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    Thread: Need help with offsets? See and post here a.k.a the fitment thread

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      07-07-2012 09:57 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by bnortron113 View Post
      So if I ran a 10mm spacer on the front with an 8.5 wheel. What tire size would be essential to clear the knuckle?
      My 8.5's didn't need a spacer on the front since the ET was 25. What is the Offset of your 8.5's?
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      07-07-2012 12:22 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by E CODE View Post
      My 8.5's didn't need a spacer on the front since the ET was 25. What is the Offset of your 8.5's?
      They are ET35 in front and 40 rear
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      07-09-2012 03:41 AM #53
      hey i want to lower my car and i am ready to lower it now i just need to get tires for my 19 inch wheels that i have and want to use to lower my car onto and i got 2 tires that are good on those wheels and 2 i would have to buy so idk if i should buy all 4 new tires or just replace 2 of them

      i really want to lower my car and give it a nice stance or give it a good looking flush look whats the best tire to be able to do that with ?

      or would i need smaller wheel size to make it look a nice flush look ?

      and a tire shop was telling me that if i get stretched tires its really bad if i take a corner too hard my tire could pop and i could have alot of problems and my wheels still start shaking alot and messing everything up on my car is this true ?

      right now i the tire size i got on my rims is 235/35/19

      what size should i get if i want to lower my car on those wheels ?
      and have it looking nice

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      07-09-2012 10:22 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by bnortron113 View Post
      They are ET35 in front and 40 rear
      A spacer wouldn't hurt if you went with 215/35 like I did, however you might clear without, hard to say. I put my 215/35 ET 35 9.5's on the front of my car for giggles once and they cleared, so the stretch would probably give you enough room. But if not, a quick 5mm or 10mm spacer would clear it up.


      Quote Originally Posted by JohnzY View Post
      hey i want to lower my car and i am ready to lower it now i just need to get tires for my 19 inch wheels that i have and want to use to lower my car onto and i got 2 tires that are good on those wheels and 2 i would have to buy so idk if i should buy all 4 new tires or just replace 2 of them

      i really want to lower my car and give it a nice stance or give it a good looking flush look whats the best tire to be able to do that with ?

      or would i need smaller wheel size to make it look a nice flush look ?

      and a tire shop was telling me that if i get stretched tires its really bad if i take a corner too hard my tire could pop and i could have alot of problems and my wheels still start shaking alot and messing everything up on my car is this true ?

      right now i the tire size i got on my rims is 235/35/19

      what size should i get if i want to lower my car on those wheels ?
      and have it looking nice
      Offset and width of the wheel?
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    5. 07-09-2012 10:34 AM #55
      We ever figure out the arch width difference between B5 and B5.5 cars? I know B5.5's are wider...just not how much.

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      07-09-2012 10:44 AM #56
      No - we need someone to mount the same set of wheels on a B5 and then B5.5 and report back... then we can use that info in our calculations.... Too bad i sold my 19's or I would...

      OR - if we can get a picture of the same wheels on a B5 vw B5.5 it would be at least a good start....
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      07-09-2012 11:53 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by E CODE View Post
      A spacer wouldn't hurt if you went with 215/35 like I did, however you might clear without, hard to say. I put my 215/35 ET 35 9.5's on the front of my car for giggles once and they cleared, so the stretch would probably give you enough room. But if not, a quick 5mm or 10mm spacer would clear it up.




      Offset and width of the wheel?


      19x8.5

      e.t 38


      with the tires i got right now the 235/35/19 would i still be able to go low with those or id have to get stretched tires to be able to go low and also do i need to worry about the front being able to clear only or the front and back ?

      and how low would i be able to go on 19s ?

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      07-09-2012 12:17 PM #58
      Here is 235/35/19 on an 8.5 for reference...



      Personally, if I were worried I'd go to 215/35 myself, but those should technically work....
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      07-09-2012 05:26 PM #59
      How low can I go before I need to worry about breaking the axle and other stuff

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      07-09-2012 05:58 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by JohnzY View Post
      How low can I go before I need to worry about breaking the axle and other stuff
      You will run out of clearance before you break an axle... But you will also run out of control arm bushings if you go too low...
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      07-09-2012 10:00 PM #61
      will i do any harm on the transmission or motor or anything else really if i go low ?

      i want to have my fenders where my lip on my rim will be

      is that too low ?

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      07-09-2012 10:52 PM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by JohnzY View Post
      will i do any harm on the transmission or motor or anything else really if i go low ?

      i want to have my fenders where my lip on my rim will be

      is that too low ?
      No - motor and tranny will be fine.... but your fenders will be effed unless your offsets are perfect, and you have particularly good set of coils that are stiff. You should search for more information about lowering cars in general.
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      07-09-2012 11:27 PM #63
      im going to be using the fk street line coil overs

      and ive already bought all new control arms and upper adjustable control arms made by stern

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      07-10-2012 08:52 AM #64
      Then just toss them on and play with the hieght.... you will 100% run out of room and make the care undrivable before the coils stop you - at least on the front...
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      07-10-2012 10:30 PM #65
      hey seeing if you could help ..i just had 17'' oem vw bistar wheels on my 2005 passat wagon 4motion with a 37mm offset and just put on 17'' oem classix vw wheels with a 54mm offset they seem to be fine with no rubbing but they just dont look right.. should i get spacers ??? thanks

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      07-10-2012 10:47 PM #66
      Width on the new wheels?

      If the same as the old wheels, a 20mm spacer would bring them back out....
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      07-11-2012 12:27 AM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by E CODE View Post
      A spacer wouldn't hurt if you went with 215/35 like I did, however you might clear without, hard to say. I put my 215/35 ET 35 9.5's on the front of my car for giggles once and they cleared, so the stretch would probably give you enough room. But if not, a quick 5mm or 10mm spacer would clear it up.




      Offset and width of the wheel?
      Thanks a lot man you've been a big help
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      07-11-2012 03:50 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by E CODE View Post
      Width on the new wheels?

      If the same as the old wheels, a 20mm spacer would bring them back out....
      yeah sorry both rims are 17x7.... would 20mm be to big??? should i go with 17mm??? and i would have to get new lug bolts right? thanks

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      07-11-2012 04:30 PM #69
      If the ET is actually 54... a 40mm spacer wouldn't even put them past the front wheels on my wagon in the first post.... I guess if you really really wanted too - a 20-25mm spacer with the correct hardware would be fine. Keep in mind, while not 'dangerous' spacers that big do bring in more hardware to the system and introduce more failure points, and potential shake or wobble. So if you do it - get spacers that are both wheel and hub centric, or at least, hubcentric with the ability to accept a hub ring, and longer OEM bolts (assuming you are still using OEM wheels).
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      07-11-2012 06:23 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by E CODE View Post
      If the ET is actually 54... a 40mm spacer wouldn't even put them past the front wheels on my wagon in the first post.... I guess if you really really wanted too - a 20-25mm spacer with the correct hardware would be fine. Keep in mind, while not 'dangerous' spacers that big do bring in more hardware to the system and introduce more failure points, and potential shake or wobble. So if you do it - get spacers that are both wheel and hub centric, or at least, hubcentric with the ability to accept a hub ring, and longer OEM bolts (assuming you are still using OEM wheels).
      yes i found out i had to take the front rims off and went back to the old because they rubbed aginst the coilover i think.... they were the 17x7 54mm off set... and that was what i was looking at the spacers with hub centric and longer bolts... both set are oem vw rims i dont know if i said that the ones with the 54mm off set came off a 2008 jetta

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      07-11-2012 07:49 PM #71
      That sounds about right. VW upped the ET on the Mk5 and 6 vehicles. Which actually is great for people who want to adapt them onto other cars, but for us they cause rubbing issues....
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      07-11-2012 08:29 PM #72
      so do you think 17mm spacers with hub centric would be ok/good

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      07-11-2012 10:23 PM #73
      They would only get you closer to stock.... probably not make it look any different than your last wheels.
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      07-12-2012 12:31 AM #74
      Been meaning to post in here. 18X10 all around. ET45 with 10mm front and 20mm rear spacers. 225/40/18 kumho asx tires. Any questions?


    25. 07-12-2012 07:15 AM #75
      For posterity...

      18x8.5 ET43 w/ 215/40-18
      +10mm fr Final ET33
      +15mm rr Final ET28



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