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Old 07-23-2004, 02:58 PM   #1
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Spacers or not?

Greetings everyone ! I just ordered 18x8.5 wheels, with locking nuts, for a 2001 325CI with sport package. My question is this: will spacers make a noticeable difference for my car, and if they will, do I have to buy new locking nuts, or make any other changes to the existing setup? Looking to weigh the cost/benefit of those spacers! Thanks for info.
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Old 07-29-2004, 01:31 PM   #2
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Is there anyone that can help me out with this question? PLEASE!!
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Old 07-29-2004, 03:02 PM   #3
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Greetings everyone ! I just ordered 18x8.5 wheels, with locking nuts, for a 2001 325CI with sport package. My question is this: will spacers make a noticeable difference for my car, and if they will, do I have to buy new locking nuts, or make any other changes to the existing setup? Looking to weigh the cost/benefit of those spacers! Thanks for info.
It depends on the offset of your wheels. The offset may be aggressive enough that you may not need spacers. Also, if you do get spacers, you will need to get all new (longer) bolts. I had 15mm spacers on my 330ci with the sport package rims and I thought it looked awsome. I took them off because I needed to take my car in for inspection (not sure why I took them off, I didn't really need to), however, once I took them off, I hated the way the rear looks. I plan on putting them back on in a few days. At any rate, wait until the rims are on your car before you order anything.
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Thanks for the info.!
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Whether you need them or not depends on the offset of the wheels and the width of the tire you plan to use.

You will need longer lug bolts if you run spacers.
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stupid question but what are spacers and what are they used for?
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Thats how they look like
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?p=1815675

The purpose of spacers is to push the wheel out towards the fender more for more of an aggressive look
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