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Spacers help! Lowered Spider 946

Hi fellas,

I have had my Spider dropped on Eibach 30mm springs.

I wanted to fit 15mm spacers to finish the stance off, but Tim at Alfisti net advised me to beware the rear arches as space is a bit tight.

I have checked and sure enough, whilst there is plenty of room at the front (which incidentally did not drop as much as the rear), the rear arches do look tight.

As Tim suggested, it does appear a 15mm widening will cause the tyres to scrub the arches as the car now sits so low at the back.

I cannot be bothered with arch work just to fit spacers, but do want to widen the stance, as the wheels look too recessed in the arches, particularly at the front.

I guess options are:

1) Leave it and live with it (which I don't want to do!)

2) Try the 15mm spacers all round and see how I get on

3) Find some hubcentric 10mm spacers for front and rear

4) Fit 15mm spacers to the front and 10mm spacers to the rear

Obviously any spacers I fit will be messing with the suspension geometry, but given that the car was totally **** in OEM spec and I have now chucked on an OMP strut brace and Eibachs, it is already far beyond factory anyway and not worried about upsetting the balance much further having come this far and seen improvements!

Whaddaya reckon guys - can you give me any constructive advice or input?

To give you some context I have included pics of the front and back so you get the idea - plenty of room at the front, not so much at the back!
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And given that next to one another those pictures make my car look like some sort of freakish Frankenstein's monster car I feel obliged to post a pic of her as a whole!
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Hmmmmm just dug out a tape measure from my 'man drawer' and looked more closely at the arches and one side is sitting lower at the back than the other. The front is the same too.

Better get this checked out first and then look again at the spacer situation.

Well that was a bit of a none-thread wasn't it?!
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I think that the slight uneveness is quite common on a lot of cars, was probably like that before the Eibachs.

there was a member on here that put 15mm spacers on his Brera S - a search should reveal some threads by him, don't think he had any problems with scrubbing. - He then fitted something like 265 width tyres and 9" wide wheels, presumably he had to do some modifying to fit them..

- also a lot of OEM wheels wont fit with 10mm spacers as wheels with a "bevelled" mounting lip are needed
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Thanks Phil, yeah I had seen threads previously with people fitting 15mm spacers to Breras wearing 19" boots so figured something was awry on my car.

Had the suspension inspected today and the front spring was not quite sat right so a bit of adjustment has sorted the front out perfectly. Car now feels smoother and less fidgety (or at least it does in my mind!).

The difference between each side at the rear meanwhile turns out to be tyre related. I have one Pirelli P1 Zero and one Accelera on the back. Both are identical tyre codes but the Accelera is an extra load tyre and has a slightly bigger sidewall.

Going to get a Pirelli on shortly after which will have just enough room to pop the spacers on and job done!

Will get some pics up once done.
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Obviously any spacers I fit will be messing with the suspension geometry,

Does lowering the car 30mm effect the geometry anyway, have you had the camber checked after?

some other cars with double wishbone suspension create more positive camber when lowered, and adjustable arms are required to sort this, or even add more negative camber for better cornering.

All depends where you want to be, are you after handling or looks?
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Both!

And so far both have improved so pleased with the results.

Once I have the rear tyre issue sorted I should really have the geometry checked out and properly set up I know.
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