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Old 05-02-2007, 12:30 PM   #1
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Default What do you think of spacers to convert 5x100 to 5x114.3 ?

Someone is selling a set of spacers that will changes the bolt pattern from 5x100 to 5x114.3. They are 5mm so as I understand it this will change the offset to 5mm lower ET48 becomes ET 43.

Is it safe to run these and are there any bad side effects to using them ?
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Old 05-02-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
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...bad-bad-bad-bad idea

and they are NOT 5mm...aint possible
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Old 05-02-2007, 12:47 PM   #3
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Its pointless...the main advantage of the larger 05+ STi bolt pattern is not the wheels, its the bearings and hub design. Anybody who is doing a swap is doing it for that, not for the bolt pattern.

Find some wheels that fit.
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:22 PM   #4
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It's gotta be somewhere between a 20mm and 30 mm spacer, so good luck getting that to fit.
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Old 05-02-2007, 02:09 PM   #5
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Avoid it. Get wheels with a 5x100 bolt pattern. "Converters" are just a bad idea for so many reasons.
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:38 PM   #6
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"Converters" are just a bad idea for so many reasons.
#1 being an additional point of failure.
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Fair enough, just a bad idea. Thanks.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:28 AM   #8
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Its pointless...the main advantage of the larger 05+ STi bolt pattern is not the wheels, its the bearings and hub design. Anybody who is doing a swap is doing it for that, not for the bolt pattern.

Find some wheels that fit.

It's most def. not pointless.. There are way more wheels available in 5x114.3 versus 5x100, which is probably why the OP is asking this question.

Adapters can be safe(hubcentric, correct bolts, correctly torqued), however with subarus having such high offsets from the factory and adapters usually run about 20mm, you're going to have to find a wheel with atleast ET60 offset in order to achieve an ET40..
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It's most def. not pointless.. There are way more wheels available in 5x114.3 versus 5x100, which is probably why the OP is asking this question.

Adapters can be safe(hubcentric, correct bolts, correctly torqued), however with subarus having such high offsets from the factory and adapters usually run about 20mm, you're going to have to find a wheel with atleast ET60 offset in order to achieve an ET40..
Trust me, I know how hard it is to find wheels for 5x100 cars...

That being said, I still found them....I even found them with the correct offset to allow me to mount huge tires without even a spacer.

there is no reason to use an adapter when you can buy the correct wheel....its like getting a foot transplant because they don't have shoes in your size...and more than likely the adapters will be so thick that the mad tyte JDM wheels that caused to you use the adapters will no longer fit the car anyway...basically a futile effort...and pointless.
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If you want 5x114.3 so badly just do the conversion.
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there is no reason to use an adapter when you can buy the correct wheel....its like getting a foot transplant because they don't have shoes in your size...
best analogy evAR!!!1111
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Trust me, I know how hard it is to find wheels for 5x100 cars...

That being said, I still found them....I even found them with the correct offset to allow me to mount huge tires without even a spacer.

there is no reason to use an adapter when you can buy the correct wheel....its like getting a foot transplant because they don't have shoes in your size...and more than likely the adapters will be so thick that the mad tyte JDM wheels that caused to you use the adapters will no longer fit the car anyway...basically a futile effort...and pointless.

Yes, I was just stressing as the wheel bearings are not the only reason to switch to 5x114.3..

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