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    S3 Wheel spacers

    Hello, I wanted to ask if anyone had any experience with wheel spacers on the 8L S3.

    I want to space the standard 17" Avus alloys outwards until they are as close to level with the top of the wheel-arch.

    Do you think there's a danger of the tire scrubbing the arch if I fit 60mm spacers when I'm running factory fit shocks and springs?

    Thanks, any advice would be really appreciated.

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    60mm are you mad?? Thats going to put a lot of strain on your bearings, the most anyone else has done is 20mm like myself and it looks awesome and you don't get any rubbing. You will most likely get rubbing with 60mm spacers on.
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    Haha, is that really mad idea? I see.

    To be fair, it was a complete estimate by me. I had it in my mind that each wheel being brought forward by 3cm would only achieve a subtle visual change to the stance. So you think 10mm per side would change the look of the car then?

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    I'd say 20mm rear and 10mm front will be more then enough.

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    More than enough visually?

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    They are talking per side 888888888.
    I've got 10mm (per side) fronts and 15mm (per side) rears.

    When you buy them most places will give the width per side. You should get some that are 'hubcentric'.

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    When you first said 60mm, did you mean 30mm each side, 60mm in total?
    I have 20mm on each wheel and I wouldn't advise to go any further really and it is visibly noticeable.
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    Right, thanks for clearing that up for me
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    So do you think 20mm each side, front and rear is going to see me scrubbing the arches?

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    No you'll be fine with 20mm each side front n rear as I've got 30mm lowering kit with 18inch wheels and I haven't had a problem even with a full car.
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    So am I right in thinking I'd be asking for 2 x pairs of 40mm hubcentric spacers?

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    The S3 has a wider track as standard at the front so I personally think it looks better if you go for around 10mm more at the rear to even it out.

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    hmmm, 100 for spacers and bolts....im extremely tempted and i dont spend money easily , especially on stuff like this
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    Spacers had a huge effect on the handling and looks of my old Clio. I think they will be on the list once the new wheels arrive. Hubcentrics are a must, just to re-itterate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    hmmm, 100 for spacers and bolts....im extremely tempted and i dont spend money easily , especially on stuff like this
    I got a set of brand new anodised 15mm spacers and a set of 10mm spacers off ebay at the weekend for 35 without bolts and then 45 for a set of bolts from Badger Bill

    Putting them on this weekend.
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    Are your shocks new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    I got a set of brand new anodised 15mm spacers and a set of 10mm spacers off ebay at the weekend for 35 without bolts and then 45 for a set of bolts from Badger Bill

    Putting them on this weekend.
    As did I, well only rears actually. Im assuming we got them from the same guy? He is selling more now. I havent sourced bolts yet, I'll only need rears so Im hoping to pay no more than 20-25. I cant wait to get them on the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vetch View Post
    As did I, well only rears actually. Im assuming we got them from the same guy? He is selling more now. I havent sourced bolts yet, I'll only need rears so Im hoping to pay no more than 20-25. I cant wait to get them on the car.
    Yeah there was some company flogging a load of old stock, all of the auctions started at 99p with no reserve. Mine turned up yesterday, nice quality spacers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    I got a set of brand new anodised 15mm spacers and a set of 10mm spacers off ebay at the weekend for 35 without bolts and then 45 for a set of bolts from Badger Bill

    Putting them on this weekend.
    good find mate!!

    is that including locking nuts?
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    I think that price will be for just spacers lad.

    Out of interest, Westle, are you using extended bolts with the 15mm spacers, or bolting the spacer to the hub, then the wheel to the spacer with the original bolts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD09 View Post
    I think that price will be for just spacers lad.

    Out of interest, Westle, are you using extended bolts with the 15mm spacers, or bolting the spacer to the hub, then the wheel to the spacer with the original bolts?
    35 was just for all four spacers. I bought longer bolts from Bill for 45. Bill has cut sown the front ones for me because apparently they will rub on the ABS hub. I dont have locking nuts as they were about another 40 for a decent set. If someone nicks my standard 17" Avus I'll just buy some 18" ones
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    Oh nice, I thought you meant 35 a pair! Link me!!

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    These were the ones I got but these are 13mm ones! I wish i'd got these now for the front instead of just 10mm!

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/13-Alloy-Hubce...item3efcf52c60

    Anyway if you search the guys other options there might be some more nocking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD09 View Post
    I think that price will be for just spacers lad.

    Out of interest, Westle, are you using extended bolts with the 15mm spacers, or bolting the spacer to the hub, then the wheel to the spacer with the original bolts?

    Cheers JD.... he did point out the nut cost also thanks for the 'lad' compliment, doesnt happen very often these days and makes me feel 20 again

    Westle, top man.....this was the stumbling block before for me, the locking nuts - dont want anyone stealing my genuine none refurb RSTT's
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