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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-29-2011, 04:24 PM
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what size wheel spacers??

hey guys...ive been reading up all day and ive been coming across different infos which is getting me confused. im picking up a set of 18" style 42, which from the info i got is 18x9 and et24...i may be wrong on the et but thats what i read somewhere...anyways, im gonna mount on 265/40/18 on them all around for driving comfort. so my question is, what size spacers do i need? ive read all kinds from 3mm to 15mm...i was thinking of going 10mm all around...will this be a problem? also, with the 10mm spacers, what length lug bolts will i need?
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:35 PM
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You will get different answers, "search xxx threads" yadda, yadda, yadda.
In my opinion, the best bet is once you get your wheels and the rubbers on, mount them
Then take a tape measure and take measurement from the most outer edge of your tire to the inner edge of the fender wall. The distance will be your spacer thickness.
I am saying this, because some people buy the spacers ahead, then they don't fit, or they are to narrow,
If they don't fit, they have 2 choices: return them for another set at your expense, or: flare the fender.
I have 18" wheels and 245 width tires all around, and they do not touch. I am curious how they will sit once I will lower the car. But this will have to wait until I cross that bridge.
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even with after-market 18's i'm not sure why you would want spacers?
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Thanks for the input...yes I'm going to drop it also, so I'm pretty sure the drop will make the tires rub. And also, the wheels I am picking up are 18" not 17"... And from what I've read the 18" are 18x9 et24....


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Thanks for the input...yes I'm going to drop it also, so I'm pretty sure the drop will make the tires rub. And also, the wheels I am picking up are 18" not 17"... And from what I've read the 18" are 18x9 et24....


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I had 18" M5 (style-65) wheels with 275/35/18 on the rear and my car is lowered as well with no problems at all.
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Thanks for the link... It had a lot of useful info for me.so I decided I will go with 10mm spacers just to give it a little aggressive stance...


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Thanks for the link... It had a lot of useful info for me.so I decided I will go with 10mm spacers just to give it a little aggressive stance...


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Keep us posted. I'm considering spacers as well. The more I look at my setup the more I see how the wheels are inset a bit too much into the wheel well. I would be considering 10 to 15mm spacers, possibly 15 front and 10 rear. My only reservation is getting the longer lugs which will be heavier. Minutely so but still, I like to save weight wherever possible, especially down at the wheels. Keep us posted bro!
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...My only reservation is getting the longer lugs which will be heavier. Minutely so but still, I like to save weight wherever possible, especially down at the wheels. Keep us posted bro!
How much do the spacers weigh?
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Most if not all spacers are aluminum so they weigh very little.
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I ordered ecs 10mm spacers and should get here by Friday... The wheels will be here next week Tuesday along with the shocks and drop springs...and other misc. Goodies... I'll keep you posted when I install the stuff.prolly take a while cause I'll be installing them myself...


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I'm gonna add this link to the bestlinks so that we have a start on again answering 'what size wheel spacers' ...

If you know of better threads for answering that question than are already in this thread, let me know.

- Choosing the right BMW tire size (1) (2) & tyre circumference, diameter, offset, & clearance calculators (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & a torque conversion calculator (1) & how to logically choose tires by the numbers (1) (2) or by recommendations (1) & where to buy your tires in the USA (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & tire plant codes (1) (2) (3) & tire safety (1) & recommended tire pressures (1) (2) (3) & the claimed benefits of nitrogen gas (1) (2) & tire terminology (1) (2) & wheel terminology (1) & BMW wheel specs (1) & BMW & replica wheel styles (1) (2) (3) (4) & the difference between cast vs forged wheels (1) & where to find the wheel markings for proper match mounting (1) & the best products for cleaning wheels (1) & how to choose the right size wheel spacers (1) (2)

Note: I didn't do the research (as wheel spacers aren't my shtick); so that's why I ask the OP to let me know which links were best from his research so I can add them to the bestlinks for others to stand on his shoulders.
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I ordered ecs 10mm spacers and should get here by Friday... The wheels will be here next week Tuesday along with the shocks and drop springs...and other misc. Goodies... I'll keep you posted when I install the stuff.prolly take a while cause I'll be installing them myself...


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Sounds good bee... Although I can't really give accurate info at the moment, until my parts do come in, but I have to say that the first link posted by champain gave me a rough idea of which way I should be headed as the link had the wheels I am going to mount...but well see what happens in 2 weeks or so.and yes, I will try my best to take clear pics of the install and before and after pics...thanks for the help guys


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These numbers work, so you can extrapolate from here...275s on 18x9s, w/ ET24, 10mm spacers on front, no spacers on rear.

H&R hub-centric spacers are best spacers on the market, and they come with the proper length lugs.
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Hmm good call. TMS has the whole lot of 'em here http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...l-spacers.aspx

I don't want to give up my tuner lugs though. I may just get the spacers and get extended tuner lug bolts.
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Hmm good call. TMS has the whole lot of 'em here http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...l-spacers.aspx

I don't want to give up my tuner lugs though. I may just get the spacers and get extended tuner lug bolts.
Yeah your tuner lugs are nice. Not the type you see in most cars... I was thinking if getting a set


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So I came home and this was at my door



The last pic is the shadowline rear bumper moldings...
That was hella quick! I just ordered these yesterday morning. Eac is on top of their game! Now I'm just waiting fir the drop springs, rotors and the style 42's....


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There are a lot of variables with selecting spacers. 10mm should work fine, but you will probably need to have the rear fenders rolled.

I have stock, staggered style 66 wheels in 8x17 and 9x17, with 235/45/17 front and 255/40/17 rear. With a mild drop using Bilstein B14 PSS coilovers I had no rubbing anywhere. After installing 15mm H&R spacers, I had very light rubbing of the rear fenders when going fast up an incline, from flat...like the start of a hill. I had to be going quickly, to compress the rear, but the fenders would lightly touch the outside edge of the rear tires. I had the rear fenders rolled at a race shop for $100 and no more rubbing.
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There are a lot of variables with selecting spacers. 10mm should work fine, but you will probably need to have the rear fenders rolled.

I have stock, staggered style 66 wheels in 8x17 and 9x17, with 235/45/17 front and 255/40/17 rear. With a mild drop using Bilstein B14 PSS coilovers I had no rubbing anywhere. After installing 15mm H&R spacers, I had very light rubbing of the rear fenders when going fast up an incline, from flat...like the start of a hill. I had to be going quickly, to compress the rear, but the fenders would lightly touch the outside edge of the rear tires. I had the rear fenders rolled at a race shop for $100 and no more rubbing.
The wheel's ET is critical in determining the spacer thickness. They are both speced in mm.
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Is there a chart or formula somewhere that will help determine which size spacers are best for specific offsets?
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I think it would be hard to make one...most of it will be based on personal preference, and vary from person to person...


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The wheel spacers (10mm) came in today. Came with extended bolts.

Also ordered a oil filter cap socket and got a wrong item. I asked for a BMW scan reset tool but I got sent a vw/Audi scan tool. Lol I think it's pretty funny that it's called a vagcheckerpro... I think a gynecologist invented it



Oh and yesterday this came in


It's pretty nice. A little confusing to navigate at first though, but looks okay in the car.

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Dang, I want to know more about how well the Dynavin performs. There is almost nothing out here for E39's. Start a thread and let us know if it's worth a $hit!!!
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Mack, I'll try it out the whole week and find pros and cons I have with the dynavin. So far I only have a few complaints... Mostly the iPod functions, but yeah I'll make a thread next week...


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