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Old 06-26-2005, 09:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a set of 18's that I had mounted to a 1996 328is that is out of commission due to a wreck and I want to put them on my 2000 328i. These wheels are not oem BMW. When installed at performance tire shop Butler tires in Atlanta they put spacers on the hubs to make the fitment of the wheel to the hub very tight. I noticed when removing them and installing the original wheels that the designed fit to the hub is actually loose. Question is-Is there a specified clearance between the hub on the axle and it's corresponding hub on the wheel? Are the lug bolts the device for controlling the centering of the wheel? Entirely or in conjunction with the hub? I'm thinking that the spacers-bushings were put there as a part of the high speed on the car balancing.
Can anyone clarify this for me??
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Old 06-28-2005, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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this is kind of unclear to me (both your post and the issue)

i always thought that the wheel contacts the hub TIGHT, and the lug bolts locate and fasten. i do not see the little monkey thin thingamagiggie which i noted on some cars to center the wheel on the hub.

i think spacers in your case are to correct wheel offset, and have nothing to do with wheel location or tightening. used
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