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Question Anyone running wheel spacers?

Thinking about getting wheel spacers for my cx3 but I'm curious to know if anyone is currently running any?

If you are:

What brand?

How many mm?

Any issues with them?

Pictures?

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This is an extreme case of offset being too low to begin with and then he added spacers:
http://www.cx3forum.com/forum/appear...tic-trims.html

What are you trying to accomplish?

Worse ride and handling? Yah, they can do that.
More stress on suspension components? Yup, good for that, too.
HellaFlush or poke? They will get the job done.

The best way to accomplish the above tasks would be to purchase wheels with the offset you're looking for. At least that way you don't have to worry about a separate object at each corner.


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I have eibach spacers, 20 mm rear, 15 mm front. No problems at all. Car looks so much better. Pics are in thread what did you do to your mazda today, somewhere

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This is an extreme case of offset being too low to begin with and then he added spacers:
http://www.cx3forum.com/forum/appear...tic-trims.html

What are you trying to accomplish?

Worse ride and handling? Yah, they can do that.
More stress on suspension components? Yup, good for that, too.
HellaFlush or poke? They will get the job done.

The best way to accomplish the above tasks would be to purchase wheels with the offset you're looking for. At least that way you don't have to worry about a separate object at each corner.
Ride and handling can be, and is, only better.
If you didnt ever drove car with spacers and owned it for longer time then dont speak about durability od parts, suspension and all because with normal use and normal dimendion of spacers you dont harm your car.

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Ride and handling can be, and is, only better.
If you didnt ever drove car with spacers and owned it for longer time then dont speak about durability od parts, suspension and all because with normal use and normal dimendion of spacers you dont harm your car.
Wow, you're mighty defensive.

I have done my share of research on suspension modifications and implemented changes to my RX-8 for autocross and track driving. However, even if I hadn't ever heard of scrub radius or unsprung weight, I'd still understand that a longer lever arm generates more force at the pivot. Spacers push the wheels farther out which creates a longer lever arm.

I don't have a problem with purely cosmetic changes to a car. That said, don't sit there and tell me that altering the scrub radius or increasing unsprung weight won't have a negative impact on comfort/handling because your highly calibrated butt-dyno says so.

I'm not saying that a car will instantly break or will be unforgivably uncomfortable but an owner should know what they are getting into. It will have an impact on wear and handling during emergency avoidance. If people are willing to take that risk, that's fine but they need to know about it in order to make an informed decision.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrub_radius

https://books.google.dk/books?id=rhi...t%20to&f=false

http://www.formula1-dictionary.net/unsprung_weight.html
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This is an extreme case of offset being too low to begin with and then he added spacers:
http://www.cx3forum.com/forum/appear...tic-trims.html

What are you trying to accomplish?

Worse ride and handling? Yah, they can do that.
More stress on suspension components? Yup, good for that, too.
HellaFlush or poke? They will get the job done.

The best way to accomplish the above tasks would be to purchase wheels with the offset you're looking for. At least that way you don't have to worry about a separate object at each corner.
Yay! I got featured as the "Bad Example" of what not to do! But honestly, I did that to my fender trim pieces more from larger size tires than from the spacers and offset of the rims. I had stock tires on the rims before and I had no issues. I went with more aggressive tire size and that was the cause of it.

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Yay! I got featured as the "Bad Example" of what not to do! But honestly, I did that to my fender trim pieces more from larger size tires than from the spacers and offset of the rims. I had stock tires on the rims before and I had no issues. I went with more aggressive tire size and that was the cause of it.
I'd be willing to bet you could have kept that tire size if you just didn't have them poking out of the wheel arch.


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I'd be willing to bet you could have kept that tire size if you just didn't have them poking out of the wheel arch.
Its the combination of both.

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Its the combination of both.
Your upsized wheels were only 0.7" larger in radius. There's a ton of space in the wheel well even just a half inch inward from the arch. Your wheels were almost 3" further out from stock .

Changing to smaller diameter wheels but leaving them poked out will only work until you hit a big enough bump to compress the suspension an extra 0.7". Moving the wheels back in a few inches would probably give you enough space for the larger tires even at full compression.

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Your upsized wheels were only 0.7" larger in radius. There's a ton of space in the wheel well even just a half inch inward from the arch. Your wheels were almost 3" further out from stock .

Changing to smaller diameter wheels but leaving them poked out will only work until you hit a big enough bump to compress the suspension an extra 0.7". Moving the wheels back in a few inches would probably give you enough space for the larger tires even at full compression.

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You are not factoring in the thread depths of the A/T tires. Listen man, I get it. I am not trying to argue with you. You made your point. Yes, I put on wheels that aren't made for our car and tires that are too big. They are not factory specs and will the longevity of the suspension components on the car suffer? Probably. But I have taken the car on long trips on the highway going 65+. I haven't had any issues. I also know that I won't be pushing my car to the limits as if it was on the factory wheels/tires. I am not planning on making turns at 60+mph.
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