I was thinking about getting spacers because I recently slammed my 337 and i want my wheels to look flush with the fender, but i've heard stories about the wheels falling off, any recommendations?
using the proper lugs (ball or cone), the proper length lugs, at the proper torque setting you have nothing to worry about.
Buy quality spacers from either H&R or 42DD. Since you don't like searching, get 10/20 spacers, front and rear.
I'm one of the unlucky one's whose wheel fell off. What happened was i was using the wrong bolts. I had aftermarket wheels and bolts for those wheels. I ended up going back to stock wheels but didnt think and kept the aftermarket bolts. 3000 miles later the wheel fell off. Luckily i was doing 30 mph in a no traffic area, so i was alright but the car was totalled.
Spacers are safe when they are ran correctly. 10 in the front and 20mm in the back will make stock wheels look good. Just remember to get longer bolts and torque the bolts properly. After theyre torqued go for a short drive and then re-torque them.
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Last edited by ECS Tuning; 09-12-2012 at 10:31 AM.
10mm front 20mm rear with extended bolts ball seat of OEM and Conical is aftermarket.
My wheel fell off last friday doing 20mph. I forgot to tighten the bolts on the back left wheel. Car slammed on the floor and the wheel rolled pass me. LUCKILY, nothing happened. the car landed on the coil over bolt and nothing else hit the ground, not even the brake rotor
Actually I am the one who was running the adapters that blew. I was running RH zwII's with RH adapters made specifically for the wheel with the correct lugs, they were also torqued to the correct given amount. I have heard other stories where they have blown on other people as well and I didnt think it would ever happen to me, oh but it did. Spacers are different, as the bolt goes directly into the hub instead of into a piece of metal in between the hub and wheel hub.
You're not going to get that flush look with stock wheels whether you add spacers or not. Bigger rear wheels, stretched tires and lip to fender is considered "flush" to 90% of the people on here
Spacers are 100% safe and track friendly ONLY if they are hub centric and wheel centric, plus if your wheels have a different center bore (the middle hole that fits over your hub) use appropriate wheel hub centric rings that fit the spacer. That is the most important thing.
If you don't have the weigh on the hub, then the weight is distributed over the lug bolts and then they break, wheels fall off and you crash. that is a given
You will get flush look with stock wheels there are hundreds of examples on vortex alone. 20mm spacer with OEM aristos and they are sitting flush in the back. but tire choice and how low you are is important too.
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We also carry spacers in several sizes for your application!
I personally run 8mm and 15mm spacers on my GLI on RCs w/ 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sports. Looks good, no rubs.
Like others have suggested, 10mm/20mm combinations work fine for most people as well.
Each spacers description, as well as the wheel bolts, list what bolt lengths are required for each application.
8mm spacers HERE
10mm spacers HERE
15mm spacers HERE
20mm spacers HERE
Wheel bolts HERE
*8mm & 10mm spacers fit OEM wheels only