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Old 05-03-09, 08:56 PM   #76
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BTW, your 18's with spacers looks a lot better than my 17's with spacers, I want some chrome 18's!.
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Don't need to, I have the Kics spacer

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how much did the Kics spacers run you? for front and back?
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Old 05-04-09, 12:19 AM   #78
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I see, Now I understand why you wanted the front to be lower a bit.. the front does look taller.
Yes it is a bit taller on the front. But keep in mind there is no spacer on the front yet.

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Hey Jeff, I thought you said you didn't like OEM wheels with spacers.
Really, I never said that before. Adding spacers to the OEM wheels was always my plan, maybe you mistaken me for someone else?
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BTW, your 18's with spacers looks a lot better than my 17's with spacers, I want some chrome 18's!.
Go get yourself some chrome 18s then, they are out there
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how much did the Kics spacers run you? for front and back?
They are about $150 a pair.
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They are about $150 a pair.
Is there a website for them?
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Is there a website for them?
I imagine they got a Japanese website, Project Kics is pretty big in Japan, but I don't know what it is.

Mackin Industries is their U.S. distributor.

http://www.mackinindustries.com/wm/k...eadspacer.html

Just google it if you want to find infos about them, a bunch of online vendors sells them, ebay has them too.

I got mine from Gruppe-S, but this item is not listed on their website.

http://www.gruppe-s.com/

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I am sure they got a Japanese website, but I don't know what it is.

Mackin Industries is their U.S. distributor.

http://www.mackinindustries.com/wm/k...eadspacer.html

Just google it if you want to find infos about them, a bunch of online vendors sells them, ebay has them too.

I got mine from Gruppe-S:

http://www.gruppe-s.com/
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BNR34,
I also have a 2005 UL the driver side rear shock is leaking and I was thinking about doing the steel conversion. I took it to the dealer and they want $3,600 parts, labor, and alignment. I saw your part #s that you used and noticed that you did not replace your upper strut support. Dealer advised me that I need to replace that also, is this true?
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I also have a 2005 UL the driver side rear shock is leaking and I was thinking about doing the steel conversion. I took it to the dealer and they want $3,600 parts, labor, and alignment. I saw your part #s that you used and noticed that you did not replace your upper strut support. Dealer advised me that I need to replace that also, is this true?
I did replaced my upper strut support, it is absolutely necessary.

I think what confused you was, I called the upper strut support "strut top".

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$3600 sounds about right from a dealer using all OEM parts, they are not ripping you off.
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I finally got the 15mm spacers on the front wheels, they are flush with the fenders now, I am so happy.

Maybe I should start a new thread on the spacers with some pics.

But I am totally satisfy with the spacers, no issues at all. I was skeptical about using spacers before, now that I got it and checked it out, I feel totally safe and see nothing wrong about it. No vibration at all.
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Old 05-20-09, 01:11 PM   #88
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Sup...

Nice thread. On the topic of spacers... I've been using spacers on a lot of my cars (mostly when I want to use OEM wheels). The ones w/ the new studs (like yours) are the way to go.. but I'd also look for spacers that are hub centric to the car AND the wheel.

I personally have spacers that are hub centric.. and some that are not (GMC Denali 6 bolt) .. but in most cases, my favorite type are hub centric to both wheel and car.

The generic Kick spacer pic you have look like it's hubcentric to the car, but not the wheel. WheelAdapters.com makes custom spacers what whatever width, and car/wheel combo you want... plus they can make it hub+wheel centric. Highly recommended!~

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-'01 Audi A4 1.8T: BBS LM 17" staggerred w/ 22 offset (poke out and stretch tire Euro style)
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Hi joe422,

Thanks for your input

The kics spacers I am using is hub centric both to the brake rotor on the car and to the wheel, the hub centric ring is a separate piece that you didn't see in the above pic of the spacer

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Just changed the oil on the car for the 1st time without being able to rise the car up using the air suspension, the decreased room makes it a bit tougher, but still doable.

I do put the car on some Takata ramp though.

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