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Old 05-18-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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What size spacers for this setup

Hey guys, been wanting to stance my car out a bit, but not sure what size spacers i should get. Let me know. Specs are as follows

04 325xi with regular OEM suspension
Type 68 17" wheels
Front: 225/45/17
Rear: 245/40/17

Want a pretty aggressive stance, but not overdone. (don't need the tires poking out over the fenders or anything.

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Old 05-18-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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If the wheels are already on your car the best way is just to take a ruler and measure to fender.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:18 PM   #3
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No matter what you do an xi on stock suspension will not be aggressive. Lower your car and then think about spacers.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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If the wheels are already on your car the best way is just to take a ruler and measure to fender.
Sounds easy enough. What do you think would be somewhat flush with fender. like 20mm? 15?

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No matter what you do an xi on stock suspension will not be aggressive. Lower your car and then think about spacers.
Not gonna lower the car. For one, i'm a bit too old for that now, second, i had a slammed accord for 9 years, Not doing that again, and third, its an automatic xi. Too much trouble crawling over speed bumps and angle sliding off driveways anyways.

Ive seen stanced on oem suspension, looks much better than stock spacing. You're entitled to your opinion, but to say it wont look good seems a bit premature tbh. Show me a stock suspension with a spaced setup that looks bad, i doubt you'll find any (unless its rice)
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:48 AM   #5
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you dont need coils. buy some springs and konis. it will lower the car but not like coilovers do.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:10 AM   #6
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you dont need coils. buy some springs and konis. it will lower the car but not like coilovers do.
Well, springs and shocks give you better performance than coilovers at the cost of not being adjustable. But that wouldn't make much sense since i drive a slow ass car which will never see the track. And its auto.

My fav setup with springs and shocks has been koni yellows and tein s-tech's in the past. Koni's on the upper perch, adjusted to hard on the front, and a couple turns toward soft on the rear. With a bigger rear sway, and the front towers welded to the firewall. combined with a nice hard sidewall, makes any car very predictable around the most advanced corners, and usually no rubbing.

Not sure when this thread became suspension central, i just wanna push out them wheels lol.

Guess i'll have to post pics when its done to prove it can look good.
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Sounds easy enough. What do you think would be somewhat flush with fender. like 20mm? 15?
I can't remember offhand the offsets of 68's, but I think 15 may do the trick. Rogue Engineering also makes an 18mm. I would go measure first to verify, also don't forget that the inner fender on the rear has a lip, so check that if your fenders are not rolled.
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I like to use this guide to figure out what size spacer you would need. Just measure the gap from your wheel to the fender.
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