12mm rear spacers VS standard wheels = issues!

soldier4313

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Hoping someone can help me here or even has the same problem.

Today I decided to refit my 12mm spacers front and rear, I have the a4 b7 avant with standard genuine 18" rs4 style alloys with 235/40/18 tyres and H&R springs. Today after fitting them I noticed that my rear right wheel sticks out the arch a lot more than the rear left, and rubs real bad. I have checked the spacers are on right and flush but I just can't see why it's poking out more.

Does anyone else have or had this problem?
 

Audi33

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Hoping someone can help me here or even has the same problem.

Today I decided to refit my 12mm spacers front and rear, I have the a4 b7 avant with standard genuine 18" rs4 style alloys with 235/40/18 tyres and H&R springs. Today after fitting them I noticed that my rear right wheel sticks out the arch a lot more than the rear left, and rubs real bad. I have checked the spacers are on right and flush but I just can't see why it's poking out more.

Does anyone else have or had this problem?
Hi mate, I had the exact same problem with my spacers on my saloon, it always poked out more on one side. I had 15mm spacer on mine with 235 35 19 Rs4 style alloys. I just about had enough with the scraping when I carried passengers in the back so I ended up removing them. Never got around to finding a solution for them. I'm sure someone will come along with a solution.
 

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Since adding the H&R's have you had the 4 wheel alignment checked as well as the camber because the back end is adjustable.
 

soldier4313

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Carl, no didn't even think about that. How much does camber adjustment cost?
 

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It's usually around the £60 mark and should be included as it is part of the alignment.


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soldier4313

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Cool, well halfords owe me one as they scratched my refurbed wheels changing the rear wheel bearings a few weeks back so will ask them to do this instead of fixing the small chip in the wheel. Sounds fair?
 

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agree with carl , but one thing comes to mind chap, I thought you had them on before for a while but had some contact issues then, were there any wheel arch clearance issues prior .
Surely just changing back to the spacers would'nt have changed anything to cause the problem you have now unless the camber had been adjusted recently, but if the problem is that obvious then your camber must be way out on one side, I suspect if its been out for a while now that tyre will be showing signs of uneven wear, maybe a fair bit to be honest.
you are probably less likely to notice the camber being out visually when the oem rims are on unless you were checking for uneven tyre wear, but now you have the spacers back on it is more of an obvious issue, like I say, check your tyres to see for uneven wear, if there isn't any then its less likely to be the camber out of adjustment by that much.
 

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just had another thought chap, it may not be the side that is rubbing at fault, the other side could be out the opposite way and leaning inwards, just a thought but same applies tyre wear will indicate a fair bit .
 

soldier4313

A4 Avant B9 2.0 Tdi
I did have the rubbing before but when I had the wheels refurbed I put 4 new tyres on and today I thought I might see if the different tyre brands would make that slight difference in the rubbing but it's still there. I did notice before when I had the spacers on that the right stuck out more but with removing the spacers it didn't really bother me as it wasn't rubbing, but now the summer is here and the wheels are immaculate I want to stance to be perfect so i will get the camber sorted and see if that makes a difference. If not I will remove them before I drive back to Germany and put them back on once there.
 

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so your rims are the ET43 offset then.
 

I'm Just Rob.

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with those spacers at 12mm your pretty well on an ET30 (et31 to be exact), if your rims are et42 then your deffo on et30.
add that to your lowered a fair bit and to be honest it wouldn't need more than a few mm of camber being out of alignment to really cause you rubbing issues .
 

soldier4313

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So Kwik-Fit want £50 for alignment, then £25 per adjustment so I'm looking at £100 for just rear camber adjustment, does anyone know anywhere in Birmingham that I can get the rear camber on its own done as I'm sure it's only the rear that needs doing.
 

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i'd never go to quick fit mate, they are a right pain, i suspect there are a lot of other places in your location to get the rears done at a sensible price.
 

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So Kwik-Fit want £50 for alignment, then £25 per adjustment so I'm looking at £100 for just rear camber adjustment, does anyone know anywhere in Birmingham that I can get the rear camber on its own done as I'm sure it's only the rear that needs doing.

Are there no small independent VAG specialists near you? That's ridiculous but it is expected for KF.
 

maxdrz400

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I wouldnt bother with kwik fit mate, i went there for a hunter alignment, thinking i could trust them as you get a print out.
They just turned round and said rear camber isnt adjustable, so left one of my rears running on one side of the tyre.
After speaking to my garage that does my servicing they said kwik fit were talking out of their **** and basicly id been knocked.
Moral of the story dont trust kwik fit for anything!
 

gary_a4_quattro

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Have you tried Midland VW , they're in Cannock, so not too far out of Brum ? Pricing seems reasonable and at least you get some one who knows what they're doing !

http://www.midlandvw.co.uk/wheel-alignment.html

Be good to hear how you get on
 

soldier4313

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Cheers Gary I have emailed them just and I'll see how much they charge and book it in when I'm in Brum next time
 

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So Kwik-Fit want £50 for alignment, then £25 per adjustment so I'm looking at £100 for just rear camber adjustment, does anyone know anywhere in Birmingham that I can get the rear camber on its own done as I'm sure it's only the rear that needs doing.
Place in handsworth was fantastic when they did mine
was £60 for all 4 alignemt
Really recommended
 

Jasesapphy

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wheel alignement centre Oxhil road, he has been there 30 years.

I know of a certain main dealer that take there cars there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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was it far out of adjustment , one side or both.
 

soldier4313

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Not actually had them done yet just booked the car in as I'm in Brighton till the 1st so it's booked for just before I go Germany
 
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