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ajai 09-23-2012 04:05 PM

Will spacer decrease handling
 
Will spacer decrease the handling and stability of the car?
I add spacers before on my other e46. And the handling seems to be decrease.
the car feel week on corners.
Is this normal? Since I plan to get spacers for my other e46 .
but I want it to keep the handling.

scca_ziptie 09-26-2012 02:33 PM

What brand of spacers are you using? Do you have wheel studs or still running the factory wheel bolts?

trippmann 09-26-2012 04:24 PM

i believe it actually enhances the handling of the car due to the fact that it increases the with of the wheels from one side to the other.

ModBargains 09-26-2012 08:13 PM

It should not affect your performance or decrease the handling unless maybe you were using some crazy large spacers. Check out the H&R Trak Spacers. These are track proven and TUV approved! If you want a bit better handling, you should add a H&R Sway Bar which will help to keep your car more planted and help to eliminate body roll.

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e46JAB 09-26-2012 08:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trippmann (Post 14765261)
i believe it actually enhances the handling of the car due to the fact that it increases the with of the wheels from one side to the other.

This.

illestminimike 10-01-2012 03:20 AM

I agree with modbargains on the H&R spacers. I have them. They are awesome.

mkodama 10-01-2012 03:57 AM

Spacers have no noticeable effects on handling.

JohnBlaze 10-01-2012 07:47 AM

but they will lower the center of gravity ever so slightly, so in theory handling performance shoud increase.

SeanC 10-01-2012 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vI6ious (Post 14776940)
but they will lower the center of gravity ever so slightly, so in theory handling performance shoud increase.

Please explain how spacers will lower the center of gravity ever so slightly.

mkodama 10-01-2012 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vI6ious (Post 14776940)
but they will lower the center of gravity ever so slightly, so in theory handling performance shoud increase.

Not sure if joking or really stupid.

scca_ziptie 10-01-2012 05:23 PM

Spacers will provide a small increase of stability in fast/long duration corners and will slightly decrease responsiveness in quick direction change (very small, to some not noticeable). It is primarily for looks, but does have a small effect on cornering behavior. Again, it is a small change.

e46JAB 10-03-2012 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mkodama (Post 14778461)
Not sure if joking or really stupid.

I was wondering the same thing...

TerraPhantm 10-03-2012 10:49 PM

Should improve it. Since stability essentially comes down to having as low of a center of gravity as possible with as wide of a base as possible, widening the base should improve stability. The increased width is so small that the effect will not be noticeable in most cases.

ajai 10-06-2012 12:36 PM

maybe when I last got spacers I have blown shocks. Therefore when I took off the spacers the handling seems better

subieworx 10-08-2012 06:51 AM

Spacers will increase track width, but not in a way that you want. Increasing track width for the purposes of handling should be done with longer arms. Using spacers can increase grip, but will have a detrimental affect on steering response due to the increase in scrub radius. This will lead to heavier steering that is not quite as precise and a car that will tram line quite a bit. The affects are magnified as the spacer gets wider.


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