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How do I make sure I'm buying the right size spacers?

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  1. wez3570
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    [May 11, 2011]
    Just shopping for some coils and spacers.

    Wanna drop about 25-35mm lower than the current s-line setup.

    How can I be sure which size spacers to buy?

    How do these look?

    Audi A3 15mm Alloy Wheel Hubcentric Spacers All Models on eBay (end time 24-May-11 13:04:51 BST)

    Obviously I wanna avoid rubbing and will remove the common problem 'arch screw' lol

    Have already got front and rear top mounts on their way.

    Do i need anything else?

    Are long locking bolts easy to source?

    Can anyone recommend a place for fitting/alignment in Sheffield/South Yorks area?

    my wheel size is 18" x 7.5j Et 54 all round. 5x112 PCD.

    Tyres are 225/40/18

    I've spent the last couple of weeks trawling the forums for answers but not quite got there.

    Anyone help?

    Cheers
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    [May 11, 2011]
    they just for the rear or the fronts aswell?
    I'm not sure about putting them on the front but the rears will be fine i'm sure
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    think you can go 15 at the back and 13 at the front and you should be fine
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    Looking at the car itself, I would like something on the front, just to bring it out a a little.
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    So that would be 30mm on the back axle and 26mm on the front axle?
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    if you want to keep the track even, you need 2mm per side more at the back then the front
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    yep! wouldnt risk going any wider then that
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    what do u reckon to those 15's i linked to?

    Seem cheap
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    they are very good value for money! but ive never tried them, i think N8 may have used them so he could be worth dropping a message. one thing that will be worth doing, before you fit them, get your wheels rebalanced with the spacers attached (mark them as well so you know how to line them up) or youll run the risk of getting vibration at motorway speed.
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    Yeah, I saw a post regarding balancing, some guy used double sided tape but I'll just mark them as you say.

    Don't want any bad vibes on the freeway! lol

    Cheers Jungleman
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    no worries, let us know how you get on
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    [May 12, 2011]
    Depends how low your going, 12mm rear and 10mm front is nice setup.
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    With this set-up, would you need longer bolts or are the factory ones fine?
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    Yes you need longer bolts, 40mm M14x1.5 and 38mm M14x1.5
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    Shameless plug! See below:whistle2:
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
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    [May 12, 2011]
    Did your H&R spacers crack rockape?
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    No, but they look decent, I'd give them ago.
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    mine have been on a year and they are fine, ive hit plenty of pot holes and drive pretty quickly
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    Your one of the lucky ones
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    [May 12, 2011]
    Bump for any other help

    Re fitting and garage recommendations?

    Cheers
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    Garage? Bro you can fit these yourself
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    [May 12, 2011]
    I'd actually love to have a go!

    Unfortunately where I live I have no off street parking :(
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    [May 12, 2011]
    Find a mates drive then....
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    [May 12, 2011]
    Hi Wez

    I have just had the H&R spacers fitted to my S3, I got my local garage to fit them as I don't really get my hands dirty these days. After they were fitted I had issues with the steering wheel wobbling at about 75mph.
    Jungleman advised me to get the wheels balanced with the spacers fitted, this worked a treat. (Thanks Jungleman!!)


    Coxy
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    Thanks coxy, any pics?

    Nice car BTW :)
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    haha thats about when i get my wobble as well lol glad the balancing sorted it
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    to be fair mate you dont really need off street parking, as long as youve got room to take a wheel off then your sorted, or if your worried about being in a road, which is understandable, local supermarket carpark? lol
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    [May 12, 2011]
    I haven't taken any pics since having the spacers fitted, will take some over the weekend.
    Thanks mate

    What Coilovers are you fitting?
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    Yea all sorted, had the wobbly problem for a few days and have been driving down the M1 into London all week, hate driving the car when there is something wrong with it.
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    [May 12, 2011]
    if your in the market for coilovers, depending what your after, N8 does V-Maxx and im setting up a group buy for weitec and kw, ill have prices up by tomorrow night so hopefully one of us should be able to sort you out
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    Excellent cheers, I'll keep an eye out for the thread as I still haven't made my mind up whether to go uber budget Jom's, (short term) recommended on here by numerous members.Or do I think long term and go with a more expensive kit.

    It's difficult when there is such variety and almost everyone recommends the setup they have!
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    personally id wait and save for the set you really want, otherwise youll be spending twice for fitting and alignment and youll loose money on the old set up, with that extra money you could either spend that on another mod, or put it towards a better set of coilovers
    depending what you want really, i cant comment on the quality of v-maxxx but am sure N8 can advise on them (if they were poor im sure he wouldnt sell them), weitec are made by kw and are their cheaper version, so you get a very well set up product but in a more budget form. kw are the daddy of street/fast road use coilovers
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    [May 13, 2011]
    Hey mate,
    Can you please post up some pics of your car with the spacers?
    From your pic, it looks like you are running the standard S3 wheels.
    Is your car lowered? If so, with what?

    Thanks!
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    Hello mate

    I will take some pics and get them up over the weekend, yes I am running standard S3 wheels as yet it's not lowered. Gotta take time with the mods as the wife thinks I'm wasting money.

    C
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    [May 13, 2011]
    Hi wez
    On my a3 i ran 12mm front and 18s on the rear,i had no issues untill i went proper low.
    That was with the 18" s-lines
    Cheers Jules

    Remind me and i'll bring to the meet and may even let you borrow them to try
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    Hey,just found a crappy old pic lol
    [​IMG]
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    [May 13, 2011]
    Jules, the stance in ur pic is just what I'm after.

    Height and width.

    So that pic was with the 12's and 18's?

    What springs/coils were u running on?

    Oh and yeah, see u at the meet, I'll PM u the day before to remind u.
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    [May 13, 2011]
    Hey Wez
    Did you get the email and pics I sent you after you requested them for my H&R spacers on eBay? The alloys in those pics, the std 18" S-line alloys are the same size as the wheels you are fitting so that'll give you an idea of how they will sit, bearing in mind I had 10mm on the front and 15mm on the rear.

    [​IMG]
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    MG I did mate cheers.

    Got them on watch :thumbsup:
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