PartyPooper: Nothing comes as a huge shock to me these days, but OK, I'll bite. What is the ACTUAL function, (aside from leaving the rim exposed) that makes it better than mounting a low-profile tire that actually puts tread on the ground UNDER the width of the rim. No bull****....I'd really like to know, only because it seems to me that, under spirited cornering, the likelihood of peeling a 'stretched' tire off the rim is a real risk. Is it?
For anyone who doesn't know where this originated from...... Us Vw people as well as others use it basically for looks and the ability to lower ur car without slicing up your tires. But it came from the drift car scene. When they stretch their tires they have basically 0 sidewall flex so they get all the power to the street during turns etc needed for what they do. We obviously don't need to do this in our front wheel drive cars but it looks cool to me and yeah u have to drive very carefully but I'm not looking to beat up on my 20year old car that I break my back and hands to keep looking nice. That's what American cars r for. :-)
To me the function of the stretch was always optical, you get that nice wide stance that many want with the rims poking out somewhat while the tread is still covered & therefore you actually are street legal, I know here in North America that is of lesser importance as there seem to be many jurisdictions that have different problemsvthan wheelfit on souped up cars, but many cars I've seen over here with wheel poke w/o stretch would make it about a block or two in a German city before the 1st cop would pull 'em over, scratch the stamps off the plates & order a tow truck...
Worked on the driver's side of Nimbus, yesterday. Pulled the wheel arches, and painted them the wrong color. Will have to fix that. Painted the lower beltline a nice gunmetal grey. Came out quite satisfactory. Today, added a tasteful red pinstripe to ease the transition from the white to the grey. When something turns out just as you envision it....that makes for a good day.
Paint shop says that the bumpers are done. I'll pick them up when I'm done with the body, and attach them to the collapsed bumper shox.
Now I can turn the car around and do the same for the passenger side. Why do I keep thinking that that side is going to be a real ass-ache?
Pix to follow when completed.
Replaced the clutch cable on my cabby a few days ago. The cable pulled through the firewall and didn't have anything to pull against . Ended up using an extra washer to keep it from pulling through this time... Drove it a few days, and then broke a piece of shift linkage... hopefully it comes in today. I have places to go!