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I am having problems with the back wheels rubbing on the inner wheel wells and was reading about the spacers. I spoke with my dealer about getting them installed but he mentioned he couldn't install any aftermarket parts for safety reasons.<p>For the people that have had spacers installed did you do it yourself or take it to a shop? I've got F1's with 17" pegs. I rubbed with the rossos also. Mostly when I have more weight in the car.<p>Thanks!
 

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Re: Installing Spacers (Austin-V70R)

Just IMed you.
 

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5mm spacers?<br>Remove wheels, put spacers on, re install wheels<br>10mm spacers, need longer lugs<p>REAR tires hitting?<br>Stock tire and wheel size, that shouldn't happen
 

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Re: Installing Spacers (JRL)

I agree. It shouldn't happen and I wish it didn't. It's embarrasing when I have passengers in the car and every bump I go over the back tires rub. Then I make a sharp turn, the front tires rub and they just say "what's wrong with this car?"
 

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Re: Installing Spacers (Austin-V70R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Austin-V70R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Then I make a sharp turn, the front tires rub and they just say "what's wrong with this car?"</TD></TR></TABLE><p>LOL.....A Sharp Turn.....your killin me.<br>Jim
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Austin-V70R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I agree. It shouldn't happen and I wish it didn't. It's embarrasing when I have passengers in the car and every bump I go over the back tires rub. Then I make a sharp turn, the front tires rub and they just say "what's wrong with this car?"</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Lowered?
 

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Re: Installing Spacers (JRL)

Not at all. The only change I have made to stock is the tires but as I mentioned before it rubbed with the original tires. Here is a picture I took of the driver side rear wheel well.<br> <IMG SRC="http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g128/cfougerat/Rear_Tire_Rub.jpg" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Austin-V70R at 3:16 PM 6-2-2006</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Lowered?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Even lowered, I don't think it's suppose to rub. You saw my pic of the wagon FULLY loaded up with 4 people. My rear wheel was tucked and I didn't rub at all.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Austin-V70R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Then I <B>try to</B> make a sharp turn, the front tires rub and they just say "what's wrong with this car?"</TD></TR></TABLE><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>surfsd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>LOL.....A Sharp Turn.....your killin me.<br>Jim</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Thre, fixed it for you surfsd.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">5mm spacers?<br>Remove wheels, put spacers on, re install wheels<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>FYI - on 5mm spacers seriously consider getting longer lugs... at 102 lb-ft, the stock lugs with 5mm spacers will work loose... don't ask me how I know. (VERY scarey) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Ifyou choose to run stock lugs, re-torque at least once a week, more often if you like to drive "spirited"
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>djeuch</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>FYI - on 5mm spacers seriously consider getting longer lugs... at 102 lb-ft, the stock lugs with 5mm spacers will work loose... don't ask me how I know. (VERY scarey) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Ifyou choose to run stock lugs, re-torque at least once a week, more often if you like to drive "spirited" </TD></TR></TABLE><br>NOT necessary.<br>I've (so have others) been running spacers (5mm) for a year and a half with stock lugs and no problems
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">NOT necessary.<br>I've (so have others) been running spacers (5mm) for a year and a half with stock lugs and no problems</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I've had 2 people (including myself) have them come loose.<p>Basically, stock lugs on 5mm spacers are AT YOUR OWN RISK, but me, I'd rather not have my wheel come off again. I drive hard, so your individual mileage may vary, but just because you haven't heard of it, it doesn't mean it isn't a problem.
 

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Re: Installing Spacers (djeuch)

Perhaps they weren't torqued properly?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Perhaps they weren't torqued properly?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I suspected the same, but when it happened we checked the other three wheels... all were around the 102 lb-ft mark. Same torque wrench was used on all of them, and calibration shows it within 5%.<p>I've been tempted to raise the torque myself, but instead I just purchased the extended set. Stock ones get 6-7 threads' worth in, and I guess it was just not enough under hard driving to keep them on there. It's just a precaution, but anyone running 5mm spacers, I think it worth the slightly extra cost to get a better matched set of lugs.
 

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Re: Installing Spacers (mike_c70)

Fixed the pic above.<p>The strangest part of the rubbing is it doesn't happen all the time. It's probably happened less than 30 times. When it does happen it will rub even driving over the slighest bump in the road and for the duration of the trip but after turning the car off and returning later the rubbing would be gone. <p>One day on our way in for service it rubbed all the way to the dealership. I turned the car off to get the service manager to ride with me for a different issue and of course it didn't happen when went for a ride. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> The service sheet said "could not duplicate" but there are visible marks. Oh well.<p>I'm beginning to think owning an R is like owning a boat. "The best days of owning a boat is the first day and the last".
 
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