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Blackwatch Racing Wheels Spacers with PICS!

Sorry this has taken so long. I never seem to get a good pic. The wheelspacers REALLY make the car look more agressive. The car on the left looks rather sissified sitting next to the car on the right. The differences are even more noticable in person. These shots kind of suck.

Of course looks arent what is most important, they also allow you to run bigger tires without rubbing. Overall a great package!

I apologize for the quality of the pics. If there is an angle you wish to see please just post and I'll try and get the pic for you.

Car on the right is the wheel spacer car quite obviously.
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the rubber sticks out more, enough to look agressive, allow for bigger wheels and tires, and not rub.
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Very cool Can you explain the effect of the spacers and tires in terms of the suspension and handling. Also what tire options does this now give us?
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It means you can now run 245/40-17's at the back without rubbing.

My car currently has 245/40-17s rear & 225/45-16 front with no rubbing whatsoever.
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We're running 1/4" worth of spacers all the way around.

Theoretically, widening of the track increases the tire's leverage on the spring, thereby reducing the actual spring rate at the wheel.
In reality, the change is small enough that you will not be aware of the change in spring rate.
However, we definitley could tell the difference when we ran different offsets front and rear, so you will probably want to use the same number of spacers on every corner. That said, we have not tried every combination of tire and wheel out there, so your mileage may vary.

I'm sure the extra tire has a more profound effect on the car's handling than the extra offset.

As far as wheels go, I believe your only real option at the moment is the SSR.
I am currently working with another wheel manufacturer to bring you something light and strong, but I can't say any more right now.
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how do the spacers work with the SSR hubcentric rings?
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how do the spacers work with the SSR hubcentric rings?
They work fine. There is still plenty of hub for the hubcentric ring to seat onto. We have NO vibration at highway speeds that would be associated with a non centered wheel using the hubcentric method.




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