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StopTech has put together a series of video shorts to help us select the appropriate brake components for our cars. Whether you’re building a dedicated track car or simply improving the performance of your daily street car or truck, StopTech has the braking components you need. We stock just about every StopTech part for the most popular Audi & VW applications so do not hesitate to contact us for your braking needs! (Videos after the jump.)
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Thanks to H&R and the recent launch of their www.trakplus.com website, we now have a very resourceful and straight-forward tool to assist us in determining which spacer application to run on your car. While we’d like to think we know everything there is to know about wheel-spacing, the fact is, “going wide” is not an exact science. Also, “stance” is purely subjective. One person’s view of “properly stanced” may likely differ from the next. And unless you are local and can stop by, several variations such as vehicle ride height and/or tire size makes it difficult for us to tell you with absolute certainty whether or not “x”-size spacer is appropriate for your car. We can give you an idea, but ultimately it is up to you to decide where within your fenders you want those wheels to sit…
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H&R spacers allow you to change the stance of your vehicle by pushing the wheel away from your hub by the thickness of the selected spacer. Longer wheel bolts are then used to accommodate for the extra “space” and bolt the wheel to the hub with the spacer in between. H&R spacers are many times installed only to make an aesthetic difference and change vehicle stance but there are some instances where H&R spacers are needed for specific wheels and their offsets to clear suspension components. Take Brandon’s black mk4 1.8T GTI for example…
In order to run these specific 18×8.5, 35mm offset wheels at the height his car sits with his FK coil-overs, 10mm hubcentric H&R spacers were required to push the inside of the wheel and tire away from the suspension components. This allowed Brandon to keep the extreme lowered stance he was after.
Consequently the outer clearance between tire and fender is minimized accordingly so care has to be used on tight cornering or hard bumps to keep the 225/40 tire from hitting the fender. Brandon has plans to roll his front fenders to give the tires additional clearance. And since the fronts were pushed out, the rear wheels naturally had to get pushed out as well to match the front stance and H&R’s 15mm spacers were selected. This aggressive stance completely transforms the look of the GTI and goes to show how much a car’s looks can change with such a small and simple modification.