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Wheel Spacers- any experience?

Never had them on a car before and I know it's not to everyone's taste on here but I can't help but think that the SLK would look a lot more agressive with a bit of wheel poking out of the arches some more.

The kits seem to be about Ł90-130 per axle depending upon the size of the spacers.

Anyone used them before? Pros & cons? And most importantly what sort of size do you guys think my car could take without any rubbing etc.

Even if you think it'll look crap opinions would be great!

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I have 5mm on the front and 10mm on the rear , but mainly they're there because the ET of my wheels is not the exact ones for the car , the wheels come out nicely just to the edge and the stance looks great in my opinion .
I've had them on there for at least a couple of years without problems ..


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I have 5mm on the front and 10mm on the rear , but mainly they're there because the ET of my wheels is not the exact ones for the car , the wheels come out nicely just to the edge and the stance looks great in my opinion .
I've had them on there for at least a couple of years without problems ..
Is your suspension stock? Do you have any rubbing on full lock or on bad roads / speed bumps / potholes etc when the suspension bottoms out?

Do you think you could go to 10mm front / 15mm back or maybe even 15mm / 20mm without any issues?

I'm thinking 15mm / 20mm but not sure if it would be possible with my setup?

Are your wheels any wider than the stock ones meaning they stick out more than just 5mm / 10mm spacers would on stock wheels?
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My car's 2nd hand and I think the previous owner changed the suspension to some point as it's stiffer than other Slks I've tried , but not especially lowered and no bottoming out ...

I have aftermarket wheels with width 8J and ET37 , if I remember rightly , and I put the 5mm spacers on the front because the centre cap hit the hub cover , the 10mm rears I put on to line up the rears with the fronts . I could probably put a bit more on both , but I wouldn't want to over stress/stretch the original distances for fear of causing damage .

With the amount you've lowered your car , I wouldn't over do it , for fear of rubbing on the wing/fender over bumps/holes ...

Might I suggest you get a pair ( rather than spending out on all four ) of 10mm ones and try and see what they look like and do front and back , then you can get something smaller for the front if and use these on the rear , if 10mm is too much , or something bigger for the rear if it's ok , if you understand what I mean ?


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My car's 2nd hand and I think the previous owner changed the suspension to some point as it's stiffer than other Slks I've tried , but not especially lowered and no bottoming out ...

I have aftermarket wheels with width 8J and ET37 , if I remember rightly , and I put the 5mm spacers on the front because the centre cap hit the hub cover , the 10mm rears I put on to line up the rears with the fronts . I could probably put a bit more on both , but I wouldn't want to over stress/stretch the original distances for fear of causing damage .

With the amount you've lowered your car , I wouldn't over do it , for fear of rubbing on the wing/fender over bumps/holes ...

Might I suggest you get a pair ( rather than spending out on all four ) of 10mm ones and try and see what they look like and do front and back , then you can get something smaller for the front if and use these on the rear , if 10mm is too much , or something bigger for the rear if it's ok , if you understand what I mean ?
That's a good shout, 10mm might be the best starting point then and if they're not quite big enough for my tastes I could run 10mm front / 20mm back until I can try 15mm front.

Although I'm struggling to find any spacers smaller than 12mm, might have to ring H&R and Eibach customer services and see what they've got.
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