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I ordered my H&R Springs and my wheels for my new CLK430. I've noticed some people use spacers and some don't. I'm curious if you would recommend me purchasing spacers or not for the rear. Below are the wheel and tire sizes for the front & rear:

19" x 8.5" Offset 35 (Front) & 19" x 9.5" Offset 35 (Rear)

235/35/19 (Front) & 265/30/19 (Rear)

I like the flush look, my plans are to put on #1 pads with the H&R's - any recommendations? Should you feel I need a set of spacers, would you mind posting a link on where to purchase them?

Thanks for all of your help!

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Lance
 

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I ordered my H&R Springs and my wheels for my new CLK430. I've noticed some people use spacers and some don't. I'm curious if you would recommend me purchasing spacers or not for the rear. Below are the wheel and tire sizes for the front & rear:

19" x 8.5" Offset 35 (Front) & 19" x 9.5" Offset 35 (Rear)

235/35/19 (Front) & 265/30/19 (Rear)

I like the flush look, my plans are to put on #1 pads with the H&R's - any recommendations? Should you feel I need a set of spacers, would you mind posting a link on where to purchase them?

Thanks for all of your help!

Sincerely,

Lance

Hi mate.

I'm in the UK so I won't be able to help you out in regard to where to buy them. If you get spacers, just make sure they are Hubcentirc spacers.

Decent spacers are safe to use. Before I got mine, I was worried about increased forces being applied to the bearings, bolts etc.

But I can tell you that they are safe and do wonders for the cars stance.

You will also improve the handling slightly because spacers will increase the rear track - but these improvements in handling will be marginal.

People use spacers when they want a more aggressive look. It all depends on how you want your car to look.

I love the way CLKMAN's car looks, for example. However, I had to compromise between looks and practicality. I really didn't want rubbing problems etc when carrying passengers etc. To solve that would mean really stiffening the suspension - which is all good but makes the ride really quite rough!

I have pushed my wheels out using spacers and have lowered my car to the point where I am satisfied with how it looks- but not to extremes like some bad-asses on the forum.

But who knows, later on, I may decide to take things to the next level.

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Thanks Rashman! I want an aggresive look but I guess I'll wait to see what the new wheel/H&R setup looks like after putting everything on. I'm just not certain what size I should go with if I were to purchase them now - 10mm or 15mm.

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Thanks Rashman! I want an aggresive look but I guess I'll wait to see what the new wheel/H&R setup looks like after putting everything on. I'm just not certain what size I should go with if I were to purchase them now - 10mm or 15mm.

Thanks for all of your help!

Lance
Yeah, lower it and put the new wheels on.. then gauge it from there.

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Myself getting the hr spacers and they are around $100....im gonna get the 15mm to get my rear tires kicked out due to my offset. u def want em if u want the rear matches the front.
 

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Myself getting the hr spacers and they are around $100....im gonna get the 15mm to get my rear tires kicked out due to my offset. u def want em if u want the rear matches the front.
Mike-

Man... you're great at spending my money today! :)

Thanks,

Lance

PS Where did you purchase your spacers. I'll probably just order them now, if I don't use 'em I'll just sell them on this site.
 

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i have 10mm hub centric spacers, they work great, no problems and i have had mine 3 years
 

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Mike-

Man... you're great at spending my money today! :)

Thanks,

Lance

PS Where did you purchase your spacers. I'll probably just order them now, if I don't use 'em I'll just sell them on this site.
:thumbsup: JUST DO IT RIGHT LANCE.
i havent bought them but i looked them up(and gettin slotted and half drilled rotors and gonna install em after i come back from vegas on june 23 :) ), 2mmrow will pm u the link since we cant advertise here i think....
 

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If you can't find wheels that would fit flush, spacers are fine. I personally don't like installing spacers.
bro if u lower the car like i did, the rear sinks in more than the front..look up the pic of my car and u will see what im talking about. unless u did not lowered and only had rims, then the car should look fine.
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I definatly want to bring out my rear more.
Suggestions on make and brands?
 

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I have H&R spacers and they are great. I don't think you need spacers for your application, but it might look better with some. Probably not more than 10mm tho. do the research, i'm not positive going from memory. i think mine are 35 offset rear w/ 10 mm spacers. they fit very nicely. make sure the spacers are HUBCENTRIC (have a centering ring)
 

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is it bad not to have hubcentric spacers??
YES!

Hubcentric spacers are designed to fit snuggley against both the wheel and the hub.

Normal spacers, which are basically big washers, are prone to moving around alittle causing noises or vibrations.

Hubcentric spacers are worth the money.

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I have H&R spacers and they are great. I don't think you need spacers for your application, but it might look better with some. Probably not more than 10mm tho. do the research, i'm not positive going from memory. i think mine are 35 offset rear w/ 10 mm spacers. they fit very nicely. make sure the spacers are HUBCENTRIC (have a centering ring)
how would i know if i want 15 or 10 mm..... i see some peeps have 10 and some 15....
 

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10mm will bring the top of tires flush with the arc of the fender and give the lower portion an aggressive look with the curvature of the bumper. Any more that 10mm would make the tire stick out and look silly imho. You will also have to get lugs that are that much longer.
 

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10mm will bring the top of tires flush with the arc of the fender and give the lower portion an aggressive look with the curvature of the bumper. Any more that 10mm would make the tire stick out and look silly imho. You will also have to get lugs that are that much longer.
thrilkill, so if i just throw on 10mm spacers in my rear, you dont think ill need new lugs/locks?
 
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