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im picking up some 18x8.5 rims in offset +40. what size spacers would you recommend for both performance and look. im on stock height and the tires will be michelin 235 35 18 snow tires.
 

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On the stock BBS, which are a +38, I run a custom 21mm spacer (giving a +17 overall offset) and it sits perfectly flush with my 255/40/18 Michelin PS2's (with it strapped down on the dyno the wheels tucked perfectly up into the wheel wells with zero rubbing).

So with that being said I would run a 22-23mm spacer and if you google Motor-Sport Tech they are who I buy all my spacers from for my car, my dads cars and all my friends (about 8 sets so far) and never had an issue with them and they are on some very high end cars ($100,000+ vehicles).

Also I dont know if your 235 35 18 is a typo but I am hoping it is because that is over 1" shorter than the OEM tires. If you are really stuck on the hole "skinnier is better" for winter and want a 235, go with a 235/40/18 so the over diameter is only 8mm different than OEM.

But on the hole "skinnier is better" theory I think its absolute bull shit and not true what so ever. To give you my own personal experience with this, Our R8 runs 295/30/19 SNOW tires and it is unstoppable in the snow. We just had a storm blow in 6"+ of snow and places where our new Tahoe with winter tires was having trouble, the R8 had zero issues at all even with low crawling speeds. So in my honest opinion here, stick with the stock 245/40/18 tires for winter and go with the 22-23mm spacers from Motor-Sport Tech (they call them wheel adapters) and call it a day..

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Here is my idea of the perfect size winter tire. Thats a size 10.5 shoe....

 

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freebs, do you have some pics of how flush your stance looks now please?
 

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I have a set of 18x8.5 +40 msr wheels on right now, with a 25mm spacer in front and 30mm in rear, and it sits almost flush with 245 on
 

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freebs, do you have some pics of how flush your stance looks now please?
I will look and see if I have pictures with the 255s on. I have put my 245s back on for winter so I cant take a picture right now. But between it being strapped down on the dyno and the 255s tucking nicely into the wheel wells and no rubbing to it being my moving truck when I packed up stuff from my place in Florida and drove all the way back up to Western Canada. I had the back seats PACKED! from floor to roof, back of the front seats to the back window AND my trunk stuffed with 2 people. In short the wheels were just starting to tuck and they were like this for 10,000km (6,200miles) and never had an issue.

Anyway I will look for pictures but it is as flush as you can get with only 1.5 degrees of camber and on SPEC R springs.


I have a set of 18x8.5 +40 msr wheels on right now, with a 25mm spacer in front and 30mm in rear, and it sits almost flush with 245 on
Why did you go with the wider/thicker spacers in the rear? If anything you should have put the 30 up front and 25 in the rear as the fronts have more space than the rear
 

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Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I was thinking of just going 5mm spacers so I dont have to buy the extended studs but if it will look that much better with 20-25 i will probably go that route. That is if I even end up picking up these rims.

they are 18x8.5 white te37s +40. unfortunately the tire size was not a typo, 235-35-18. I am hoping the seller misread it and when I go see them they are 40 or 45 instead.
 

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I run +25 also. On my stock wheels I would say it needs another +5 to look flush.
 

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with such. a big spacer you need extended lugs...to much trouble. Why not to buy wheels with correct offset??
 

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with such. a big spacer you need extended lugs...to much trouble. Why not to buy wheels with correct offset??
because its not everyday i come across a clean set of te37s with almost new winter tires for $1300.
 
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