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    Thread: Spacers for factory 18x9's?

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      09-18-2012 06:23 PM #1
      Hello all,

      I've had my '12 TT for a year and want a more aggressive stance. Currently, I have H&R Sport Springs, no mag ride with the factory 10-spoke 18x9 wheels. What size spacers would you guys recommend for the front and rear without rubbing. The tires are factory as well, RE50 245/40/18. Lastly, which manufacturer would you recommend? I'm concerned with vibrations but with so many people on here using spacers, I figured that's not really an issue if it is sized/installed correctly.

      Thanks for your input!!
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      09-19-2012 02:27 PM #2
      For those that have used spacers, is it always best to get the spacers that have the hubcentric lip? This would seem the best way to ensure alignment but the minimum size with the lip is 10 mm.

      Please someone chime in with experience...
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    3. 09-19-2012 02:48 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by eXhilarat3d View Post
      For those that have used spacers, is it always best to get the spacers that have the hubcentric lip? This would seem the best way to ensure alignment but the minimum size with the lip is 10 mm.

      Please someone chime in with experience...
      I've got 5mm spacers on the back and have taken a decent amount of the tab off and it still rubs when cornering.

      It is generally better to get the hubcentric lip but if you're using smaller spacers (like I am) and you're really careful with torquing the lugs they're fine. I only torque the lugs without any weight on the tire and I get them to 70 ft-lb before going up to 90.

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      09-19-2012 02:58 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by JohnLZ7W View Post
      I've got 5mm spacers on the back and have taken a decent amount of the tab off and it still rubs when cornering.

      It is generally better to get the hubcentric lip but if you're using smaller spacers (like I am) and you're really careful with torquing the lugs they're fine. I only torque the lugs without any weight on the tire and I get them to 70 ft-lb before going up to 90.
      John,

      Are you still running the factory 19x9 5-arm rotors? Since I'm running 18x9, would it be safe to run a 5mm or possibly 8mm without grinding the tab down?
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    5. 09-19-2012 04:27 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by eXhilarat3d View Post
      John,

      Are you still running the factory 19x9 5-arm rotors? Since I'm running 18x9, would it be safe to run a 5mm or possibly 8mm without grinding the tab down?
      Yep, stock 19x9 et52 wheels and 255/35 tires with stock ride height. With 245s you'll probably be ok with either the 5s or 8s.

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      09-19-2012 05:40 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by JohnLZ7W View Post
      Yep, stock 19x9 et52 wheels and 255/35 tires with stock ride height. With 245s you'll probably be ok with either the 5s or 8s.
      Do you have any spacers on your front wheels?
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    7. 09-19-2012 06:05 PM #7
      Nope. Happened to have some 5mm spacers in the garage and this evens the fender gap with the stock front offset

    8. 09-19-2012 09:12 PM #8
      Or, you can get the just announced 42 Draft Designs hubcentric spacers in 5 or 8mm.

      http://store.42draftdesigns.com/VWAu...ers_p_477.html

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      09-19-2012 10:49 PM #9
      Great find! They are prIced nIcely as well. I'm considering going with 8 mm for the rears and 5 mm for fronts.
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      09-21-2012 12:23 AM #10
      hm interesting find. i just got the H&R sport springs, havent installed it yet but was wondering about the spacers too. im still on 18x9 turbines.

      take pics if u end up geting the spacers
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      09-24-2012 04:50 PM #11
      I ended up grabbing the Forgestar wheels from Desert TTRS since he gave me such a great deal. Great guy and always a pleasure to deal with!

      I will post pictures on a different thread.
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      09-25-2012 10:02 PM #12
      Sorry for going off topic, but with the h&r springs, will it rub on stock 18x9 10 spoke without spacers?

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      09-30-2012 03:59 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by lude219 View Post
      Sorry for going off topic, but with the h&r springs, will it rub on stock 18x9 10 spoke without spacers?
      No, it will not. I've done close to 10k with this setup and never once has it rubbed.
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      09-30-2012 06:03 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by eXhilarat3d View Post
      No, it will not. I've done close to 10k with this setup and never once has it rubbed.
      thanks for that! do you spacers on your forgestar wheels then?

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      10-05-2012 09:57 AM #15
      just lowered with H&R springs yesterday and the rears definitely could use some spacers to push it out a tad so that it would flush better. i did quick measurement and looks like it could fit 10mm. From searching various forums, seems like most that rubs with 10mm spacers are running 19s. So wondering if it'll be fine with 10mm with 18x9 wheels? Hmmm...

      Or I could go safer route and go with the 8mm from 42draftdesigns with the hubcentric.

      what do you guys thinks? H&R 10mm spacers or 8 or 10mm 42draft designs spacers?
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      10-05-2012 11:24 AM #16
      What width tire are you running? FYI, I rubbed with stock height, 10 mm spacers and 255/35/19's so I'd suggest you go with 5 mm spacers to ensure no rubbing.
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      10-05-2012 11:50 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevelev View Post
      What width tire are you running? FYI, I rubbed with stock height, 10 mm spacers and 255/35/19's so I'd suggest you go with 5 mm spacers to ensure no rubbing.
      im running 245/40/18
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      10-05-2012 12:00 PM #18
      Currently, I'm running 19x9 wheels with 47 offset. When I put in a 5 mm spacers in the rear, it only rubbed on 1 area on the highway. It's an overpass with a large bump and dip right after. I replaced it with a 3 mm spacer and it no longer rubs.

      I ended up putting the 5 mm spacers on the front wheels. Now the top of the wheels match the outside fender.

      So....

      Front 19x9 +42 offset, 245/35-19
      Rear 19x9 +44 offset, 245/35-19

      To be on the safe side, I would recommend 8mm spacers unless you plan on shaving the bumper tab.
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      10-05-2012 12:06 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by eXhilarat3d View Post
      Currently, I'm running 19x9 wheels with 47 offset. When I put in a 5 mm spacers in the rear, it only rubbed on 1 area on the highway. It's an overpass with a large bump and dip right after. I replaced it with a 3 mm spacer and it no longer rubs.

      I ended up putting the 5 mm spacers on the front wheels. Now the top of the wheels match the outside fender.

      So....

      Front 19x9 +42 offset, 245/35-19
      Rear 19x9 +44 offset, 245/35-19

      To be on the safe side, I would recommend 8mm spacers unless you plan on shaving the bumper tab.
      Thanks man. I think I'll go with 8mm to be safe .. any ideas what size extended bolts I would need for hte stock wheels?

      http://store.42draftdesigns.com/VWAu...ers_p_477.html
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      10-05-2012 12:18 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by tt-ho View Post
      Thanks man. I think I'll go with 8mm to be safe .. any ideas what size extended bolts I would need for hte stock wheels?

      http://store.42draftdesigns.com/VWAu...ers_p_477.html
      You'll need 14x1.5 36 mm lug bolts with ball seat. That'll give the lug bolts the same bite as the factory ones without spacers. The factory lug bolts are 28 mm.
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      10-05-2012 12:24 PM #21
      42DD doesn't carry the lug bolts you need. According to their info, factory is 27 mm. 27 + 8 = 35 (a size they don't carry).

      Found some that match exactly at http://shop.achtuning.com/hartmann-1...-for-audi.aspx
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      10-05-2012 12:39 PM #22
      Hmm interesting. Would this be the right ones from Achtuning website ...

      R12 Ball Seat (17mm HEX) NICKEL, 14mm 1.50 x 35MM?
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      10-05-2012 12:52 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by tt-ho View Post
      Hmm interesting. Would this be the right ones from Achtuning website ...

      R12 Ball Seat (17mm HEX) NICKEL, 14mm 1.50 x 35MM?
      That's it! The R13 is a harder metal but it's also double the price.
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      10-05-2012 01:39 PM #24
      Sweet and its free shipping! lol. Thanks for the help!
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