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Old 05-10-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Rear wheels, go wider or add spacer?

I have two options right now:
1. square setup - seems better handling, but need spacer to push the rear out to make it flush looking.
2. staggered setup - as flush as wanted without spacer, better grip but less comfortable on handling.

Which is better? Thanks folks.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:41 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:49 PM   #3
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sorry forgot to mention... I have a e46 325i sedan, and look to have either 18x8.5 square (add spacer in rear), or 18x8.5 front and 18x9 (9.5?) back. Don't know which way is better.... in terms of handling, safety, power, etc.. thanks
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Wider tire in the back always looks better thn skinny one with a spacer..thats IMO
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Wider tire in the back always looks better thn skinny one with a spacer..thats IMO
Only about the looks? I've always thought that adding spacer will increase the stress level which decrease the safety... but not sure about it.
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Only about the looks? I've always thought that adding spacer will increase the stress level which decrease the safety... but not sure about it.
both increase track really, but with a wider tire, you have more grip in the rear, and that sometimes overwhelms the front, and causes oversteer.

so yeah, wider looks better, ive got 10s on the back of my sedan and it is pure sexiness.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:30 PM   #7
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both increase track really, but with a wider tire, you have more grip in the rear, and that sometimes overwhelms the front, and causes oversteer.

so yeah, wider looks better, ive got 10s on the back of my sedan and it is pure sexiness.
Thanks man. are you able to squeeze in a 10'' in the rear? no rubbing or any issues? Would you mind to share what you have in the rear? What rim/tire/suspension? and did you slam it?

By the way, did you use camber in the rear?
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Thanks man. are you able to squeeze in a 10'' in the rear? no rubbing or any issues? Would you mind to share what you have in the rear? What rim/tire/suspension? and did you slam it?

By the way, did you use camber in the rear?
click link in sig. rear was last adjusted to stock sports package setting at the dealership. like 1 year ago. no adjustable arms, knuckles, or plates on my hooptie.
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