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Old 06-26-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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What Size Spacer Should I Buy?

I want a little poke in the rear but I don't know if I should go with a 15mm or 20mm spacer. I have 17" Style 5's and I plan on running 205/40/17 size tires on the back. I plan on lowering my car soon as well.

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Old 06-26-2012, 10:18 AM   #2
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i don't think you need spacers, you already way out, you might rub if lowered.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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I've seen a few cars run 17x8 et0 in the rear, it's very very aggressive, probably on the lines of what you're looking for. With your 17inch style 5s that would equate to a 20mm spacer, I have our ECS Spacers with extended wheel bolt avaible HERE.

Now since everyone has a different preference I'd suggest getting the tires mounted and the wheels on the car and take a look at how aggressive you'd like to go from there.


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Old 06-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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Spacers should be last. Get tires on there, Suspension dialed in, do all your fender mods and then measure.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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I'll wait till I get my tires on after I finish refinishing my Style 5's. Also I want then to poke a little because my fronts poke without any spacers. So I run an even more stretched tire?

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Old 06-26-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
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I don't know if this helps, but I have 225/45 tires on same spec wheels...

This is w/o spacer at all:


This is with a 12.5mm spacer:


BUT! I'm on stock suspension and it rubs on really big bumps, or if someone else is in the car. I'm taking my spacers off, they don't rub at all without the spacers.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:51 PM   #7
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Once you get the tires and make the necessary mods, use this tool to help you decide what size spacer you need:
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You should buy a tape measure mm spacers.
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Tampa02e46 - from your photos it looks like you could roll the fenders and no longer rub on bump, have you figured out exactly where you are rubbing?
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Tampa02e46 - from your photos it looks like you could roll the fenders and no longer rub on bump, have you figured out exactly where you are rubbing?
Yes, i think you are correct but I don't have access to a fender roller and actually just sold my 12.5mm spacers w/ext lugs for $75 to a forum user...

I'm going to let these tires eat up before my mess with my suspension/offset again. I only have 225 in the rear on 8" wheels and I want something wider, so when I do that, I'll decide on spacers again.

OP, sorry man I forgot to take a pic like you wanted with the spacers on , but I took a shot with NO spacer, remember these wheels have the same offset as yours. What size tire are you going to run?

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Yes, i think you are correct but I don't have access to a fender roller and actually just sold my 12.5mm spacers w/ext lugs for $75 to a forum user...

I'm going to let these tires eat up before my mess with my suspension/offset again. I only have 225 in the rear on 8" wheels and I want something wider, so when I do that, I'll decide on spacers again.

OP, sorry man I forgot to take a pic like you wanted with the spacers on , but I took a shot with NO spacer, remember these wheels have the same offset as yours. What size tire are you going to run?

I plan on using 205/40 all the way around. I also plan on rolling my rear fenders so I dot think I will have rubbing issues with a 12.5 or 15mm spacer.
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I plan on using 205/40 all the way around. I also plan on rolling my rear fenders so I dot think I will have rubbing issues with a 12.5 or 15mm spacer.
If you go 205/40, I'd go with a 15mm for sure if you want poke.
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