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Old 10-12-2016, 11:46 PM   #1
Quatro Negro
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Default Garageline Wheel Spacers

So a little about me as I am new to posting to this forum, however i have posted on various other forums over the years and thought that this may be of some value (money, time and energy) to other members. I am 34 and have been modifying and building vehicles since I was 12 years old, I have earned my ASE certification at 22 and have since joined the military and have had the honor of working on everything from generators to Fixed-Winged aircraft. Let it be known that I am by no means a cheap-skate when it comes to buying parts for my vehicles (I currently have 4 that are all modded if you were wondering) but i am also not one to pay more than I have too, especially if there are vendors that have it for less. Also I am by no means sponsored or otherwise given a discount for this post so this is as unbiased a post as i can give.



So i was skeptical to say the least when i went to buy a pair of wheel spacers for my 2016 STI and found that Garageline had a set for the unheard of price of $195, a price $141 less than that of other competing manufacturers. In order to due my due diligence I made various phone calls to Mark and compared apples to apples and found the products to be of the same quality. So needless to say i dove in and invested the money for a complete set of 20mm front and back wheel spacers.



On a side note Garageline did something that other manufactures failed to do and i thought went a little above and beyond; they took the time to differentiate between the wheel spacer thicknesses between the STI limited and the standard package (15mm vs 20mm for the front). This makes a difference due to the wheel specifications (Backspacing) that are specific to each model. Aleaviating the burden of the consumer to figure out the correct spacing, or searching till they were cross-eyed for comparable's on the inter-webs.



So enough of the typing and on to the pictures and factoids that you want to read.



First, how the product was received and packaged.





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Instructions Included. Torque Specifications were a little vague but hit the spectrum of model years. Installers should verify torque specifications from the maintenance manual or the dealer.



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These were the specifications given for my car via the maintenance manual.



Measurements were all taken using a Harbor Freight caliper so measurements may be a little off but still accurate enough (It must be said I am not sponsored by Harbor Freight. But i am willing to be, give me a call!!!):



Vehicle:



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Picture shows 2.208 (Sorry for the low light and iPhone pictures, sorry Steve Jobs may you rest in peace.)



Spacer:

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Before: car is sitting on RCE yellows

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After:

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Compressed suspension after install:

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Overall I couldn't be happier with the wheel spacers from Garageline and have to say that the fit and finish of their product (anodized spacers with zink coated hardware) is par with any on the market. The fact that they took the time to identify and verify clearance issues with model types and market a product that works with no modifications to the vehicle is something that has been missing in the world of automotive marketing for quite some time; pride in your craft. I would recommend these to anyone who wants to widen the stance for ascetics (or performance) or just can't afford the wheels they really want but want to achieve similar results. In my case i really liked the look of the STI limited wheels but wanted that unsightly gap between the wheel arch and the rim to be closed.



I would also like to mention that the personnel at Garageline went over and above my expectations, humoring me with all my questions and taking a call on a Sunday for an order and having the spacers at my door that following Tuesday. All this followed up with a call from Mark verifying that I had received the parts as promised. Hope that this helps!
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Last edited by Quatro Negro; 11-04-2016 at 08:11 AM.
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