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Recommended Spacers for R171?

Hey guys, I will be installing KW V3 Coil Overs in the coming weeks on my '06 SLK350. Does anyone have any recommendations for wheel spacers? I want something that is aggressive that does not rub. I was told 12mm in the front and 10mm in the rear. Still on stock 17's. Any thoughts?
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That should not be a problem. In general the way the wheels are tucked in from the factory, to get a similar "look" you'll need more spacing on the fronts, assuming you're staying with the factory wheels. I have 10mm on the front and nothing on the back, and the wheels are still tucked in more on the front end.
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That should not be a problem. In general the way the wheels are tucked in from the factory, to get a similar "look" you'll need more spacing on the fronts, assuming you're staying with the factory wheels. I have 10mm on the front and nothing on the back, and the wheels are still tucked in more on the front end.
What brand of spacers do you have? Do I need to go H&R, or will circuit sports or Ichiba do the job?
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What brand of spacers do you have? Do I need to go H&R, or will circuit sports or Ichiba do the job?
I got the hub-centric H&Rs. I don't think you should cut corners with these things, since you don't want the wheels to come off the car in the middle of a turn .
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The wheels will not come off in the middle of a turn on any spacer that is well bolted on - what might happen though is the whole suspension might collapse due to the added load from outrigging the wheel...Not sure how things are in the States regarding insurance compliance, but in most European countries, insurance assessors will throw back comprehensive insurance claims where spacers are used purely for looks.

Do not use spacers - they are dangerous. If you want to bring your wheels out, then use wider rims with the recommended offset. Much safer
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With 10mm or 12mm spacers there is zero chance that the suspension will collapse. Perhaps if you put on 2 inch spacers or something.

By the way, even with 10mm you're going to require new lug bolts. So get a set of good quality high-tension bolts to complement your high quality spacers!
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With 10mm or 12mm spacers there is zero chance that the suspension will collapse. Perhaps if you put on 2 inch spacers or something.

By the way, even with 10mm you're going to require new lug bolts. So get a set of good quality high-tension bolts to complement your high quality spacers!
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