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Wheel spacers

Postby O.K. » Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:15 pm

Hey Brian,
Thanks for all the good advice on tires.
I am thinking of getting 5mm spacers for my wheels and new tires. I want a more aggressive look and think these will help as I don't want tires larger than 195/ 50/15.
I have heard pros and cons on spacers- what do you think?
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby njaremka » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:02 am

In my experience, wheel spacers 5mm and less offer very little as far as looks are concerned. In general, anything up to 5mm is usually used when there is a need for clearance, not looks. I wouldn't go more than 5mm on stock wheel studs, either.

I had 3mm spacers on my 2001 Protege ES for clearance with FD 16x8 wheels, and I currently use 5mm spacers with my OEM 2011 Miata NC wheels.
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby Brian » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:38 am

Indeed not much change in looks from 5mm spacers. I usually recommend more than 3mm spacer done with longer studs.
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby O.K. » Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:43 am

Thanks guys, I guess I'll leave the spacers off.
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby NaregM677 » Mon May 09, 2016 10:03 am

njaremka wrote: I wouldn't go more than 5mm on stock wheel studs, either.


I kinda wish I read this comment before ordering the 10mm Wheel Spacers with Extended Studs a few days ago. What is your hesitation about adding spacers more than 5mm thick? Is it a matter of durability?
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby jboemler » Mon May 09, 2016 6:31 pm

It's a matter of thread engagement. For each mm of spacer thickness, you lose a mm of threads holding the wheels on, and eventually you risk cornering forces ripping the lug nuts off.
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby NaregM677 » Tue May 10, 2016 9:47 am

:shock: :shock: :shock:

Sooooooooo...is there anything I can do to help prevent that?
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby jboemler » Tue May 10, 2016 2:12 pm

Sure, you can install longer studs, and as long as the length is selected right the spacers are a perfectly good solution. But replacing the studs is a PITA - not worth it for people who are sticking with 195 tires.
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby NaregM677 » Wed May 11, 2016 12:33 pm

Would the studs that come with it be sufficient?
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Re: Wheel spacers

Postby jboemler » Wed May 11, 2016 1:18 pm

If you're buying spacers that come with studs, I would presume they'd be fine. If you mean the studs that came on the car with 10mm spacers, no.
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