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Old 01-16-2007, 08:56 AM   #1
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5 mm Spacers and Bolts

When I got my PSS9 suspension installed and the car lowered, the mechanic said that I would be better off by putting on 5mm spacers on all the wheels. I have been driving without the spacers and it seems to be fine, but my all-season tires are not as wide as the PS2's I will be putting on as soon as it warms up.

When I got my 2000 Boxster I was disappointed to see all the rust on the lug bolts. I went ahead and sprung for some beautful Booth chromed bolts for the front wheels, because they are easiest to see.

I just got in the 5mm spacer plates and set of lug bolts from Sunset Imports (300.00). Unfortunately, my nice Booth bolts are a little too short. I had some Wurth silver spray paint I used to touch up my old pair of wheels. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I cleaned the factory bolts with solvent and sprayed them with the silver paint, mostly to help avoid rapid rusting. I have no idea if the paint is going to come off right away or not. Anyone tried anything like this?

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Thats weird, The first picture im assuming are the bolt before paint cause the washers are paint free and the last 2 pictures they are painted... If im correct, why did you paint your lugs, they didnt appear to have rust in the first picture you uploaded. Mine are soooo rusty by the way.
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I tried painting them in an attempt to protect the bare metal and help prevent rust, I suspect that a sprayed paint finish will not stick all that well even after cleaning the bolts first, but I wanted to give it a try while the metal was fresh, time will tell,

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I hope that paint doesn't chip off when you go to torque them in!
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Thats what I think may happen......

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I'd be interested to see some before and after pics of the wheels in the wheel well. I've been considering these since my M030 upgrade but it's hard for me to imagine what a track increase of 2/10" per side looks like, that's pretty small.

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