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Old 07-06-2012, 05:41 AM   #1
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Dedicated Wheel Spacer Thread?

Searched and searched and could not find a definitive answer to all of my questions, so I am hoping we can compile user responses in a single thread. If there is already a thread and I somehow missed it, please delete!

This isn't a "why wheel spacers are bad" thread, so please keep responses limited to only constructive comments.

1. What size spacers are you running front/rear?
2. Wheel/Tire size and offset?
3. Brand of spacers?
4. Pictures?

I am looking at installing the Pro Kit here in the next week on my Titanium, and want to make sure I don't have the sunken in look afterwards. Instead of springing for more aggressive wheels, I was hoping a pair of the H&R spacers will do the trick.

I have only used the DRM style from H&R in the past, which simply bolted on and had extended lugs already installed. How hard is the install for the Trak+ style in which you have to change the lugs?


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My wheels are at a 40 offset which makes them pretty flush with the fenders, so I'd aim for spacers that would bring your wheels out to a 35 or 40 offset depending on how aggressive you want it. If you have the handling package I think the 18's have a 55 offset and the 17's have a 50.

I don't currently run spacers, but there's nothing wrong with them as long as you don't buy Made in China eBay crap and get quality stuff.

I will be curious to see how they work though. I really wouldn't mind mine being out another 5mm.
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My wheels are at a 40 offset which makes them pretty flush with the fenders, so I'd aim for spacers that would bring your wheels out to a 35 or 40 offset depending on how aggressive you want it. If you have the handling package I think the 18's have a 55 offset and the 17's have a 50.

I don't currently run spacers, but there's nothing wrong with them as long as you don't buy Made in China eBay crap and get quality stuff.

I will be curious to see how they work though. I really wouldn't mind mine being out another 5mm.
Anyone have pictures of a 35mm-40mm offset wheel in front/back side view? Curious if a 15mm is enough with the stock 18" 55mm offset, or if I could get by with running 20mm without poke?

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Anyone have pictures of a 35mm-40mm offset wheel in front/back side view? Curious if a 15mm is enough with the stock 18" 50mm offset, or if I could get by with running 20mm without poke?
Here's the best I got of how it sits in the front:

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Here's the best I got of how it sits in the front:
What offset?
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So 15mm all around seems like the way to go
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If you are curious, you can look at Zillon's ride for an idea of a 10mm offset all around. Focusboy has 15mm equivalent offset, but he's running wider rims and I didn't do the math exactly. ZX3Matt has 15 rear and 5 front, actual spacers, on his ride. His opinion is that 10 is semi-danger territory given the size of lip for the hubcentric wheels.

If you want to see the pro-kit without spacers, you can look at my pics. The measurements I've taken (per H&R's website) shows me needing 15mm rear and 10mm front (I also have the Handling Package) to be flush without rubbing. I had concern over them being too aggressive for me, and have toyed with the possibility of going with one set of 10mm and testing them on either end to get a feel of what other spacer to go with (I will be getting different sized spacers). After having my gf drive my car so I could follow and get other perspectives at different speeds/situations, I'm probably going with H&R's recommendation.

I think this thread is a good idea, and hopefully can remain in the Third Gen section...

Edit: I've been researching this for a month now with exactly the same thoughts as you...

Edit to the edit: I haven't found spacers for our Focus outside of H&R. Not saying there aren't, just haven't found any.
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Ordered the H&R 15MM DRM Spacers for front/rear for my 18" Ti package wheels. I will have pictures up once they are installed.
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Will spacers up front negatively effect handling/wear and tear?
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