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Re: wheel spacers
During the last year, I've been reading info from 6-8 boards on a daily basis. The consistant message within many of these board is...
Try to use +inch A-Arms instead of using +inch wheel spacers. I'm sure going 1" wider spacers is ok for flat to minor bumps riding but when you get into the 2+ (or more) spacers, the front wheels become too unstable. The steering is ok on flat ground but when one wheel hits a big bump, it pulls the steering wheel too fast. By using longer A-Arms (instead of spacers), it ensures the swivel point of the front hubs are close as possible to the center of the tire. Hence, NO major jerking when one wheel dips into a big hole.
If you plan on making your own 1" wider spacers for flat track or minor bump racing, give your idea a try. Sounds like you have a very inexpensive way to make the +1 spacers. If your little driver complains the steering is too hard to handle, immediately replace with the wider A-Arm solution.
Note: If your racing sponsor is giving you a major financial discount for all racing parts, then immediatly go with the wider A-Arms (especially in the 2" & 3" A-Arm race type tracks). Wider A-Arms on corners with deep bumps are well worth it.
Hope this helps...