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Old 09-16-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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Wheel spacers to change offset.

Ok so here's my question. I'm wanting a look for my MK3. I want a old school or stance look I want to keep the stock tire size 16" now I have found a few that I love but they only sale them in a 5x100 offset. Sigh ok not a big deal I found spacers that I can go from 5x108 to a 5x100. But how safe is it? Will that even work right. Will it make the wheels stick out to far I just don't know enough about spacers. Back in the day I was always told never use spacer cause it was unsafe. Has this changes over the last 10 years lol.


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Safety depends on the quality of the spacer. I'd never trust one from eBay on my car but there are also very high quality units out there like H&R. Another thing to watch for is a hub centric spacer. In other words, one that fits over the hubs of your car tightly like the wheels are supposed to, this takes a lot of the strain off of the studs which will be the first parts to break.

As for offset. This style of spacers will stick your wheels out significantly. If you get wheels with an opposite offset, you can counter that and keep an OEM look.
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Safety depends on the quality of the spacer. I'd never trust one from eBay on my car but there are also very high quality units out there like H&R. Another thing to watch for is a hub centric spacer. In other words, one that fits over the hubs of your car tightly like the wheels are supposed to, this takes a lot of the strain off of the studs which will be the first parts to break.

As for offset. This style of spacers will stick your wheels out significantly. If you get wheels with an opposite offset, you can counter that and keep an OEM look.
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Try fswerks.com. You'll find spacers with 5x108 specific fit. I personally wouldn't run adapters and spacers.

Depending on how thick of spacers you're going to run, you're going to need to press the hubs and install new studs on the front (over 10mm).
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There are adapters to reduce the bolt pattern to a 5x100 that range from 20mm to 30mm in thickness and you can grab the part numbers from the TrakPlus website. The wheel you're adapting is going to need to be able to accommodate the OEM stud that extends past the adapters thickness and you'll also need to ensure that you add the thickness to whatever the ET is of the wheel for your overall fitment measurement.
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