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Re: 13.5" brakes on a 5K

On Tue, 22 Apr 1997 19:10:24 -0600, Jeffrey J. Goggin wrote:

>You CAN fit 8x17s to a 5ktq or 200q without doing ANY bodywork if you're so
>inclined ... BTDT.

Just curious: you mentioned 215/45-17 BFG Comp TAs earlier, but
what offset? And Graydon mentioned 225/50-16 + "1.5deg of neg
camber" but perhaps he could tell us his offset and ride height too.
I think if we got enough complete information in one place, we
would get a clear picture of the no-bodywork options.

>> [ ... snippage regarding brake/wheel clearance ...]
>My 5-spoke Compomotive MOs will accept 355mm rotors ... too bad I can't
>afford to buy them at $700+ per!

The rotors are not usually the problem, it's the calipers. Did you check
this out as carefully? And regarding an earlier point, your research seems
to bear out my contention that 5k/pre 91 200 owners are basically
forced to go real big on wheel diameter when considering large rotors
unless they are willing to torture the sheet metal.

>>d) I cannot tell you how to install them because I do not know how. However,
>>if you have done the above, 95% of the frustation is over.
>Again, I disagree ... I'm in the process of fitting '86 944T calipers to my
>200q and it means machining a hat for the rotor and an adapter to space the
>caliper further out to clear the rotor.  This is definitely quite a bit
>harder than NOT modifying the bodywork and ordering a set of wheels with the
>correct offset!  :^)

It depends on what you are equipped to do, doesn't it? A machinist might think
the reverse.

DeWitt Harrison    de@aztek.com
Boulder, CO
88 5kcstq