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Old 10-20-2013, 07:01 PM   #1
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HELPPP! wheel spacing

trying to decide what size spacers i need. i know i could measure to see what spacing i need but id like to hear from previous experience what is the most common/satisfactory spacing to be achieved. Also, why do some people have bigger spacers on the front rather than rear? Ive seen it a lot, just doesn't make sense.

this kinda shows my spacing (not the best pic) i have staggard style 71's OEM 18'' 8'' front 8.5'' rear. i don't have any suspension mods. just factory OEM

any suggestions would help! thanks
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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Measuring and going from there is your best bet.

In regard to your second inquiry, sometimes the wheel specs are more ideal in the rear, than in the front (or vice versa), so smaller spacers are needed in comparison.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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I'm lowered and managed 12 front and 10 rear but it's hell of close on the rear....

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Old 10-21-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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Re: HELPPP! wheel spacing

Now my question is why smaller spacers in the rear? Wouldn't it look more aggressive with wider stance in rear? Or is it that your limited on your spacing due to coilovers? Sorry for the dumb questions Im just curious. Haha

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Old 10-21-2013, 11:02 PM   #6
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Now my question is why smaller spacers in the rear? Wouldn't it look more aggressive with wider stance in rear? Or is it that your limited on your spacing due to coilovers? Sorry for the dumb questions Im just curious. Haha

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Well
The rears in all e46 models have at least 1/2 of an inch with the inner lip which you have to cut and shave or just roll them with some neg camber to prevent from rubbing the tires. Fronts are pretty small compared to rears and slightly roll is an option.
If you wanna bring them close to fronts you have to shave them like I did and run some negative camber
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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Sorry lost this thread. I went smaller in the rear because my wheels are tucked slightly and I literally have zero space left to push out.

I'm at the max you can go without rolling or pulling fenders.

Ill take a pic or two tomorrow with my phone to just show you how I'm sitting.

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Old 10-23-2013, 10:15 PM   #8
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Okay cool! Would I still have to shave if I dont have a camber kit? And stock suspension. I plan on lowering and buying some camber plates in the near future, im just ballin on a budget right now with school. I really just wanna bring them out without and modifcation to the body(for right now) because like I said I will be able to afford a nice setup once I graduate in the next 6 months or so. I just hate my wheel gap:| any recommendation on spacer sizes for front and rear withs stock suspension and now rolling or shaving of the feanders? I know it wont look as good but I wanna save up and do it right the first time when I roll. Dont wanna stress my precious titanium slver paint. Lol thanks!!

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Ohh I see. Makes a lot more sense. So in other words people who have lowered their e46 dont have as much "spacer space" (I guess you could call it. Lol) to bring out the rears without rubbing unless any modifications suchs as rolling or shaving their fenders are done?

I know I probably sound like a noob but Im trying! Haha thanks for all this info and pictures would be great!


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Old 10-23-2013, 10:42 PM   #10
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Wow, great video! That pretty much answered all of my questions. Thank you!

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:17 AM   #11
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Ohh I see. Makes a lot more sense. So in other words people who have lowered their e46 dont have as much "spacer space" (I guess you could call it. Lol) to bring out the rears without rubbing unless any modifications suchs as rolling or shaving their fenders are done?

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Something like that lol

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My fingers can't really fit any past that so it's tight.
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I can upload these all again when I get home in better quality if you want.



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Old 10-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #12
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ohhh nice! sorry i forgot to check up on this post. but it looks great! need to fix that curb rashh brah. i have the same wheels and mine were pretty scuffed up. it took a solid weekend to do all 4 but im REALLY happy with the results. especially being my first curb rash repair. take a look
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