Badger5JMB Retrofits
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Wheel Spacers

  1. #1
    scoobyra's Avatar
    It's not f@cking ORANGE!!!!!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Portsmouth
    Posts
    803

    Wheel Spacers

    Ive noticed that quite a few people have added spacers to the wheels of their S3s. How does this effect the handling and which are the best ones to buy. Im also looking at a set of wheels with the wrong offset and using spacers to correct this. Any help or advice greatfully received
    JAFFASPORT - 2001 Facelift, 218/237/216bhp AMK, Absolute Red, Thrashed to Death, Car Park Dents Everywhere, Kei Flux's, Knackered Shocks, Scuffed Rear Bumper and in need of a good Hoover!!

    BLACK EVO BEATER -2001 Facelift, 349bhp AMK, Ebony Black, Blue Seats, 4 Wheels, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Sh!t loads of boost and up for sale!

    RGV 250N - Bloody fast and loads of fun........I get wet a lot when it rains....

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Global
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    up north...
    Posts
    767
    i dont think spacers have any significant effect on handling - they make the car look better. the standard 7.5" wheels with et54 offset.

    adding a spacer effectively reduces offset by making the wheels stick out more.

    going to 8" wheels with the same 54 offset would be equivalent to adding spacers of 6.3mm (1/2 of the extra 1/2" width is outside, 1/2 inside) - most people go to 8" wheels with offset of 45 or so, which is equivalent to adding 15mm spacer and just about fits on a lowered car without catching the wings.

    so, you could add between 10-15mm - you need hubcentric spacers (they hold themselves centrally whilst you put on the wheels) with longer bolts and longer locking bolts. lots of people seem to like the h&r ones but theres plenty of choice.

    alternatively buy some 18x8 wheels with an offset of 45 or slightly more if you can find them. some rs4 and rs6 reps are around with offsets of 45, 46 and 48

    dont buy any wheels with a lower offset than 42 - even those may catch the arches and you would need to get the wheels machined to fit or the arches rolled - neither probably desirable.
    TT-RS 410hp revo
    Fiat 500 1.3 tdi 120hp
    A3 8P 2.0tdi 240hp Autograph Cars
    RS4 B5 520hp MTM
    S3 8L 345hp MTM
    Volvo 850 T5 300hp BSR
    Fiat Punto GT 130hp
    Lancia Delta Turbo 185hp
    Lancia Beta Coupe 122hp
    Mini 74hp

  4. #3
    scoobyra's Avatar
    It's not f@cking ORANGE!!!!!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Portsmouth
    Posts
    803
    Thanks Dunk....my S3 is a 2001 which has an offset of et35. Im going to try and fit some wheels with an et45 offset using some 15m spacers (wheels are from my subaru and are 18 x 7.5, 5 x 100 pcd) which hopefully will correct the offset and make the wheels stick out a little further for appearance
    JAFFASPORT - 2001 Facelift, 218/237/216bhp AMK, Absolute Red, Thrashed to Death, Car Park Dents Everywhere, Kei Flux's, Knackered Shocks, Scuffed Rear Bumper and in need of a good Hoover!!

    BLACK EVO BEATER -2001 Facelift, 349bhp AMK, Ebony Black, Blue Seats, 4 Wheels, Brakes, Exhaust, Headlights, Sh!t loads of boost and up for sale!

    RGV 250N - Bloody fast and loads of fun........I get wet a lot when it rains....

  5. #4
    DPM
    DPM's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Newcastle/Durham
    Posts
    4,285

    My Social Networking

    Follow DPM On Twitter Add DPM on Facebook Visit DPM's Instagram Channel
    You'll also need to make sure the centre bore of the wheels is correct to make sure they'll fit. 15mm all round would give you an ET of 30 which will be slightly further out then standard but if you really want the wider look then it may be worth while thinking about 25mm rear and 20mm front! H&R are the ones to go for, give me a shout if you want a price.

    Damian @ DPM
    DPM Performance
    The premier online suspension and performance specialists
    W: www.dpmperformance.co.uk
    T: 01207 561606
    E: sales@dpmperformance.co.uk

  6. #5
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    up north...
    Posts
    767
    sorry i missed the fact you have an 8L!

    oem rstt 18x8" wheels for the tt/s3 is 33

    i put 10mm spacers all round on my 8L S3 without any rubbing with oem 18" wheels so a total offset of 23 effectively - lots of people used 15mm spacers at the rear.

    the s3 hubs have a 57.1mm lip that sits in a hole, and hubcentric spacers have a similar lip to sit in the wheel, so you may have to use non-hubcentric spacers or get the outer lip machined off if your scooby wheels have a smaller centre hole than the 57.1mm
    TT-RS 410hp revo
    Fiat 500 1.3 tdi 120hp
    A3 8P 2.0tdi 240hp Autograph Cars
    RS4 B5 520hp MTM
    S3 8L 345hp MTM
    Volvo 850 T5 300hp BSR
    Fiat Punto GT 130hp
    Lancia Delta Turbo 185hp
    Lancia Beta Coupe 122hp
    Mini 74hp

  7. #6
    grathies's Avatar
    More Points Than Portsmouth FC

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Portsmouth, Hampshire
    Posts
    1,355
    Im running 18x8.5s on my 8L S3 with 'Forge' 13mm Spacers all round, they were fitted by the previous owner and come with the blots, quite expensive I think but very well made

  8. #7
    Ballcrusher's Avatar
    NO CAT JUST 3" STRAIT THREW

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    london
    Posts
    343
    Quote Originally Posted by DPM
    You'll also need to make sure the centre bore of the wheels is correct to make sure they'll fit. 15mm all round would give you an ET of 30 which will be slightly further out then standard but if you really want the wider look then it may be worth while thinking about 25mm rear and 20mm front! H&R are the ones to go for, give me a shout if you want a price.

    Damian @ DPM
    Damian @ hijacker.com

  9. #8
    DPM
    DPM's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Newcastle/Durham
    Posts
    4,285

    My Social Networking

    Follow DPM On Twitter Add DPM on Facebook Visit DPM's Instagram Channel
    Quote Originally Posted by Ballcrusher
    Damian @ hijacker.com
    DPM Performance
    The premier online suspension and performance specialists
    W: www.dpmperformance.co.uk
    T: 01207 561606
    E: sales@dpmperformance.co.uk

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO