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Old 03-16-2017, 12:52 PM   #1
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Spacer Question (lowered)

Hey guys,
thanks for stopping by. I just have a quick question about spacers on a lowered 325ci.

I'm currently running stock style 44 17" et47 and I'm looking for a flush look. Rolling isn't a problem.

There were a few threads about this but none of them had a concrete answer. It seems to vary from user to user.

I'm going to get some coilovers but before that, I need spacers for the clearance issue. I don't want to buy 10mm for the front, then lower it, measure it again and then buy the spacers I need.

So if anybody has an answer, I would be thankful.
I'm currently looking at 15mm front and 20mm in the rear.
Are these measurement good?
While currently measuring the gap, the rear comes out to +25mm which doesn't seem right to me. Or I might just need some massive spacers... IDK.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:19 PM   #2
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I run 15mm on rear 5mm on front.I tried 10 and 15 on the front but got a grinding noise.On big dips my rear wheels touch the fender so if you roll your fenders 20 on the rear should be no prob.
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:25 PM   #3
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Hey m54
Thanks for the reply and you got yourself a nice looking ride. I will be rolling the fenders front and back. The grinding noise you got is due to the fenders not being rolled i guess? Correct me if I'm wrong. Also I'm looking for a bit more of a flush look than what you are currently running. Please let me know
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:43 PM   #4
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Its not the fenders making the noise its something behind the wheel sounds like the brake dust shield is rubbing something.On koni yellows with eibach pro kit i have to run the 5mm front or i get the same sound with no spacer at all. Must be the strut/spring causing it the joms i had on before made no sound with or without the spacer.
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:46 PM   #5
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Right! the clearance issue haha, This is why I want spacers lol! I'm looking at some V-Maxx coilovers and they wont clear without spacers.
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Old 03-16-2017, 02:16 PM   #6
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Go for the 15 mm front it looks really good on our cars(wish mine didint make noise),on the uk forums(e46zone) there is alot of info and pics about spacers. My advice is keep a 5mm spacer handy.
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Old 03-16-2017, 02:18 PM   #7
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I run 10mm front and 15mm rear. I am very pleased with this setup!
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Old 03-16-2017, 02:32 PM   #8
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What suspension you running?
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:19 PM   #9
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:49 PM   #10
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I run 15mm on rear 5mm on front.I tried 10 and 15 on the front but got a grinding noise.On big dips my rear wheels touch the fender so if you roll your fenders 20 on the rear should be no prob.
Extended lug bolts were too long same thing happened to me I had to cut all 20 the rears were also car would go about 6" and stop and the springs would compress in the back and would scrape in the front
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Go for the 15 mm front it looks really good on our cars(wish mine didint make noise),on the uk forums(e46zone) there is alot of info and pics about spacers. My advice is keep a 5mm spacer handy.
I'll def go check out! Thanks again!
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:21 AM   #12
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Extended lug bolts were too long same thing happened to me I had to cut all 20 the rears were also car would go about 6" and stop and the springs would compress in the back and would scrape in the front
Did your lugs come with the spacers? I don't understand how they can be too long?
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:22 AM   #13
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I run 10mm front and 15mm rear. I am very pleased with this setup!
Looking good, do style 68s have the same offset as 44s?
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:53 AM   #14
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Did your lugs come with the spacers? I don't understand how they can be too long?
20mms spacers did 15 didn't. I bought the bolts separate. I did the fronts first put one side on spun the tire and it made a scratching noise, took spacer off no noise. Added the length on the stock bolt + spacer cut extended bolt that long problem solved. Did the same with the back. It wasn't much the back was only a couple threads
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20mms spacers did 15 didn't. I bought the bolts separate. I did the fronts first put one side on spun the tire and it made a scratching noise, took spacer off no noise. Added the length on the stock bolt + spacer cut extended bolt that long problem solved. Did the same with the back. It wasn't much the back was only a couple threads
Noted! I just placed my order for 15 and 20. I'll let you guys know how it turned out! thanks again for the help
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Please post some pics when installed!!
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Old 03-17-2017, 11:13 PM   #18
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Please post some pics when installed!!
They should get here within the next two weeks! ill post them as soon as they are installed. I will probably be rolling the fenders next tuesday to prep for their arrival.
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