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Old 03-17-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Wheel spacers vs alignment

I just picked up a set of 19" AMR wheels from AM; I prefer the staggered look, but opted for standard so that I can rotate my wheels.

Question: Can wheel spacers be installed on the rear only, thus giving me a staggered look, or would this give me alignment issues? I'm looking at the Eibach Pro Spacer Hubcentric spacers from AM

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Btw I have a '13 GT with 19" AMR wheels, stock suspension
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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it will throw off your alignment and you will go through tires faster.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:18 PM   #3
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Yes you can put spacers just on the rear.
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it will throw off your alignment and you will go through tires faster.
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There is nothing to adjust in the rear. All you will be doing is widening your track a little. No big deal as long as you don't rub.
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There is nothing to adjust in the rear. All you will be doing is widening your track a little. No big deal as long as you don't rub.
Yeah I was gonna say, won't throw your alignment off...
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:06 PM   #7
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Sorry youre right it just un evenly wears tores.

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Sorry youre right it just un evenly wears tires
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Sorry youre right it just un evenly wears tores.

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Sorry youre right it just un evenly wears tires
How so? I don't understand how since all it will be doing is moving the tires out an inch or two at most. It isn't changing their contact angle or anything.
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How so? I don't understand how since all it will be doing is moving the tires out an inch or two at most. It isn't changing their contact angle or anything.
ive been told by many tire shops when i was looking into get some
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ive been told by many tire shops when i was looking into get some
Hmmm. I am at work now but later I will definitely be looking into this. I had not heard this before and I don't see how it would do such a thing. Then again I will gladly admit I don't have them so I cannot say 100%. I was looking at getting some to do what the OP wants to do so I might be looking into this a bunch more.
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Thats what i was told by 2 different shops so i just went with staggered.
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I have staggered and wheel spacers for 2 years now with no problems or abnormal wear on my tires.
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The Eibach spacers are too wide. I use to run a 1/2" spacer and just got longer studs for the back. It worked perfectly. I don't need the spacer anymore, if you're interested, PM me. They are billet aluminum and hub centric. You can purchase longer ARP studs thru AM.
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*Rear* spacers on a live axle won't wear your tires faster in anything resembling normal driving. That's a ridiculous conception. If you track the car, the additional rear track width can cause increased push and also has the potential to slightly elevate rear wear because of the added leverage around corners.

Front spacers can increase tire wear because of the added forces of increased ackerman angle, caster and camber.
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It will cause uneven wear and to be honest, I wouldn't trust spacers period.
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It will cause uneven wear and to be honest, I wouldn't trust spacers period.
Please inform us all on how
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Tires already wear unevenly on any car. The fronts do alot of turning and twisting and the rears absorb alot of delivered horsepower. To expect all 4 to wear exactly evenly when they are subjected to different forces is ridiculous. Hence the need to rotate them.

Small spacers in the rear of a live axle car, subjected to normal driving conditions on the road, will not wear markedly faster than the same car without them.

Safety and spacers is a whole other issue. The factory studs don't have a lot of room on them to do spacers, unless they are the proper bolt on kind. maximum I'd feel comfortable with, assuming they are hub-centric, would be about 5mm.
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