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November 22, 2017, 03:33 PM #0

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Not a wheel person so a dumb question.

I needed some new wheels for my Jetta because my summer wheels leak.  Not being careful/picky I bought some 17" BBS RK's from kijiji (the guy might even be on here) because the add showed them on a same era golf so I figured they'd fit.

Getting them home I realize they are factory Subaru rims (right bolt pattern, wrong offset and bore diameter)

Even if I got spacers(10mm would be = to the factory offset) and longer conical nuts I can't get around the bore size without machining them right?   There is 1mm difference. 

So I'm wondering what he did to get them on his Golf (or maybe it was just a picture and he never actually ran them)  Do they make spacers that have a smaller bore size or no centering flange at all?

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    November 22, 2017, 08:22 PM #1

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    Originally posted by Gotrek
    Not a wheel person so a dumb question.

    I needed some new wheels for my Jetta because my summer wheels leak.  Not being careful/picky I bought some 17" BBS RK's from kijiji (the guy might even be on here) because the add showed them on a same era golf so I figured they'd fit.

    Getting them home I realize they are factory Subaru rims (right bolt pattern, wrong offset and bore diameter)

    Even if I got spacers(10mm would be = to the factory offset) and longer conical nuts I can't get around the bore size without machining them right?   There is 1mm difference. 

    So I'm wondering what he did to get them on his Golf (or maybe it was just a picture and he never actually ran them)  Do they make spacers that have a smaller bore size or no centering flange at all?

    You can have custom spacers made that can have two different bore sizes. There may be a minimum thickness but you should be able to just google custom wheel spacers. I can look for the site when iím not on a phone


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      November 23, 2017, 09:36 AM #2

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      I'm going to guess that probably costs more then it's worth but I'll look into it thank you.  (More then it's worth since I'm not a show guy just wanted wheels that don't leak :)  )

      Originally posted by Igor
      You can have custom spacers made that can have two different bore sizes. There may be a minimum thickness but you should be able to just google custom wheel spacers. I can look for the site when iím not on a phone


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        Originally posted by Gotrek
        I'm going to guess that probably costs more then it's worth but I'll look into it thank you.  (More then it's worth since I'm not a show guy just wanted wheels that don't leak :)  )

        Itís about $100 for a pair if i recall correctly.


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          November 23, 2017, 09:38 AM #4

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          Oh ok that's not horrible

            November 23, 2017, 10:51 PM #5

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            What are the offsets and bores for each vehicle?
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              November 24, 2017, 08:59 AM #6

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              Originally posted by benz88
              What are the offsets and bores for each vehicle?

              Car is 5x100, 57.1mm bore and Stock offset is +38 to +35
              Wheel is 5x100 56.1mm bore and +48 offset

              Figure a 10mm to 12mm spacer would be perfect

              Ha ha just noticed I wrote dump instead of Dumb in the subject

                November 24, 2017, 07:30 PM #7

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                yeah Run a 10-15mm spacer just make sure its got a big enough bore and run longer wheel bolts. These should work depending on how much your hub sticks out
                https://www.ebay.com/itm/4x-10mm-Universal-Wheel-Spacer-Adaptor-5x100-5x114-3-4x100-5x120-5x112-4-5-STUD/331655588381?hash=item4d3836aa1d:g:v9cAAOSwyvBV9~KZ&vxp=mtr
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                  December 02, 2017, 04:12 PM #8

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                  I would recommend using hubcentric spacers all the time on cars with wheel bolts.

                    December 04, 2017, 10:10 AM #9

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                    So a quick update.  I bought some spacers (cheap ones I don't plan on using but wanted to do some tests)

                    They are hubcentric to 57.1mm

                    I threw them on the lathe and cut 1mm out of the hub centric ring that protrudes and they fit the wheels now   they still look strong enough to work so I'm probably going to do that.

                    Will be hub and wheel centric that way,.
                    Last Edit: December 04, 2017, 11:08 AM by Gotrek

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