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      03-27-2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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Do I lower the car first or install spacers?

Not sure if this should be in this thread or suspension one but here it goes.

I plan to lower my car on Coilovers but I hate the tucked in tire look. I'd only lower to the point where the wheel can sit flush and not rub.

I wanted to clarify whether I should be lowering the car first and then installing the spacers or the other way round?

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      03-27-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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      03-28-2013, 01:11 AM   #3
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I lowered the car first to see how much room I had for spacers without rubbing issues
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+1. Sure way to come up with the right measurent. And also you might wanna wait for the springs to fully settle before measuring.
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I lowered the car first to see how much room I had for spacers without rubbing issues
+1 its the way to do it!!
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Lower, then get spacers.
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But if I lower first, and end up doing more than I want, I'll end up having the "tucked-in" tire look, no? I want the tire and fender to sit flush if that makes sense?

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Then raise it back up more? That's the beauty of coilovers.
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But if I lower first, and end up doing more than I want, I'll end up having the "tucked-in" tire look, no? I want the tire and fender to sit flush if that makes sense?

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Of course you will have the tucked in tire look. That allows you to then measure to see how thick of a spacer you need to push your tires flush with the fender. Then you go and buy the spacers and install them.

Would it really kill you to wait a few hours or a few days driving with tucked in tires to get the right sized spacers?
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Of course you will have the tucked in tire look. That allows you to then measure to see how thick of a spacer you need to push your tires flush with the fender. Then you go and buy the spacers and install them.

Would it really kill you to wait a few hours or a few days driving with tucked in tires to get the right sized spacers?
lol no it wont kill me. But I'm just thinking that if I want to make sure I don't rub, it would make sense to get spacers first and then lower it accordingly? no?
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lol no it wont kill me. But I'm just thinking that if I want to make sure I don't rub, it would make sense to get spacers first and then lower it accordingly? no?
No. Because how would you even know what size spacer to get if you haven't even lowered the car yet? If you put spacers on an unlowered car that you want to have a flush fitment after lowering, the rims/tires will stick way out past the fender. You will think, hmmnnn... this may rub. But you won't really know. You can get somewhat close, but it's a crapshoot.

So, do the smart thing as recommended. Lower first. Drive around for a while to let the suspension settle. Get alignment done. Then take a ruler and measure the distance btw the rim/tire and fender to see how much gap you have. From there, you can decide how aggressive of a spacer you need to get flush with the fender.
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No. Because how would you even know what size spacer to get if you haven't even lowered the car yet? If you put spacers on an unlowered car that you want to have a flush fitment after lowering, the rims/tires will stick way out past the fender. You will think, hmmnnn... this may rub. But you won't really know. You can get somewhat close, but it's a crapshoot.

So, do the smart thing as recommended. Lower first. Drive around for a while to let the suspension settle. Get alignment done. Then take a ruler and measure the distance btw the rim/tire and fender to see how much gap you have. From there, you can decide how aggressive of a spacer you need to get flush with the fender.
Great Explanation! Thanks!
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