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Wheel Spacers on the A3

SteveTDCi Sep 2, 2009

  1. SteveTDCi

    SteveTDCi Active Member

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    For those of you that are using spacers what if any affect do they have on the handling of the car ? I appreciate people fit them for looks and i'm happy to do that however not at the expense of handling.

    Cheers
    Steve
     
  2. Staz

    Staz is a retronaut Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Some say they have noticed a difference. I can't say I have to be honest. I have 10mm front and 12mm rear.
     
  3. N8

    N8 Kowalski Details VCDS Map User

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    Gives the car a wider track, can't say I've noticed anything tbh
     
  4. mitch78

    mitch78 Active Member

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    Makes it corner slightly better with the wider track. In terms of acceleration and braking, there's hardly any difference. (10mm front, 15mm rear)
     
  5. Gryphon001

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    I have to say that for a bit I thought that I was getting vibration from the wheels, but later realized it was just bad pavement. As for differences I can't say as I've noticed any huge handling improvements, haven't really pushed the car too much since my tires are shot and I don't want to put the new ones on before winter when I switch to my winter tires. The only negative thing I noticed is that it tends to fall into the ruts created by trucks on the road more easily. Kinda like when youre driving over streetcar tracks and the wheels want to follow the tracks. Main thing I noticed with mine is that they rear ones rub even with the fender screw taken out... I guess that's what you get for wanting to go wider. I have 15mm in the rear BTW.
     
  6. s4marsh

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    i've just fitted 10mm allround to my b5 s4 tonight for my b6 s4 wheels which look mint but my rear 235 tyres look borderline illegal but awesome as i think they stick out a bit too much i may need to go back to 225's as for handling difference if any i'll let you know.....
     
  7. paddy

    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea Team Ibis Audi S3 Black Edition DSG

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    Is 10mm and 15mm really noticeable ? visually i mean ?
     
  8. mitch78

    mitch78 Active Member

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    Massively.
     
  9. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    with my wheels the ofset already makes the front look like 10mm has been added, but rears would be nice with some wider stance which maybe if I can get the rs3 arches when it comes out will allow the spacers at last for the better stance, failing that just bespoke some
     
  10. paddy

    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea Team Ibis Audi S3 Black Edition DSG

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    If i went for 10 and 15mm would i need longer bolts as well ?
     
  11. mitch78

    mitch78 Active Member

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    Yes. Approximately 10 and 15mm longer respectively. ;)
     
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  12. NHN

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    Sorry made me chuckle Mitch, lol, wasnt laughing at you Paddy just made me laugh
     
  13. paddy

    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea Team Ibis Audi S3 Black Edition DSG

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    Think i asked for that :)
     
  14. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    I didnt wanna say but yes, lol, still least you're laughing about it, still funny aswell, lmao
     
  15. mitch78

    mitch78 Active Member

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    Glad to be of service. ;)
     
  16. leach76

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    Where is the best/cheapest place to get some spacers? and do the extended studs normally come with them?,i know some of you are saying you have 15mm on the rear but i thought someone said on here 12mm was max or does it depend on if you have gen wheels and what size for the width and offset?
     
  17. s4marsh

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    esp engineering i got some this week. the cheapest in the country

    ESP Engineering
    Unit 2, St. Florian House
    Brooklands Park Industrial Estate
    Crowborough
    East Sussex
    TN6 2JR

    Tel: 01892 613292
     
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    mitch78 Active Member

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  20. NHN

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    Damn thats round corner from me when in UK.

    I was about to suggest Damian@DPM.

    Also I have used a guy before which were absolutely perfect hub centrics & longer bolts/secure bolts for fair price

    http://www.performancecarshop.co.uk/
     
  21. heyadamhey

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    sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm also curious about spacers

    I have 18" ET45 S4 rims and they look nice and flush at the front, but I'd like the track at the rear to be a little wider so the rear wheels look flush with the arch.

    I'm about to get a set of Eibachs (still can't decide between Pros and sportlines) - would I be able to get away with spacers on the rears without rubbing?

    Cheers
    Adam
     
  22. DPM

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    I'd say you should be able to get away with 10mm at the rear Adam.

    Damian @ DPM Performance
     
  23. heyadamhey

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    Thanks Damien, even on the Sportlines?
     
  24. Staz

    Staz is a retronaut Moderator VCDS Map User

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    I'd go for the 15mm mate. I have the 12mm and they look great but I wish I had gone further to enhance the effect a little more.
     
  25. mitch78

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    But his wheels are already ET45, 15mm would probably be too much in my opinion.
     
  26. Staz

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    Aha right.
     
  27. Paul_c

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    I'm running a set of 10mm H&R spacers with a 54 offset 18" alloys and Sportline suspension. I removed the screw from the bumper straight away and have not seen any rubbing.

    On a side note i will be selling the set of 4 H&R spacers inc longer bolts and McGuard locking nuts shortly. Only had them on since Feb.
     
  28. mitch78

    mitch78 Active Member

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    And if you hadn't noticed, I am right now. (minus the lock nuts)
     
  29. heyadamhey

    heyadamhey Member VCDS Map User

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    Thanks guys. I'll just see how it goes without them, and measure the avaiable space
     
  30. kami136

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    Sorry to bring up such an old post, but what screw is it you guys are talking about removing from the bumper?

    Cheers
     

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