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      07-01-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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$1,000 Spacers!

We all know that as car enthusiasts we can from time to time make buying choices that are not completely driven by sound logic, but rather by the sheer appreciation of elegant engineering and design.

A few members of INDís staff were at dinner with a close friend of ours who happens to be an M3 GT4 owner. As we started talking about the carís various motorsport specific components the most unlikely part became one of the focuses of the conversation- the carís wheel spacers. We were amazed to see this level of innovation in a piece that most people would not look at twice. The scalloped, pentagonal spacer is of such a low weight it almost feels wrong in your hands, and is a perfect example of the length to which motorsport engineers go to optimize every possible factor for a competitive advantage.

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Too bad they don't come with spokes and a barrel. Impressive engineering but the cost is nuts even for a race part.


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      07-01-2011, 04:00 PM   #3
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i still don't understand why its a pentagonal shape?
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The shape allows BMW to remove even more material than a circular shape would have, which makes for an even lighter part.

When we saw how cool these were, we knew we had to have them! There's really no reason for us to own them other than the absolute cool factor.
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i still don't understand why its a pentagonal shape?
My guess is lighter than a circle and still perfectly balanced when spinning...

Just a guess though
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      07-01-2011, 04:10 PM   #6
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I bugged the same guy for some definitely a quality part!
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Saw these on your guys Flikr before you posted em up. Amazing design/quality/weight/etc... But $1000 dammn, they really stick it to ya on these. You guys know what they are made from??
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Glad you guys like them

Hope you do not mind to throw in this link:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=510740

BTW - 1 set is on the way to a new owner in Miami right now
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Isn't it more than just a spacer? It's an adapter as well. The centric lip is bigger to accept the larger center hub bore of the BBS GT4 wheels.

Ralf feel free to chime in.
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Isn't it more than just a spacer? It's an adapter as well. The centric lip is bigger to accept the larger center hub bore of the BBS GT4 wheels.

Ralf feel free to chime in.
You are right Terry.
The GT4 Motorsport rims have a 77.5mm center hub and need spacers to be installed on the 72.5 hub of our stock M3. The GT4 uses 5mm spacers in the front and 15mm spacers in the rear.
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Absurdity either way. This is a $20 part on a CNC mill/lathe. Well plus a few bucks for anodizing... Capitalism - charge what you can - especially if a sucker will pay it.
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Absurdity either way. This is a $20 part on a CNC mill/lathe. Well plus a few bucks for anodizing... Capitalism - charge what you can - especially if a sucker will pay it.
People would like it even more if it cost $2,000...
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for real? $1000 for a spacer?
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I have the same thing, with buckminsterfullerene coated hubs for quicker removal. I can now get the spacers off for winter wheels in less than 2 seconds, as opposed to ~30 seconds with regular spacers. I think paying $2K was worth it for the speed advantage.
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