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Old 03-20-2014, 02:32 AM   #1
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Possible to widen my stance?

On my car I have the 17" svt rims with 215-45-17 tires on them and my car is lowered 1.5" all around with frpp's kit. I've been looking into spacers to widen my stance slightly. Is it possible to add spacers on my set up without rolling fenders? My fronts would have to be roller they are already millimeters away from rubbing. Is putting slight spacers on just the back ok? I've never really looked into this so I'm kind of clueless on the subject.


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Old 03-20-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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i run a 5mm spacer on my rears, no issues...makes the rears a little more flush.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:53 PM   #3
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SVT wheels sit in quite abit so you could probably use a spacer. My Motegi wheels are an aggressive fit and they are 7.5" wide so with 215/45-17 tires my rears rub on bumps but not my fronts.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:27 AM   #4
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Has the spacer in the rear effected how long your wheel bearings last?
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:06 AM   #5
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Normal wheel spacers will put more leverage on the bearing which will lead to a shortened bearing life. How short? No way of telling. One person may go 60+k miles but for another out may only be 20k. Of course the smaller the spacer the less the leveraging force.

There is an alternative wheel spacer for the rears only that you have to get from overseas but it is only available in 10mm, 12.5mm and 20mm. Not always easy to get and can run you about $100+ for a pair. It also requires more work cuz the spacer goes between the spindle and the trailing arm. But this spacer which is a euopean Ford part causes no leveraging on the bearings in the rear so bearing life is unaffected. Normally used on the RS cars but work for any 00-10 Focus.
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That spacer sounds awesome. I'm not concerned with price really, I just want to make sure I'm not ruining any parts of my car by doing this. In your opinion though are the behind the behind the spindle spacers worth it to try and save the bearings? Have you encountered any wear issues from normal wheel spacers?
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It won't ruin anything as it is actually a better design and placement. It's what they use in racing and on the RS cars. I look at it as better safer than sorry cud a new bearing will cost you more if it does go out.
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Ok. I actually just replaced both rear wheel bearings and don't want to do it again hah. Thanks for the help.
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That's a great suggestion IMHO. (from Blue5ive)

Focus doesn't have a rep. for eating wheel bearings like some, but after replacing quite a few years ago on a car I'd mounted with wheels that didn't have stock offset - I prefer to stick with std. offset wheels for the DD.
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