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    1. Semi-n00b
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      11-18-2019 03:47 PM #1
      New to the forum but been reading posts for a while.

      I have a 2019 GLI 35th Edition and I'm looking for wheel spacers. I know spacers is a preference thing but I would like to hear from folks that have installed them and how they look.
      Prefer something flush that wont hit or rub.

      Thanks in advance.

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    3. 11-18-2019 04:26 PM #2
      Check ECS wheel spacer flush kit. I thought GLI wheel offset is not really different from MK7 or 7.5 GTI.

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      11-18-2019 04:36 PM #3
      Someone recommended 10mm int front and 12mm in the back.

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    6. 11-18-2019 09:23 PM #4
      Check out the ecs flush kit for the jetta. I've got them on my gli and it looks great.

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      11-18-2019 09:50 PM #5
      Definitely ECS flush kit, which is 12.5 in front and 15mm rear. I am selling a set that I used for less than a month before moving to a different wheel set up if you're interested!
      why so serious?

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      11-19-2019 08:27 AM #6
      Where can I find in the ECS website the flush kit for the GLI?

      Scratch that, after some searching I found them.

      I'm a bit concerned with the tires rubbing. Anyone with the ECS flush kit having any issues?
      Last edited by b-mtrd; 11-19-2019 at 10:33 AM.

    9. 11-19-2019 11:58 AM #7
      I’ve asked this a few times but can’t get an answer. Are there any issues getting them off when trying to do brakes or a thing with the wheel?

      Thanks!


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      11-20-2019 06:31 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by b-mtrd View Post
      Where can I find in the ECS website the flush kit for the GLI?

      Scratch that, after some searching I found them.

      I'm a bit concerned with the tires rubbing. Anyone with the ECS flush kit having any issues?
      Definitely no rubbing issues at stock height. Probably fine with a reasonably aggressive drop as well.

      Quote Originally Posted by MisterRoy View Post
      I’ve asked this a few times but can’t get an answer. Are there any issues getting them off when trying to do brakes or a thing with the wheel?

      Thanks!


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      Shouldn't be a problem if you apply anti-seize to the spacers and your hubs. The ECS spacers also have a little groove where you could insert a flathead screwdriver and pry if needed. But just lube them up and you should be fine.
      why so serious?

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      11-20-2019 10:10 AM #9
      here is my 35th with the ECS flush kit. At stock height rubbing is 0 concern and even with a 1"-2" drop I don't think you would be close.




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      11-20-2019 10:50 AM #10
      Looks great. I'll have to wait until Sprint to install them as I'm putting the steel wheels and I think it would be too much with the spacers.

      Thank you

    13. 11-21-2019 08:54 PM #11
      Never add front wheel spacers.
      Suspensions are carefully designed to put the wheel in the exact center of the pivot for the wheel.
      If you add spacers, then the wheel is outside the center of pivot, and will act as a lever if you hit something like a pot hole, and that can then cause the steering wheel to snap back and break fingers.
      Spacers also cause much more resistance to turning the wheel, and throw off the whole alignment.
      Caster is greatly increased and you will notice the front of the car moving up and down when you turn the wheel.
      A really, really bad idea.

      Rear wheel spacers do much less harm, so do not really matter.
      At most they just cause premature wheel bearing failure.

    14. 11-21-2019 09:29 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by kirk_augustin View Post
      Never add front wheel spacers.
      Suspensions are carefully designed to put the wheel in the exact center of the pivot for the wheel.
      If you add spacers, then the wheel is outside the center of pivot, and will act as a lever if you hit something like a pot hole, and that can then cause the steering wheel to snap back and break fingers.
      Spacers also cause much more resistance to turning the wheel, and throw off the whole alignment.
      Caster is greatly increased and you will notice the front of the car moving up and down when you turn the wheel.
      A really, really bad idea.

      Rear wheel spacers do much less harm, so do not really matter.
      At most they just cause premature wheel bearing failure.
      Yeah maybe if you're using 6 inch ones lol

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      11-21-2019 10:00 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by kirk_augustin View Post
      Never add front wheel spacers.
      Suspensions are carefully designed to put the wheel in the exact center of the pivot for the wheel.
      If you add spacers, then the wheel is outside the center of pivot, and will act as a lever if you hit something like a pot hole, and that can then cause the steering wheel to snap back and break fingers.
      Spacers also cause much more resistance to turning the wheel, and throw off the whole alignment.
      Caster is greatly increased and you will notice the front of the car moving up and down when you turn the wheel.
      A really, really bad idea.

      Rear wheel spacers do much less harm, so do not really matter.
      At most they just cause premature wheel bearing failure.
      12mm isn't going to be enough to cause any of these issues.

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      11-21-2019 10:05 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Dj1001 View Post
      12mm isn't going to be enough to cause any of these issues.
      Just did a little digging online comparing wheel offset on other MQB cars and they can vary by up to 7mm with the GLI/GTI being in the middle, a base jetta being the least offset and an Audi TT being the most offset. I'm nearly certain all of these cars share the same suspension.

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      11-21-2019 10:50 PM #15
      Could be worth looking into Black Forest Industries. They have a gli build they have been doing and I believe they machine their own spacers.
      Here is a link. https://blackforestindustries.com/collections/spacers

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      11-22-2019 01:38 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Jetta.GLI.35th.6spd. View Post
      Could be worth looking into Black Forest Industries. They have a gli build they have been doing and I believe they machine their own spacers.
      Here is a link. https://blackforestindustries.com/collections/spacers
      They look almost identical to the ECS spacers and are pretty much the same price.

      That being said both should be top notch quality.

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      11-22-2019 01:55 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by b-mtrd View Post
      New to the forum but been reading posts for a while.

      I have a 2019 GLI 35th Edition and I'm looking for wheel spacers. I know spacers is a preference thing but I would like to hear from folks that have installed them and how they look.
      Prefer something flush that wont hit or rub.

      Thanks in advance.
      Read what kirk_augustin had to say about this horrible mod. If that's not enough for you than do some more additional research on the the web.
      And at the end if you're still not convinced that it's a terrible mod for the sake of looks don't forget to notify your insurance co. or they may easily deny your claim if something happens.

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      11-22-2019 08:52 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by jurotek View Post
      Read what kirk_augustin had to say about this horrible mod. If that's not enough for you than do some more additional research on the the web.
      And at the end if you're still not convinced that it's a terrible mod for the sake of looks don't forget to notify your insurance co. or they may easily deny your claim if something happens.
      Spacers this small aren't anywhere near enough to cause any of the issues in his post.

      Horror stories with spacers usually stem from people either not using extended studs and the wheel falls off or they use a huge bolt on ebay spacer and then yes many bad things happen.

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