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  • Another good 'ol rim question: Are spacers safe to use?

    Ok,

    Back to the drawing board...

    I've found yet another set of rims that I like a lot, and fits all of my criterias...but, it's a 20x7.5...perfect for normal width, but now I've added the fender flares, I don't want them to swallow the rims.

    I know I'm able to use spacers just to push 'em out a lil' bit...but is it a safe option to do? I don't want to do anything that's gonna put extra stress on the suspension. Any help is appreciated.
    I'm on 20's, shaved, bagged, kitted w/Lambo doors and soon to be boosted...what more could you ask for?

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    We tried using spacers on my wheels to make more clearance for the air bag. Every single one we put on made the wheels spin crooked. We tried all four, and they all did it.

    My buddy had spacers on his car. After seeing my car he jacked his up and sure enough his wheels wobbled too.

    I would NEVER use wheel spacers.
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    • #3
      Are you guys not properly torquing your wheels right? I've never had an issue with spacers on my car as some others have. If it is not a hubcentric spacer your going to want to torque them while it's off the ground. Just have someone hold the brake for the fronts.

      --Adam
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      • #4
        Of course I was putting them on correctly. I used to work at a damn rim shop lol.
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        • #5
          Dosn't really mean much to me, sry. I've seen too many problems from tire / rim shops around here.

          --Adam
          2002 Subaru WRX - 2012 Yeti SB66 MTB

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          • #6
            Adam, you're talking a 5mm spacer. These guys are most likely talking 25mm. Big difference.

            Spacers are safe to a certain extent. They will screw with your suspension geometry and fuck your wheel bearings though. Depends how far out you want to go.
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            • #7
              I was running a 10mm + 5mm at the end of last season. No problems here.

              This was only to and from autocross though.

              --Adam
              2002 Subaru WRX - 2012 Yeti SB66 MTB

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              • #8
                i know Ian from qksltwo is running 25mm spacers on the rear wheels and said he had no problemos. don't know about the front though. he has em for sale last time i checked

                http://www.qksltwo.com/forsale.html scroll down
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                94 SW2a>m - slammed and boosted 9 PSI - sloppymechanics.com inspired. Now owned by Importsdontlikeme.
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                • #9
                  Thanks everyone...hopefully more people can share their experiences with them. They're a 20x7.5, so I think I'll be ok...a little wider than what the current ones are. I was hoping for a 20x8, but at this point, hey...
                  I'm on 20's, shaved, bagged, kitted w/Lambo doors and soon to be boosted...what more could you ask for?

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                  • #10
                    Why not get the 8's you want and get a +25 offset instead of +38.
                    Huff &amp; Doback<br />Prestige Worldwide<br />

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                    • #11
                      my buddys widebody jetta we are running total bout 1" of spacer...no problems

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Foxxy02SC2
                        Why not get the 8's you want and get a +25 offset instead of +38.
                        I've yet to find a 20x8 4-lug rim, other than a custom forged set...most jump to a 5x100 or 5x114
                        I'm on 20's, shaved, bagged, kitted w/Lambo doors and soon to be boosted...what more could you ask for?

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                        • #13
                          5on whatever are WAY easier to find, ever think of ordering a blank set, and having a machine shop drill your patter out?

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                          • #14
                            What about (since you're doing so much custom work already) swaping out the hub ass. for a 5 bolt pattern? Also, is there a specific price range/style/brand of rims you are looking for?
                            Huff &amp; Doback<br />Prestige Worldwide<br />

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                            • #15
                              what's a hub ass? is that new? cause i want one.
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                              94 SW2a>m - slammed and boosted 9 PSI - sloppymechanics.com inspired. Now owned by Importsdontlikeme.
                              94 SC2m - Build in progress, Ford EDIS, 720cc's, stock engine, MS2v3.57 7 on the road again

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