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Old 05-07-2011, 03:03 AM   #1
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will these spacers fit? sedan + specs

I'd like to add some spacers as I think it would complete the look of my sedan. I'd like to have the wheels as close to flush as possible w/out rubbing issues.

Here are the specs:

-wheels: 19 x 8.5 et40 front and 19 x 9.5 et45 rear

-tires: 235/35/19 front and 245/35/19 rear
(I know the front tires are a bit too wide)

-suspension: h&r sport cup kit

-body work: rear fenders rolled

from what I've been told, 12mm -15mm front and 15mm -20mm rear spacers will make the wheels flush

however, with my current tire sizes I'm concerned I may rub with spacers this wide

15mm in the front and 20mm in the rear would probably look best, but I'm sure 12mm front and 15mm rear would still look good

Here are some quick pics of my car, covered in a layer of pollen

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Old 05-07-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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i would do 12/15 but id be ready to have to roll the fenders a bit more in the rear possibly
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:44 PM   #3
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word but you don't think a 12mm spacer will rub in the front w/ a 235/35/19 tire??

my rear tire (245/35/19) is at least a little stretched (you can compare the tire sidewalls in the bottom 2 pics)

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Old 05-07-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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I would put your current front tires in back, sell your current rears and buy some 215's for the front. That will help a ton when you space it out.
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:49 PM   #5
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I would put your current front tires in back, sell your current rears and buy some 215's for the front. That will help a ton when you space it out.
That is a good idea, thanks. Unfortunately, I just got new rear tires (which I guess is good tho if I was going to sell them). My fronts probably need to be replaced soon so I don't know if I would want to put them on the rear.

So just to clarify, you're recommending I use 215/35/19 front and 235/35/19 rear if I want to space it out? Will this be a lot of stretch?

I was kinda hoping to see if these spacers would work w/ my current setup as I don't want to spend more $ than I have to. Is it easy for tire shops to swap tires from one wheel to another?

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Actually, the stretch will be zero to minor. It's fairly easy for shops to swap tires but they'll obviously charge you for the labor.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:19 AM   #7
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that's good, but even the 245's on my rears seem a little stretched

just to reiterate, if I:

-put my front tires (235/35) on my rear wheels

-get 215/35/19 for front wheels

-12mm front and 15mm rear spacers

then I should be good? my car is not quite as low as a lot of ppl's here and the rear fenders are rolled by hand.

shall I proceed? I don't want to worry too much about rubbing if I have a couple ppl in the car


for those of you reading, I may have a pair of 245/35/19 general exclaim uhp's with 4,500 miles on them for sale soon!
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It can be that easy and it could take more work to get them to fit. Setting camber, suspension stiffness, etc may still be needed. The tire sizes I mentioned will help quite a bit though.
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I would measure to see how much clearance you have between your fenders and your tires before purchasing the spacers. Since you are planning on running stretched tires you would need to do these measurements afterward of course.
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You're confusing "flush" with "poke." The spacers you originally listed will sit beyond flush and will poke out.
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It can be that easy and it could take more work to get them to fit. Setting camber, suspension stiffness, etc may still be needed. The tire sizes I mentioned will help quite a bit though.
Gotcha, makes sense. How is the camber adjusted to add extra space?

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I would measure to see how much clearance you have between your fenders and your tires before purchasing the spacers. Since you are planning on running stretched tires you would need to do these measurements afterward of course.
Will do. I'll probably be calling you when I'm ready to order the spacers Kevin. Local pickup

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You're confusing "flush" with "poke." The spacers you originally listed will sit beyond flush and will poke out.
5mm/5mm is what I was initially recommended, although with a quick measurement the distance from my wheels to the edge of the fender is definitely more than 5mm, at least 10mm. 5mm seems like such a small amount that, for the $, it doesn't seem worth it. I think if I ran 15mm/20mm it might poke a bit.
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Will do. I'll probably be calling you when I'm ready to order the spacers Kevin. Local pickup
Oh, we don't actually offer spacers at VMR but there should be some forum vendors that stock some.
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oops, I saw Kevin and was thinking Kevin from ModBargains. My bad lol
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So what is the consensus? I'm still having trouble deciding (again, I'd rather get it right the 1st time around). Which spacer setup will bring my wheels out flush with the fenders? I don't want the wheels poking out beyond the fenders.

again, my wheels are: front 19 x 8.5 et40 rear: 19 x 9.5 et45

12mm front and 15mm rear

OR

5mm front and 5mm rear

OR EVEN

10mm front and 12mm rear?
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The best way to know what size spacer to get is to just measure how much further you'd like the wheels to sit, and then get the appropriate spacer.
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