Wheel spacers for Audi S3 (8V)

Grant

Registered User
I've searched but can't seem to find a definitive answer.

What wheel spacers have people fitted to their S3?

From GNJ's build thread it says 12mm front and 20mm rear, however on their website they list 15mm front and 20mm rear.

So, what is the optimum width of wheel spacers for OEM wheels?
 
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J6YAK

Team Java Green
Grant,
I would go 15mm at the front and 20mm rear, the reason for this is I'm just waiting for a set of 19" rims to be delivered and according to an offset calculator they will be 18.7mm further out than my standard wheels (front and rear) and this seems to be just about right, a couple of mm either way wouldn't make much difference.
 

rigger

Registered User
It's a tradeoff. Note that when u put your wheel too much outside there will be air turbulence (less aerodynamic).
 

rigger

Registered User
Here you go..
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S3 TRS

Registered User
well, i just purchased some goodies from GNJ Motorsport

TPI 15mm Front Wheel Spacers
TPI 20mm Rear Wheel Spacers
Longer Wheel bolts and locking bolts
H&R 20mm Lowering Springs - 28826-2

should be here tuesday hopefully. can't wait to fit them, weather depending of course.

ill post some before and after pics with and without wheel spacers, then some more in a couple of weeks once the springs have settled.

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rigger

Registered User
well, i just purchased some goodies from GNJ Motorsport

TPI 15mm Front Wheel Spacers
TPI 20mm Rear Wheel Spacers
Longer Wheel bolts and locking bolts
H&R 20mm Lowering Springs - 28826-2

should be here tuesday hopefully. can't wait to fit them, weather depending of course.

ill post some before and after pics with and without wheel spacers, then some more in a couple of weeks once the springs have settled.

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Can you share pix?
 
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Nimbus265

Guest
I'm assuming fitting wheel spacers should be declared to insurers?
 

S3 TRS

Registered User
Ok so I've had the following on for a couple of weeks now. time to post some photos.

First up, stock. Look at the wheels hiding in the arches!

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Next, below we have the car back after fitting.

TPI 15mm Front Wheel Spacers
TPI 20mm Rear Wheel Spacers
Longer Wheel bolts and locking bolts
H&R 20mm Lowering Springs - 28826-2

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Now the following shots are 2 weeks later, and have done roughly 500 miles. H&R Springs and Spacers fitted. i think its had a slight drop. Sits perfect now i think.

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Some pics of the spacers.

Fronts.

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Rears

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All in all there has been no rubbing with 4 people in the car, and i think the spacers are spot on.

I'm also happy with the drop, around 20-25mm, and the stance looks much meaner.

Comfort wise i can feel a slight difference, but not much, and not enough to not have them fitted to the car.

Ive got some Rota Force wheels in 18x8.5 inch with 225.40.18 tyres (tiny bit of stretch) to put on tomorrow after I've cleaned and protected them as they've just been powder coated. Pics to follow tomorrow.
 

2015AudiS3

Registered User
I just bought my s3 sedan and I really wanna lower it. Does it mess with the preset settings though? ie dynamic, comfort etc?
 

S3 TRS

Registered User
No doesn't mess with those. The springs alone will not alter the computer. If you changed the shocks then yes because they are dampening adjustable and you would be removing that feature with aftermarket shocks or say coilovers.
The springs being lower are slightly stiffer but only a very small amount. It's negligible to me really.
I don't feel I'm sacrificing ride comfort for looks.
 

Louay

Registered User
No doesn't mess with those. The springs alone will not alter the computer. If you changed the shocks then yes because they are dampening adjustable and you would be removing that feature with aftermarket shocks or say coilovers.
The springs being lower are slightly stiffer but only a very small amount. It's negligible to me really.
I don't feel I'm sacrificing ride comfort for looks.
Very nice mate. After fitting the springs do you feel the need to get the wheels alignment checked? Is this necessary or not? Thanks
 

The Challinor

Registered User
Very nice mate. After fitting the springs do you feel the need to get the wheels alignment checked? Is this necessary or not? Thanks

Won't need to get it checked as non of the geometry would have been touched, however with lowering it the geometry could probably do with being reset setup and reconfigured.
 

PanamaS3

Registered User
Thanks for all the great insights guys...am gonna go for 10mm 15mm with my 5 spoke 18"
 
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Nimbus265

Guest
I've often wondered, is it all about looks - or is there any steering/handling benefit in fitting wheel spacers?
 

P D C

Registered User
be sure to post some pics when you do!
I must say that I have been inspired with the way that your car looks and will be getting the H&R springs and spacers very soon for my SB.......
Have you ever noticed any rubbing and are you 100% pleased with the result?
 

P D C

Registered User

S3 TRS

Registered User
Thanks very much! I'm really happy with the look.
I took the spacers off for the service the other day in case Audi needed to take the wheels off and I remembered again why I got the spacers. The wheels disappear too far in the bodywork.
I've just put my rota force wheels on because I'm getting the winter tyres off my S3 wheels and 2 of them refurbished.
 

P D C

Registered User
Thanks very much! I'm really happy with the look.
I took the spacers off for the service the other day in case Audi needed to take the wheels off and I remembered again why I got the spacers. The wheels disappear too far in the bodywork.
I've just put my rota force wheels on because I'm getting the winter tyres off my S3 wheels and 2 of them refurbished.
Great stuff, many thanks for that and I can't wait to get the mod done....... :thumbs up:
 

RyanCudlip

MK7 Golf R
Just ordered some H&R spacers for my S line, I went for 10mm up front and 15mm rear.

I haven't ordered any longer bolts yet though, does anyone know if my wheels need radius or tapered seated bolts?
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There's a picture of one of my wheels, and one of the car the day after my springs went in
 

S3 TRS

Registered User
Audi generally use radius bolts. Cone bolts are usually used for after market wheels.

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Best to check though just take one off.

I would get some longer locking nuts too. Mc guard usually do them.
 

RyanCudlip

MK7 Golf R
Yeah I thought they were radius when j last had my wheels off, but was just gonna make sure as its a critical part.
 
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Nimbus265

Guest
I keep reading about wheel spacers, and am still not entirely sure why they are needed. Having said that I am starting to see why some people do it - although I really don't get the lowering and ultra lowering fad which accompanys it. But each to their own.

On a practical note, do the wheel spacers give non aesthetic benefit? I also assume they are insurance notifiable?
 
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