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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 09-21-2011, 12:05 AM
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Show me some pics of your e39 with wheel spacers, trying to decide what size to get.

Hey guys, just trying to decide what the most practical size would be for wheel spacers. Let me know what you've got and share some pics to make this thread more interesting. Thanks
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12mm H&R spacers up front with 18" Style 32's. Nothing in back. OEM M-Sport II drop.







Here are some close-up's on the front.

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Hi,

there is no one size recommendation. You can get spacers in 2,5, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 mm sizing and every size in between if you get custom ones made. You need to assess what wheels you are running and their current offsets for a start, then decide how much further out you want them to be and take into consideration if you are lowered and by how much. You also need to look at the shape of your tyre shoulder, some are more square and others more rounded.

If you are looking to go lower and want to space/stance the wheels out, do your research and evaluate from there!

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12mm H&R spacers up front with 18" Style 32's. Nothing in back. OEM M-Sport II drop.







Here are some close-up's on the front.

With spacers:




Without:

Why only spacers in the front? Does that make the front wheels even with the back or just personal preference? Car looks great by the way.
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Hi,

there is no one size recommendation. You can get spacers in 2,5, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 mm sizing and every size in between if you get custom ones made. You need to assess what wheels you are running and their current offsets for a start, then decide how much further out you want them to be and take into consideration if you are lowered and by how much. You also need to look at the shape of your tyre shoulder, some are more square and others more rounded.

If you are looking to go lower and want to space/stance the wheels out, do your research and evaluate from there!

Cheers, Dennis!
Thanks, I'll take this into account before I decide which size.
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15mm on all corners. You probably can get away with 20mm up front and 10mm in the rear. I had to get my rear fenders roll slightly with 15mm.

18x9 Style 42 Rear


18x9 Style 42 Front






17x8 Style 42 Rear


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Looks good, i'm definitely trying to avoid rolling the fenders. How much would that cost btw?
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Looks good, i'm definitely trying to avoid rolling the fenders. How much would that cost btw?
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I think it was about $15-$20 per fender. If you're using your OEM rims, then 15mm all around with no problems.
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I think it was about $15-$20 per fender. If you're using your OEM rims, then 15mm all around with no problems.
Good idea, I think that's what I'll end up doing.
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Why only spacers in the front? Does that make the front wheels even with the back or just personal preference? Car looks great by the way.
thanks. Just did the fronts (for now) to get rid of the 'sunken in' look. With the OEM wheel offsets, the fronts are almost even with the rears. 15mm spacers would have been almost exact (within 1mm) but for balance, my tuning shop recommended the 12mm.

I'm considering one day to move the 12mm in the rear and go wider up front - but it will be a tight squeeze in my mechanical elevated parking space, especially with the negative camber in the rear.
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I wonder if 15mm all around would effect handling.
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More than a year since my last post about this, but I FINALLY bought a set of 15mm spacers off ebay:http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-pcs-15mm-H...ht_1540wt_1270

They're just standard aluminum ones. I confirmed with Albo on their quality and he says they've held up well on his car. I'll be sure to post pics when I fit them next week.
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Did you get some extended bolts as well?
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here's one that had H&R wheel spacers...and tried to drive fast on 'em. Ricer mistake.




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WTF does spacers have to do with driving fast and ricer mistake?

Please explain......
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WTF does spacers have to do with driving fast and ricer mistake?

Please explain......

It's only ricers who decide that they don't like the way their wheels "look" (first of all, you should have bought the correct offset of wheel) so they sandwich some metal plates between the wheel and the hub, and purchase extended lugs so that they can secure the metal plates.

This is a dangerous ricer practice. I work the tech inspection at my local track and I would not allow any ricer with wheel spacers to risk anybodies life just because they wanted their wheels to "poke out a little more." If you have spacers then you belong with the lowrider club that hangs out at the beach & takes HD photos of cars, NOT with actual racers who USE their cars.

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Did you get some extended bolts as well?
I did, 43 mm and they're 10.9 rated.
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It's only ricers who decide that they don't like the way their wheels "look" (first of all, you should have bought the correct offset of wheel) so they sandwich some metal plates between the wheel and the hub, and purchase extended lugs so that they can secure the metal plates.

This is a dangerous ricer practice. I work the tech inspection at my local track and I would not allow any ricer with wheel spacers to risk anybodies life just because they wanted their wheels to "poke out a little more." If you have spacers then you belong with the lowrider club that hangs out at the beach & takes HD photos of cars, NOT with actual racers who USE their cars.
I doubt the majority of people here are racing their cars on the street or track. How many of us here are "actual racers"? Relax.
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Just what I was going to say. My car won't be seeing the track for a while, if ever. Plus my style 19's have no offset so they require spacers to fill the arches. I don't think it's common for spacers to cause you to crash, unless you're driving extremely hard around turns.
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Fullthrottle,

Your answer doesn't support anything. I have OEM wheels, yet when lowered, I have too much of a gap still so I use spacers. Spacers give your ride a wider stance. I do agree that the Euro poke looks stupid as hell.

So what if you work for tech inspection? You can't discriminate cars w/or w/o spacers. There's no law against running spacers, unless your lugs are too short/long to affix wheel to hub. Quit stereotyping and using ricer. I use spacers, am I a ricer?

I've been autocrossing for 3 years with spacers and have no problems. Spacers have nothing to do with crashes.
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I wonder if 15mm all around would effect handling.

anytime you move the wheel inboard or outboard, you are changing the "SCRUB RADIUS" aspect of the suspension. Scrub radius applies mainly to the front suspension b/c this is a steering issue. When this radius is changed, the fulcrum pivot point on which the tire turns is changed, which changes the behavior of steering EFFORT, braking sensitivity, and overall "FEEL" from the steering wheel inputs.
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anytime you move the wheel inboard or outboard, you are changing the "SCRUB RADIUS" aspect of the suspension. Scrub radius applies mainly to the front suspension b/c this is a steering issue. When this radius is changed, the fulcrum pivot point on which the tire turns is changed, which changes the behavior of steering EFFORT, braking sensitivity, and overall "FEEL" from the steering wheel inputs.
Cool, thanks for the info! So would you say that spacers have a positive or negative effect?
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Looks like he wanted to eliminate gaps as more as possible
Just look on his real wheel , i see no gap at all

People when lower/add spacers think how your car will drive
Dont be stupid , the look is never != drive

Hope someone will take a lesson from this SAD story ...
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