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Hoping that someone has widened a set of the stock 18" x 8 1/2". Looking at having Weldcraft widen my stockers to 10 to get a bit more rubber on the ass end.

Any one have any dealing with Weldcraft and would you have any pics ! :D

Thanks !
 

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I have had Weldcraft widen 6 of my wheels and would not go anywhere else :no

Have you considered that only the back-space will be widened with this procedure? You are only going to get 7.25" (not exactly sure on the back of an S197, but this is real close). You need to confirm how much you can add to reach this number. I am sure you can do a bit of hammer work and gain a bit more room if needed, but buying new wheels will be less expensive than widening.

Jazzer :)
 

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I've looked at the numbers, and the S197 stock 18 x 18 1/2 has a 50 mm off set with a 6.82 backspacing. So if I were to go with a 2" fill on the backside I should get a 8.82 backspace with the 50 mm stock off set. I would def double and tripple check before I had anything done, that's one of the reaasons that I was looking for input and if anyone has done this with the stockers.

Why do you say that widening would be more than new wheels ?
 

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How reliable is widening rims considering the weight of these cars?
 

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I've looked at the numbers, and the S197 stock 18 x 18 1/2 has a 50 mm off set with a 6.82 backspacing. So if I were to go with a 2" fill on the backside I should get a 8.82 backspace with the 50 mm stock off set. I would def double and tripple check before I had anything done, that's one of the reaasons that I was looking for input and if anyone has done this with the stockers.

Why do you say that widening would be more than new wheels ?
Your numbers are off here, :sorry

I see you meant to write 18"x8.5 (not 18.5"), but +50mm is 7.22" back-space, not 6.8". I would not go much farther than 7 3/8" max, without figuring to do some hammer work under your fenders or get rubbing. I know a 10.5" wheel will fit, but not sure of what the off-set needs to be. One can run spacers, but think a 1" spacer is too much to run safely, but others disagree with me.

By the time you ship wheels to/from Weldcraft and get them widened, this is about the same cost as your average aftermarket wheel purchased and shipped to you.

Jazzer :)
 

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Thanks for the input, was in a rush when I responded and have fat fingers as well !

I did also follow the link from above to the article on the Bullitt and I can see why you say it's cheaper to go with a new wheel set up.

I think this has allowed me to make up my mind on which way to go, thanks again !
 

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Weldcraft will charge approximately $200 /ea wheel plus shipping back and forth. There are a lot of wheels out there that are cheaper than that. However, if you do want your wheels widened than Weldcraft can work with you to figure out what will work. I'm with Jazzer the Cat, I'm not so sure I'd want a 1" spacer on my wheels though!

How reliable is widening rims considering the weight of these cars?
Just as reliable.
 

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I think I payed $225, IIRC :dunno

Well worth it if one cannot find the wheels you want in the width you like. Just make sure you account for the room needed by the extra width :yes

Jazzer :)
 
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