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 Posted: Jun 1, 2013 02:10PM
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Originally Posted by Abelclasico

the puzzle about the different rear drum breaks is still unresolved so I was thinking about having spaced rear drums on both wheels. Would anybody be willing to sell me one? If interested, I could even trade the 'normal' drum for the spaced one. I just recently cleaned it and repainted it

thanks,
Abel

 

You could just put a 1 inch spacer on the side without the built in spacer, but a new drum with built-in spacer is about the same price as a pair of spacers. Our host even has them on sale at the moment.

the funny thing is that the drum without built in spacer already has a 1 inch spacer in it. But still, I can see that the left wheel protrudes (what a word) a bit more than the right one

 Posted: Jun 1, 2013 02:07PM
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Abel,

if you have disc brakes in the front, I believe you need spaced rears. 

hi, unfortunately, I have drums all around. But, who knows, front disc brakes are on my wish list....

 Posted: Jun 1, 2013 10:56AM
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Originally Posted by Abelclasico

the puzzle about the different rear drum breaks is still unresolved so I was thinking about having spaced rear drums on both wheels. Would anybody be willing to sell me one? If interested, I could even trade the 'normal' drum for the spaced one. I just recently cleaned it and repainted it

thanks,
Abel

 

You could just put a 1 inch spacer on the side without the built in spacer, but a new drum with built-in spacer is about the same price as a pair of spacers. Our host even has them on sale at the moment.

 Posted: Jun 1, 2013 08:17AM
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Abel,

if you have disc brakes in the front, I believe you need spaced rears. 

Mad Dog

 Posted: Jun 1, 2013 06:27AM
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the puzzle about the different rear drum breaks is still unresolved so I was thinking about having spaced rear drums on both wheels. Would anybody be willing to sell me one? If interested, I could even trade the 'normal' drum for the spaced one. I just recently cleaned it and repainted it

thanks,
Abel

 

 Posted: Mar 2, 2013 02:34PM
mur
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These days I go to Chchm's wher he has a Hunter alignment machine with gyro-head units, etc.  You can do your car with a string wrapped around all four wheels of the car at the centerline and even this primitive system will give great results and you can easily see if the wheels are close to going in the same direction.  

 Posted: Mar 2, 2013 02:03PM
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Have you tried putting the non-spacered drum over on the other side and fit the wheel?  This will at least tell you if it was used for clearance issues.  ( It must have looked a bit odd from behind )
Don't worry abot that 1" clearance...that's actually a lot...I'm sure mine are less than 1/2"

 

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 Posted: Mar 2, 2013 12:21PM
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thanks Mur, how do I measure the alignment? I have no idea how to do that

 Posted: Mar 2, 2013 12:19PM
mur
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I have seen spacers on one side of a mini to account for a bent trailing arm, AND for worn out trailing arms.

So, measure your alignment right now to see if things are close to being correct, and then look for further issues.  However, the stock tires do fit close to the shocks!

 

I hope it is just a mis management of parts that brought about your situation.

 Posted: Mar 2, 2013 11:52AM
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Hello,

I had been noticing that on of the left rear wheel was protruding more than the right one so I decided to remove both and found that drum brakes are of different sizes. As you can see from the pictures, one has the 'built in' spacer and the other one is standard. I don't know why or how the previouss owner did this but I remember that when I removed the gas tank some months ago, I noticed that on the wheel well somebody had hit it with (what looked to me) a hammer. I imagined that at some point there where wider wheels mounted and more clearance was needed, but didn't paid much attention to it....until today that saw the different drum brakes.

So, my question is, should I replace one of the brakes or the car will be fine with the ones I have right now? My initial intention is to have standard drums, but I don't know if I will need the 'spaced bult in' ones when I (and only when I finally find) put reverse rims on the car.

Also, with the standard drum (second picture), the tire is barely an inch from the shock. The previous owner put a wheel spacer but it is still too close. Should there be more clearance?

Any suggestions?

thanks,

Abel