Fitting Coilovers - Will I be needing wheels spacers?

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sil53
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Fitting Coilovers - Will I be needing wheels spacers?

Post by sil53 » Tue 04 Jun, 2013 23:27

Hi guys

I'm one of these young types that loves to have a slammed car. Although I have decided to try not to go quite as insanely, and impractiacally low with this one, as I am really enjoying the drive, I just need to get rid of some of the arch gap it comes with.

And so, I have just got a set of coilovers ordered. What I was hoping someone could help me with, is that I will still be running the Style 35s that are currently on the Z. These are 16x7 et46, with 225/55 tyres. Will I be needing a 3mm or 5mm spacer on the front wheels to clear the coilover strut? Or should there be clearance?

I much prefer to plan ahead, as it isn't really practical to swap the coils back off, so that I can make the emergency trip to Halfords for some temporary universal fit spacers.

Cheers in advance for any help
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siwilson
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  M roadster S54
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Re: Fitting Coilovers - Will I be needing wheels spacers?

Post by siwilson » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 11:03

Probably.

It depends on the coilover and your offset, but most lower the bottom spring perch so it is at the same level as the rim/tyre. I have KW and needed a 5mm spacer to clear it. I actually went with a 10mm to get a hub centric spacer. As it happens it widened the stance nicely.

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markrnorton
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Location: Essex

Re: Fitting Coilovers - Will I be needing wheels spacers?

Post by markrnorton » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 12:58

As Si says, you need to get them on the car as there is variance between coilovers and wheel combinations.

I think I used a 4mm spacer on mine

where abouts are you ? as I think I have a spare set floating about
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sil53
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Fitting Coilovers - Will I be needing wheels spacers?

Post by sil53 » Wed 05 Jun, 2013 19:44

Cheers guys. :)

I've ordered a set of 5mm spacers for now just incase. Hoping to sort out some nice 18s in the following few months aswell, depending on finding enough spare cash :twisted:
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