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Old 12-06-2011, 12:23 AM
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Having trouble thinking through an issue for my Volvo 240, so I thought I'd tap into the m/u brain trust...

I got a set of 15mm 5x108 to 5x120 adapters on the cheap, so I grabbed some BMW Style 4 wheels to put on the car. The adapters were custom made at 15mm for someone else, but should work great with the 16x8 et20 wheels. The issue is that the stock studs and lugs stick out past the mounting face of the adapter, since it's only 15mm thick.

I'm trying to figure out a way to get the wheels to mount flush to the adapter, because there's no cut-out or anything on the back of the wheel. So I thought about adding a 5mm spacer to the front and 10mm to the back to make room, but I'm having trouble finding 5x120 spacers that would allow the stock hardware that aren't $150 a pair or something silly. Am I out of luck with these adapters or am I missing something here?


This looks almost perfect, except that I'd be dropping another $300 on this set-up, and that's about what I have into the wheels (thanks craigslist!) and adapters so far. Plus, I'd be buying all of the extended length studs that I don't need.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:43 AM
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sup pablo

see the special lugs right above the spacers below? (the 6 black ones)
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also notice how the seat of those are square like the fitting is for the spacers. i have a feeling you need special lugs to go with these to make them work.

post pics of your set up so we can be sure.

now if you have them locked in but the lugs that go into the adapters are bottomed out by the hub then those lugs are too long.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:03 AM
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Hey, appreciate the quick response.

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Couple quick pics of the adapters. The holes are the 5x108 that the Volvo has, the studs are the 5x120 for the BMW wheels. The adapter mounts flush against the hub of the volvo, but the adapter isn't thick enough to enclose the Volvo's complete stud and nut. So when I go to put the wheel on the adapter, it isn't mounting against the flat surface of the adapter, it's hitting the protruding lug and nut. If that makes any sense. That's why I thought adding an additional spacer to the face of the adapter might help, if it includes room for the extra stuff sticking out.
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Custom half height lugs looks like. I wouldn't stack spacers.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:05 AM
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I'm not sure what that means. I wouldn't feel too bad about grinding down the ends of the lugs that stick out, but I want the nuts to be thick enough to actually hold the adapters on.
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