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    Wheel Extentions and Stress

    Have been trying to get approval for a 360 build in Australia.

    Main problem is that wheel spacers and deep offset rims are not allowed.

    Was told by a mechinaical engineer that I would need to get a complete axil
    kit from another car that would match the DNA 360.

    Anyone know of such an axil kit that would be compatable?

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    as a matter of interest is it the same problem for building a 355 in aus on a 355??

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    Yes, this is a blanket rule in Australia.
    Have been looking around and the only thing that comes
    close is the landcruiser.

    Not sure if this axil can be fitted to the MR2?

    Any advise appreciated.

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    I was under the impression that if you use the Held Motorsport suspension kit, you do not need wheel spacer or deep dish wheels.. You might want to check on that..
    AK

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    Doesn't he want it for an mr2? Does held do other than Fiero?

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    Ooops, my mistake.. I did not see the MR2 comment..

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    If spacers are illegal then your right, you either have to extend the axel, risk being caught or find some wider tires. Even without the face discs and calipers, it's not immediately obvious - even with the 5 spoke Ferrari wheels that they are spaced.

    The front of a DNA is only widened by maybe 2 inches with spacers so finding a 2 inch wider wheel with Toyota bolt pattern shouldn't be too hard - a deep dish design is what your looking for. The rear is maybe 3 inches and again you should be able to find something.

    One thing though, the wheels won't be cheap (unless you get lucky)

    I would recommend finding out just how big a spacing you need (I can measure mine if you like but PM me as I don;t get as much time on the site these days) and then try a forum like Spyderchat.com and ask them for some wheel suggestions. You might want to be carful what you tell them about the project as they are not always the nicest to kitcar owners. The MR2 Spyder did have a kit for a while that was motorsport derrived from Japan and that had large arches to fill. Just make sure you do your homework regarding offset etc! You might even get lucky and find a Japanese source and save some on the shipping!

    Hope this helps and the best of luck with your DNA!

    Oh one last hint, I wouldnt go over 18inch height of your rim. 19s do fit but apparently are a pain in the proverbial to get to look right and for the car not to look like a 4WD!

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    Hello

    Thank you for your help.
    Have emailed DNA but no response.

    Will do some more homework I guess.

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    Front suspension on a 355 is not a challenge. You can widen the cross member 4 inches in most cases and start from there. You will need to build a section between the Fiero chassis and the outer mounting point of the Fiero front suspension.

    The rear requires longer axles. (8 inches overall, 4 inches per side) Use the long passenger side axle on the drivers side. It is 4 inches longer than the drivers side axle, widen your engine cradle by 4 inches per side so you keep the same "A" arm size. To replace the passenger side axle use a GM trans van or axapt an axle shaft from a later model DOHC with the bearing and CV joint mounted on the passenger side of the engine and the longer Fiero axle. It works and is not a lot of money.
    If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.

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    Re: Wheel Extentions and Stress

    front spacers are 30mm with extended suspension arms the only reason for the spacers is to change bolt pattern from to 5 stud the rear's are 75mm but with a purpoose made bell housing and a dish dish alloy you may well be able to do away with the spacers

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