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Wheel Spacers worth it?

Buxton2901 Jul 20, 2018

  1. Buxton2901

    Buxton2901 Well-Known Member

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    So my wheels are in getting powder coated satin black and I'm considering wheels spacers and new springs to lower the car slightly just to get rid of the arch gap.
    Question is, are spacers worth the money and do they make a bug different to the look of the car?

    If anyone has before and after that would really helpful.

    Also where to buy them from? my car a is a 2014 avant bitdi.

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  3. marriedblonde

    marriedblonde Well-Known Member

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    Yes they are worth it imo.

    Currently traveling home from working away but i have after photo’s and pretty certain i took before ones as well.

    With a lowered car they are needed ti fill the arches
     
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  4. Gazwould

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    You might want black anodised spacers considering the wheel colour .
     
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  5. Buxton2901

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    Thanks mate. Any recommendations on brand to buy? Seen some on eBay or I could get our workshop to make me some if I had the sizes

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    That's a very good idea. Hadn't considered that

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  7. BahnStormer77

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    I've never felt the A6 needed them on OEM wheels, but they made a huge difference to my Golf and my A4, so consider them if the wheels look too tucked in - it even made the tiny alloys on my winter wheels look a lot beefier!

    Just remember it's unsprung weight, so I'd recommend a good brand that does an alloy version... and try to stick to hubcentric (with the lip), so the weight of the car is on that lip, not completely on the bolts) - there's a reason they're illegal in loads of places (e.g. Australia - for safety), so don't skimp: if done properly, with good components (hubcentric and a good brand), then they should be fine.

    EDIT: the ones I was most impressed with were the H&R Trak+.

    EDIT2: Also - you'll need extra length bolts, be careful of various fronts:
    • you'll need the correct head shape (cone / rounded, etc), so you don't damage the wheel
    • you may have to change the head size, to find the right length nuts / locking nuts: make sure you have an adapter in the toolkit - otherwise you may not be able to change tyres if you get a flat!
    • you'll need to get the bolt length almost perfect (painful personal experience*).

    *I think I went ~4-5mm too long on the locking wheel nuts on my Golf and it ripped all the ABS sensors out - not cheap!
     
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  8. Vambovibrainia

    Vambovibrainia New Member

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    I was thinking of doing the exact same thing! I’ll keep you posted as to what and where I go with it.
     
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  9. marriedblonde

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    I would avoid getting cheap spacers as you get what you pay for and it they are only slight out of balance you will notice it

    I've bought various makes over the years and the best I have found or the money are BIMECC supplied by CMWheels. You can order from Ebay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-10mm...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

    For bolts you want a m14x1.5 radius seat bolt (they are a 17mm head). The standard thread length is 27mm so you need to add the width of the spacer to the length of the bolt.

    So for 10mm spacers they will come with a 35mm length, for 15 mm spacers they 40mm long. (I know that is 2mm shorted but thats the size required)

    I am looking for pics now of before and after...
     
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  10. marriedblonde

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    Just to add above when I said the bolts are 17mm that is the standard size of most bolts and that is the size you will have fitted to your car today.
     
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  11. Stokka

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    offer your new wheels up 1st bud, unless ofc they have the same offset then you know what to expect
     
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  13. marriedblonde

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    Valid point, assumed he has OEM wheels in which case it is easy to work out the spacer sizes. If not give me the offset and width and I can work out what will fit.
     
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    My wheels are the standard rotors.now satin black. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  15. Vambovibrainia

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    Thanks for the link as I wouldn't of found these! I will be ordering x4 in 20mm

    Thanks again
     
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  16. Buxton2901

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    Looking at the front of mine and I think 20mm will be too much. 12-15 Front and 15-20 rear I think is max tbh

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    I have the OEM 19’s and run 10mm on the front and 15mm on the rear

    Only have a shot of the rears ftted; car needs a good wash before i take a photo of the fronts!!
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    Bought the H&R Trak spacers with longer bolts from DPM Performance
     
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  18. Stokka

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    I do like a spaced wheel, but tbh with an allroad I think contact would be made somewhere plus the protectors fold under a good way but they are smaller lips at the top
     
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    Lower it and the decide. 20mm spacer’s all round will cartch the arches. Are the rims 19”son it now?
     
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    20in currently..
    Wheel spacers will come first I think


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  21. marriedblonde

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    In that case. 15mm on rear and 10mm front. If you go bigger than 10mm they will catch when turning with any kind of bump
     
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  22. marriedblonde

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    Finally a few pics showing the spacers, this is mine with 15mm spacers on the rear and 10mm spacers on the front. This is with a 25mm drop. There is no space in the rear arches to go any wider without catching and the fronts still catch occasionally when turning on fully lock into a steep driveway for example.


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  23. Buxton2901

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    Fills the arches lovely doesn't it. Deafo needs doing just have to find 150 quids lol

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    Hang fire before pulling the trigger as I might know someone who has a set of fronts and rears, only a couple of months old for sale and at a very reasonable price! Just need to make sure the BBS' fit first :)
     
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    Sounds good mate please give me first refusal

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  26. marriedblonde

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    No problem, will do.
     
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    Any news on these matey? I'm itching to buy some now

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  28. marriedblonde

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    Car was due back today but have been told they cannot get it to me until tomorrow. As soon as I get it back and wheels go on you can have them!
     
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  29. Buxton2901

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    I thought you had a friend that was selling some. I hadn't put 2 and 2 together and realised you won't be needing yours with your new wheels.
    DM me a price matey and we can sort it out.
    Cheers and hope you get your car back soon and that all is well

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    lol...I was being too subtle in my first post about them :) I'll DM you now

    J.
     
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