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how safe are adapters?

hey guys im trying to look into adapters for certain rims
has any1 used or can some1 comment on a safety of adapters that look like this(from experience or knowledge):

im doubting the safety of device such as that

btw i cant find any relevant posts :S
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hey guys im trying to look into adapters for certain rims
has any1 used or can some1 comment on a safety of adapters that look like this(from experience or knowledge):
im doubting the safety of device such as that

btw i cant find any relevant posts :S
I'm sure they are safe since they are designed properly. However, good luck finding a wheel that will have the appropriate offset so that you don't have a 4x4. From everything I've seen these are for a 4x4 application where tires sticking out of the wheel well won't matter much.

Why not do a hub swap to a 5x4.5? You should have a lot more choices then.

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i kinda like 4x4 look myself haha
hubswap isnt in the budget

i just found a guy whos selling the rims i love for cheap but only thing is that it needs to have thouse adapters to fit my bird. so im a little scared jumping into something i know nothing about :S
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i kinda like 4x4 look myself haha
hubswap isnt in the budget

i just found a guy whos selling the rims i love for cheap but only thing is that it needs to have thouse adapters to fit my bird. so im a little scared jumping into something i know nothing about :S
I don't think you understand. The cost of those adapters is typically more than each wheel costs. They also will make your wheel stick out about 2" from the normal position.

It's not something you want to waste money on.

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hey guys im trying to look into adapters for certain rims
has any1 used or can some1 comment on a safety of adapters that look like this(from experience or knowledge):
http://i10.ebayimg.com/04/i/000/7b/ba/1694_1_b.JPG
im doubting the safety of device such as that

btw i cant find any relevant posts :S
I'm sure they are safe since they are designed properly. However, good luck finding a wheel that will have the appropriate offset so that you don't have a 4x4. From everything I've seen these are for a 4x4 application where tires sticking out of the wheel well won't matter much.

Why not do a hub swap to a 5x4.5? You should have a lot more choices then.
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Usually the minimum thickness for the bolt-on style spacer / adapters is 1", sometimes 1-1/4". As mentioned, most times you will end up with the wheels being pushed out past the edge of the fenders on our cars, since you need a high positive offset wheel to start with, and making it stick out another inch or more doesn't help. You won't find much choice in wheels that have enough positive offset to start with, that would still go under an MN-12 once you figure in the spacer thickness.

Bolt-on spacer / adapters are safe, as long as they are correctly torqued to the vehicle hubs, and that torque is rechecked periodically. I have a set on the front of my 68 Cougar, because the 18" wheels I chose weren't available in the correct offset in the width needed for the front of the car. They'll also give me more spoke clearance to the large brakes that are going on. Haven't had any issues with them in 5,000 miles of driving last summer.

Spacers that are hubcentric to the vehicle hub, and the wheel bore, are the best type. Eibach, H&R, and other companies sell the hubcentric spacers for some vehicles. For an MN-12, custom made adapters to 4.5" are available, but are expensive. Unless you [I]really[I] need to get a specific set of wheel on a car, it usually makes more sense to either get some wheels in the correct pattern, or go with the option of a hub swap in our case.


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i agree with um.....uhhh....the finger...and everyone here lol

just swap over to the 5 X 4.5 seeing how those adapters dont look too safe and yes do extend them 2" outwards changing the way the tires sit on the road. maybe if maybe you found some rims that had an offset to oversee the adapters thickness then yea it could work.
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sry i forgot to mention that adapters come WITH rims and rubber so its a package deal for a purchaser
it sounds like the guy had it rubbing a bit in the rear but thread is about 80% remaining

thanks for into "fast Ed N" that answers my question
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Tires have "tread", not thread ... that's what holds your clothes together.


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