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Old 04-25-2003, 11:30 AM   #1
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Ok everybody if i were to use wheel spacer on a set of 18x8 wheels with an offset of say 40 or so would it rub?(i have tein S-tech springs(2.0-.7)) and how smart is it use wheel spacers? What problems would arise if any. I just cannot bring myself to buy wheels and tires and then only get 7.5 wide. it almost seems pointless to me as far as function, I dunno, what are your opions?

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Old 04-25-2003, 12:34 PM   #2
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I might be wrong here, but i think you would use spacers if the offset was greater than recommended.
In your case it is lower than recommended and you would have to shave off thickness to bring the wheel in....which is a bad idea that I would not recommend.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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Old 04-25-2003, 12:44 PM   #3
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That is correct. If you have a 40mm offset, and add 5mm spacers, you'd now have a 35mm offset, which would put the wheel further out. The lower the offset, the more the wheel is pushed out. So spacers would be a bad idea. I think ideally you'd want somewhere close to a 45mm offset with an 8" wide wheel.
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Old 04-25-2003, 01:11 PM   #4
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i agree. 35mm is a bit (waaay bit) too agressive for our factory
sus geometry. i use 50mm and that's all ill use (well 50-52).
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Old 04-25-2003, 01:45 PM   #5
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Thanx, guys
I think that 45 offset and 8 nch wide will be the wheel of choice.
I think this guy will prob. stay away from the spacer idea.
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Old 04-25-2003, 02:50 PM   #6
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what about a 38mm offset
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Old 04-25-2003, 03:30 PM   #7
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I use 35mm offset on my gravel/snow wheels. Its a huge difference in feel from the sotck 53mm offset. I personaly, like it much better. In fact, I am looking to get new autoX wheels with an offset closer to 40mm.

Lower offset decreases bearing life, but given that Subaru bearings are crap anyways, replacing them every two seasons isn't unreasonable... to me.

Low offset make the car much easier to unsettle, give better turn in, and better feedback through the steering. I find I can drive faster without having to do as much work (and guessing what the car may do next) with the lower offset.

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Old 04-25-2003, 10:57 PM   #8
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thanks for the info
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:01 AM   #9
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Question on using a spacer!
-Ok so I know that spacers and improper offset are harmful to suspension components, wheel bearings, etc...
-What is the most I can space out my winter wheels (wrx stockers)... I am probably going with ichiba and they have many sizes (10mm,15,20,25).
Please don't give me a whole bunch of ish about me being stupid because I want to space out my stock wheels.
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You're stupid for wanting to space out your stock wheels.

And nice job resurrecting a thread from 5 years ago.

Any spacer over 3mm (some say 5mm, but I wouldn't chance it), and you'll need longer studs.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:39 PM   #11
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^yea i know its a dumb idea but i was thinking about it for winter lol.

annnd why would i create a new thread for wheel spacers when there is already a non archived thread called "Wheel spacers"...

I was thinking about the wheel adapter spacers with the studs on them. (i dont think a spacer greater then 10mm would be very smart on the oem studs lol)

n/m i knew somebody would beak me for that...
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:15 PM   #12
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And nice job resurrecting a thread from 5 years ago.
Sarcasm?

I swear, people get flamed on around here for not searching, and starting new threads on covered topics...and what happens when someone searches and adds to an existing thread...THEY GET FLAMED!!! Sure there may be more thorough discussions on wheel spacers than this one, but at least he meant well.

Unless of course I read it wrong and you were seriously congratulating him...?

I was running 5mm spacers on my stock studs for about a year, and as mav1c mentioned it is one of those iffy things. Daily driving, you are probably going to be okay, but regular trips to the mountains and auto-x and you are pushing it. Let me put it this way, I felt much more confident about tossing my car around once I installed extended studs.
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:19 PM   #13
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I had a 2002 Benz C230 and put 18x8 on it. Now I grew up and bought an 05 STI. I am not fond of the gold BBS would like to put my 18's on. The bolt pattern on the benz was 5x112 how do i remedy the issue and get them to fit on my STI? Any help is appreciated.
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^^^you don't.. sell those benz wheels and get 5x114 wheels with accommodating sizing/offset
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:32 PM   #16
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^^^you don't.. sell those benz wheels and get 5x114 wheels with accommodating sizing/offset
+1 Dont mess with adapters or spacers.
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Low offset make the car much easier to unsettle, give better turn in, and better feedback through the steering. I find I can drive faster without having to do as much work (and guessing what the car may do next) with the lower offset.

-Pete
I know this is old as ****, but to whoever may read this, I found that running a +35 offset 17x8 wheel gave me the opposite effect.

My turn-in had slowed down by a lot and it felt soft and unresponsive. While on the stockers I had super quick turn-in and go kart-like response.
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