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      03-07-2016, 03:11 PM   #1
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Whose running spacers?

Hi all,

I've toyed with the idea of spacers for years now but never bit the bullet and installed some. I have seen decent kits come and go and have considered installing some rear spacers on my E92 M Sport to give those rear wheels a bit more poke! They currently sit quite far into the arch for my liking!

So back to the title, who is running spacers here in the UK and what's your feelings on them?

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      03-07-2016, 03:45 PM   #2
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Fitted a set of hubcentric spacers on my E91 a few weeks back. Lot wider stance now and the car looks like the wheels fit.
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Fitted a set of hubcentric spacers on my E91 a few weeks back. Lot wider stance now and the car looks like the wheels fit.
Got any pics? I'm mainly worried about; vibration, noise and safety under heavy cornering
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No noise, vibrations or extra tyre wear just make sure you fit hubcentric and that they are for your particular model. I'll upload some pic's tomorrow.
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Mine tramlines a little more but looks so much better
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Mine tramlines a little more but looks so much better
Is that not to do with your tracking?
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Is that not to do with your tracking?
No.. It's because of the increased scrub radius.
Tracking was done shortly after fitting spacers using the latest hunter system.
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[quote=Sinbad666;19532032]No.. It's because of the increased scrub radius.
Tracking was done shortly after fitting spacers

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What is the benefit of spacers? It it purely cosmetic?
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What is the benefit of spacers? It it purely cosmetic?
Yes pretty much. Widening the track would help handling too to a degree.
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What width spacers did you fit on the rear if you don't mind me asking? I also have an E91 and it's running 225/45/17 tyres all round. The rears would look TONS better with spacers but not sure what size would be best.

Was thinking 15-20mm but that possibly 20mm might be a tiny bit much. Don't want them to rub if I have things in the boot for instance.

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I'm running 15mm at the rear of my e91 and I think 10 or 12 at the front. Pre-LCI has a narrower track so you can often fit wider spacers than on the LCI models. On the rear I have 255/35/18 tyres and don't have any rubbing.

I have heard that you can go as far as 20mm on the rear but I haven't tried it.
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Thanks mate, mine is 2006 so pre Lci, and narrower tyres than you too.

So if you have 15mm with wider tyres and on LCI/wider track then I guess 20mm should be ok for my 06 model on 225 tyres.
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I have spacers, they give the car more road presence and really enhance the look of the wheels. The Pre-LCI track was designed to allow the fitting of snow chains and look odd now that I'm used to the look with spacers.

I'm running MV3 wheels and first tried 12mm spacers on the front which didn't look quite right, so changed them to 10mm which now look spot on. I've fitted 15mm on the rear which looks fine. The stance looks just right in my eyes, the car should have left the factory with this track setup.

Interestingly the LCI update widened the track by 25mm.
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My car's a pre LCI, sorry if I didn't make that clear.
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I am. Only 5mm H&R spacers on the back. Gives it that little extra poke
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OP the best way to work out which width spacers you can accommodate is to measure. See here:



Even different brands of the same size tyre can give you clearance/rubbing issues, so measurement is the only fail-safe way. Different spacers front to rear are common, but I stuck with the same width front and back, to preserve the factory balance between front and rear track widths.
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