|Quote, originally posted by kirkycake »|
Is there any advantage for putting spacers on the car performance wise or purely for looks?
handling changes for sure. whether it's an improvement or a compromise depends on your application. widening the rear will stabilize high speed cruising when pointed relatively straight, but will lessen the car's ability to turn in and compromise city driving some. widening the front can stabilize slightly on turn in, but will decrease the quickness of weight shift response.
i had front and rear spacers for about a year. i appreciated the road feel and handling on long road trips... the car felt more planted and stable above 85mph. however, at the track my car was the only of 3 MkV R's that had oversteer leading to a tail spin (ESP off).
in the end i removed the spacers as part of my effort to winterize my car. on removal immediately the car's suspension was more pliable and accepting of road bumps and irregularities, and it turned more quickly with more agility all around. however, it felt like a smaller car. i had 5mm front and 12mm rear spacers.
next experiment is to reinstall the 5mm spacers on the rear alone to see how it feels. i actually like the rear a little wider, just not 12mm wider. haven't tried less than 12mm yet, but i have a feeling it will be something i appreciate.