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lewisracing Michael Scott
Los Angeles, CA, USA   USA
Happy new years all!

I have inherited a Sprite with what seem to be replica Minilites, standard 5x13 with 4x4" hubs. The front has been converted to disc brakes and sprung suspension, so the front wheels are showing a 2 1/4" wider track than the rear. I understand from the internet that the fronts are supposed to run wider, but that is way too mis-matched for my taste. I would like to bring the rear tires out to more closely match the fronts. I would prefer going the wheel route than trying to use a hub/spacer. My current wheels seem to be in the range of 20-26 offset, so I am figuring that if I can find similar wheels that have a 0 offset, that will get me closer to where I need to be.

I will probably try calling Minilite tomorrow, but today they are closed for obvious reasons. I just spent 2 hours searching for 0 offset 5x13 wheels with no luck, so hoping someone else knows more about where I can be directed to find them.



Inherited my father's 1958 AH Sprite, currently restoring from bare metal and rusty parts out of cardboard boxes after 40+ years in storage.

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Jim Gruber Avatar
Riverview, FL, USA   USA
Try John Browne Wheels in UK. Quite a variety of sizes, widths, and styles available. If you need wheel spacers at longer lug nuts Winners Circle now locsted in Cincinnati stocks them.



Jim Gruber - Tampa/Riverview FL
Bugsy I - '68 Sprite w BE Bonnet - Gone but not forgotten
Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new -
A truly rust free, garaged in Los Angeles for 57 years Bugeye

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BMac Brendan MacRae
Grass Valley, CA, USA   USA
Well, i understand you want to solve it in the wheels but adding Superfins brake drums in the back will add 1" in the direction you want with very little effort (1"=26mm of backspace). The Superfins drums were originally designed to solve this same issue on the original Mini Cooper S cars that came standard with factory 7.5" front discs. Of course, you'll need to install longer studs, too.

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lewisracing Michael Scott
Los Angeles, CA, USA   USA
Jim, thank you! I found the John Browne website, that is very helpful. They don't seem to list 0 offset wheels, but it is a good start. They do have 1" "competition" spacers and studs, so I might try that first.

Brendan, the superfins look like an excellent route, but I forgot to mention that my rear has also been converted to disc brakes, so that wont work, but would have been an excellent solution if I still had drum brakes.



Inherited my father's 1958 AH Sprite, currently restoring from bare metal and rusty parts out of cardboard boxes after 40+ years in storage.

Jim Gruber Avatar
Riverview, FL, USA   USA
Winners Circle now located in Cincinnati can get you wheel spacers and longer lugs. Plus a lot of other specialty parts. A BE Owner and Racer.
www.spridget.com

216-889-4666.

NFI.



Jim Gruber - Tampa/Riverview FL
Bugsy I - '68 Sprite w BE Bonnet - Gone but not forgotten
Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new -
A truly rust free, garaged in Los Angeles for 57 years Bugeye

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