Available in 3.175mm and 4.8mm. They can be stacked. You have about 9mm before the taper on the hub starts. Depending on the wheels we stack 3 sometimes on our XP car.

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http://www.blackwatchracing.com/Lotu...ers-p/1065.htm

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What the heck kind of brake rotors are those?? Interested to hear about that.
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To be perfectly clear, our spacers ABSOLUTELY ARE hub-centric. Very snub fit to the Lotus hub. Available in 3.175mm and 4.8mm. They can be stacked. You have about 9mm before the taper on the hub starts. Depending on the wheels we stack 3 sometimes on our XP car.

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I ended up ordering from BWR. The spacers work perfectly, and it was a flawless transaction. They were very informative and answered all my questions, and even went our of their way to get my order shipped quickly. Very pleased, will do business with them again!

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