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Old 25-12-2003   #1
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Wheel spacers or not?

My 16" Stilo wheels have finally been sorted on my car (pics coming soon).

Now, everything works fine, no rubbing, full lock is fine etc. etc.

But, shall I still stick spacers on them? If so, what size?

My reasons for thinking are basically better looks (more flush with the side of the body, wider meaner :-) and better handling (less body roll maybe as they're out more).

What have peoples' experience's been with spacers?

Thanks very much,

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Hi,
Great to hear about the wheels.
What size tyres have you fitted and does it affect the speedo much?

Sorry, can't help with the spacers, I just know that it affects the handling if you change it from standard. If you change the wheel centre spacing you will need to get the tracking checked.

Don't forget those new pics. [8D]:D

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I wouldnt personally use them, simply becasue I dont like the idea.

However, the only real damage you are going to do is to the wheel bearings as you are in affect adding a lever to the hub. As wheel bearings arent that difficult to replace (well the rears aren't - you just need a 32mm socket and a can of spinach to undo the 180 lb ft torqued on nut!) its not so much an issue.

Make sure you get the correct bolts though!

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Thanks for the replies guys.

Tyre size is 205/45 R16 (as in my signature). The rolling radius is the same as it was before (give or take the insignificant differences) so no issues with speedo or transmission. It's way better than before though, handling is good!

I'll get the pics up once I've taken some after the car's been washed (probably tomorrow).

Anyone else got advice about spacers, then please tell me. I'm still undecided [?]

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- Kenwood MP3 head unit
- De-Restricted standard air box
- NGK VX Platinum plugs (BKR7EVX)
- Toyo Proxes T1-S (205/45) tyres on Stilo 7-twin-spoke 16" alloys
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Ah, the sig...:I

Reason I ask is that i'm trying to work out if I can put 16" wheels on with a 30mm drop. (Only the English can work in two measuring systems at the same time, lol). So that works out at about 40.4mm in total. Need to get the tape measure out.

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I plan on doing a 40mm drop 'next', and am pretty sure I'll have loads of room.

You've got a similar car, you should be fine.

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- Kenwood MP3 head unit
- De-Restricted standard air box
- NGK VX Platinum plugs (BKR7EVX)
- Toyo Proxes T1-S (205/45) tyres on Stilo 7-twin-spoke 16" alloys
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