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I read a lot of folk fit spacers to there Mk iv's when they fit 18 inch alloys! Is there any reason for this (other than wrong offsets) or is just for looks! I like the way the wheels sit out more and give a fatter stance though! But how do you know what size spacers to go for?
 

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ive got 15mm eibach spacers on the rear to shove wheels out into arches more(just for the look)thinking of putting the 15mm on front and getting some 20mm for th rear.

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I think that most people on here have fitted them for looks, I know that I have:

NO SPACERS:

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15MM SPACERS:

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I managed to get a set of 15mm FK Spacers from R1GTI, forum member, for a good price and I am very pleased with them.

The only thing to bear in mind is that you will need longer wheel bolts!!

I am now thinking along the same line as Jase now though?
 

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Does that mean I can shove 20mm spacers on the front and back with my 16inch montreal 2 alloys now? Where do you buy them, and what about the longer bolts? Surely adjusting the offset will affect the handling etc?
 

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Well you may be able to source spacers from R1GTI on this forum along with the longer wheels bolts, otherwise search the net for FK and Eibach spacers.

You may be able to put 20's all round but it all depends on current offset of your wheels?

My RS4's bow outwards from the centre anyway and I woulnd't be able to get away with spacers on the front.
 

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can someone please recommend what mm spacers i should go for? i got 17" TTs and is lowered 35mm . is 20mm gonna be stickin out a bit or just in line with the arches? i do carry people at the back often so i don't want any rubbing on the arches.

did lots of search for this but nothing is getting thru my head so please help

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The spacers do effect the cornering and somehow it just feels different with them on?

As for your size? I am not entirely sure, the last Group Buy that R1GTI completed had loads of discussions about what size, have you looked at that thread?

I am running 18's which a 35mm drop and I always have people in the back with no rubbing problems?
 

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ALso got some 15 mm ones from R1GTI for the rear. Good bloke, good product, great service. Would definitely recommend buying from him. Thought I would be able to feel some difference in handling but haven't noticed anything. Only thing is that the fronts now look like they should come out a bit, maybe 5-10mm.
 

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Quote: posted by imran on 24/12/2004 13:58:20

I got 20mm spaces with my 18x8.5 wheels .... should of gone for 15mm TBH!

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that does look phat

whats the drop on yours? and why should have you gone for 15mm?
 

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we advise that you put 15mm on the rear and 5mm on the front, have 18" rs4's on mine with these ant work and look perfect with a 35mm drop.
 

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thanx frosticles, i was thinking of getting couple for the back only cos the front is looking ok but would it look odd with spacers only at the back?
 

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That cos BBS love to make wheels for the mk4 in the wrong fligging offset! 25mm i bet? so it like u have a 10mm spacer at the rear bring the offset from the correct 35 to 25. Althought i bet the front stick out a bit right?
 

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Just a thought but...............

Did you know that by putting spacers on it affects the (KPI) or King Pin Inclination.

Each corner of the car is set up so that the suspension puts the weight of the car through the centre of the wheelbearing and therefor the centre of the tyre giving and even weight spread and by putting on spacers you are actualy shifting the weight onto only half the wheelbearing causing extra heat and sometimes very premature wheelbearing failure, which in worst scenarios will cause your wheel to come flying off, or at best will leave you out of pocket because you have had to put new wheelbearings on and new tyres because of uneven wear and all because nobody told you.

Also vw build into the cars design to have whats called a 'Negative Roll Radius' which if you have a puncture whilst driving, the punctured side will pull into the centre and as the other side is higher it also pulls into the centre meaning the car stays centralized and will go where you point it until you stop unlike most other manufacturors where if the a puncture occurs the car will pull to whatever side is punctured which could cause you to pull in front of another vehicle.

After explaining that, spacers also affect the Negative roll radius in a bad way.

Manufacturors spend time and money to research and develop these cars and its not always as simple as it looks why things are designed the way they are.

This is why you have reputable aftermarket mods and cheap ones, the cheap ones have had no reseach and development (or very little)while the reputable ones might be a bit dearer, you know they wont cause long term failings with other parts of your car.

I hope this was a useful read and a help to any decision you do make when it comes to spacers.
 

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Just a thought but...............

Did you know that by putting spacers on it affects the (KPI) or King Pin Inclination.

Each corner of the car is set up so that the suspension puts the weight of the car through the centre of the wheelbearing and therefor the centre of the tyre giving and even weight spread and by putting on spacers you are actualy shifting the weight onto only half the wheelbearing causing extra heat and sometimes very premature wheelbearing failure, which in worst scenarios will cause your wheel to come flying off, or at best will leave you out of pocket because you have had to put new wheelbearings on and new tyres because of uneven wear and all because nobody told you.

Also vw build into the cars design to have whats called a 'Negative Roll Radius' which if you have a puncture whilst driving, the punctured side will pull into the centre and as the other side is higher it also pulls into the centre meaning the car stays centralized and will go where you point it until you stop unlike most other manufacturors where if the a puncture occurs the car will pull to whatever side is punctured which could cause you to pull in front of another vehicle.
After explaining that, spacers also affect the Negative roll radius in a bad way.

Manufacturors spend time and money to research and develop these cars and its not always as simple as it looks why things are designed the way they are.

This is why you have reputable aftermarket mods and cheap ones, the cheap ones have had no reseach and development (or very little)while the reputable ones might be a bit dearer, you know they wont cause long term failings with other parts of your car.

I hope this was a useful read and a help to any decision you do make when it comes to spacers.
Ok i know its 5 years old but.......... Im thinking of getting some spacers and this post is a bit worrying, can anyone confirm if this is true?

Thanks.
 

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Just a thought but...............

Did you know that by putting spacers on it affects the (KPI) or King Pin Inclination.

Each corner of the car is set up so that the suspension puts the weight of the car through the centre of the wheelbearing and therefor the centre of the tyre giving and even weight spread and by putting on spacers you are actualy shifting the weight onto only half the wheelbearing causing extra heat and sometimes very premature wheelbearing failure, which in worst scenarios will cause your wheel to come flying off, or at best will leave you out of pocket because you have had to put new wheelbearings on and new tyres because of uneven wear and all because nobody told you.

Also vw build into the cars design to have whats called a 'Negative Roll Radius' which if you have a puncture whilst driving, the punctured side will pull into the centre and as the other side is higher it also pulls into the centre meaning the car stays centralized and will go where you point it until you stop unlike most other manufacturors where if the a puncture occurs the car will pull to whatever side is punctured which could cause you to pull in front of another vehicle.
After explaining that, spacers also affect the Negative roll radius in a bad way.

Manufacturors spend time and money to research and develop these cars and its not always as simple as it looks why things are designed the way they are.

This is why you have reputable aftermarket mods and cheap ones, the cheap ones have had no reseach and development (or very little)while the reputable ones might be a bit dearer, you know they wont cause long term failings with other parts of your car.

I hope this was a useful read and a help to any decision you do make when it comes to spacers.
Ok i know its 5 years old but.......... Im thinking of getting some spacers and this post is a bit worrying, can anyone confirm if this is true?

Thanks.
LOL didnt realise this post was 5 years old!! but after reading what he said has made me worry aswell!! if he is saying we shouldnt buy cheap then maybe we should stick to H&R spaces instead of FK
 
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