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Yesterday I had the TSW Bathurst wheels put on, Stayed with the 19" wheels so I could keep my factory tires.

Took a few pictures after the install.
 

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The gap was always there, just less noticeable when the wheels/tires are no longer tucked up under the fender.

What is the backspacing or offset for the wheels you have? Are they the same specs as below? If so, the rears are nearly 1-inch further out, which is significant. This is why you see so many people wanting to lower their vehicle after they install wider wheels with more aggressive offsets.

TSW Bathurst
Front: 19x8.5 +35 (0.51 out) 21.4 lbs
Rear: 19x9.5 +39 (0.96 out) 22.5 lbs

http://www.ssforums.com/forum/wheels-tires-suspension/90650-ss-sedan-wheel-directory-2-0-a.html
 

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The gap was always there, just less noticeable when the wheels/tires are no longer tucked up under the fender.

What is the backspacing or offset for the wheels you have? Are they the same specs as below? If so, the rears are nearly 1-inch further out, which is significant. This is why you see so many people wanting to lower their vehicle after they install wider wheels with more aggressive offsets.

TSW Bathurst
Front: 19x8.5 +35 (0.51 out) 21.4 lbs
Rear: 19x9.5 +39 (0.96 out) 22.5 lbs

http://www.ssforums.com/forum/wheels-tires-suspension/90650-ss-sedan-wheel-directory-2-0-a.html
I believe those are the new specs, so that would explain it, In my head I thought same tires meant same fit lol.
 

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Love them. So what's the deal here, do these need spacers or are they good to go as stock?

I've been eyeing these for some time.
 

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Love them. So what's the deal here, do these need spacers or are they good to go as stock?

I've been eyeing these for some time.
You will need 3mm spacers, without question. They put the on to test fit without and they were up against the caliper. With the 3mm spacer up front gives it just enough to clear. The rear needs no spacers at all.
 

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They look great on your car!
Thank you so much!! I am really stressing the gap on the rear now, I really do not want to lower the car and I am afraid now it looks horrible.
 

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Have you driven car since the change to settle the suspension mag ride if equipped might need to cycle thru settings while driving.
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Those look really good. Happy you got that worked out.
 

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Have you driven car since the change to settle the suspension mag ride if equipped might need to cycle thru settings while driving.
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Drove it 2 miles from the tire shop to the house and 3 miles to work this morning, But I did not adjust the MAG ride, I always keep it on performance mode, but I will go to touring and back when I leave work today and see if that does anything. I just hope the gap doesnt make the car look bad now.
 

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Seems to me maybe the safest, most sure fire way at getting a sweet set of black wheels on my Heron White is to buy the GM/Holden stock wheels they sell on their website. That also means spending an extra $1k or so. Time will tell what I do. The issue is I prefer the Bathurst to those GM wheels. Just don't want to deal with issues, spacers, gaps, etc.
 

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The spacers were no issue, those just slip right on and the 3mm was perfect. The gap is the only thing I am worried about now. :)
 

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Do NOT make me start banging on the horn!! LOL
 

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I believe those are the new specs, so that would explain it, In my head I thought same tires meant same fit lol.

Those fronts have the same spec as many other aftermarket wheels on members' cars, without needing spacers. Any way to verify what offset was sold to you before I add this to the wheel thread?


And yes, aftermarket wheels have a way with accentuating wheel gaps. I remember my first experience with that on a 95 GTI VR6. It looked like I could put my head on top of the tire.


Edit: Sometimes wheel shops don't communicate too well and one of the workers might not be aware of the big picture. Do you think that maybe someone in the shop was attempting to fit a rear wheel on the front?
 

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Yesterday I had the TSW Bathurst wheels put on, Stayed with the 19" wheels so I could keep my factory tires.

Only thing I am confused about is how it seems it added some gap in the rear wheel well, and these are the same size tires/wheels as my factory.
Like those a lot! I am on the fence with getting those (the TSW Bathurst), or the TSW Nurburings. I wasn't aware you could get the Bathurst in a gun-metal like that. That might sway my decision! Good choice!
 

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Those fronts have the same spec as many other aftermarket wheels on members' cars, without needing spacers. Any way to verify what offset was sold to you before I add this to the wheel thread?

Edit: Sometimes wheel shops don't communicate too well and one of the workers might not be aware of the big picture. Do you think that maybe someone in the shop was attempting to fit a rear wheel on the front?
Hey Mike, Yeah I was standing there when he took the front wheel out of the box and did a test fit before putting the tires on, the Bathurst wheel for sure needs the 3mm spacer for the front, Its a +35 Offset (19x18.5). A few others with these wheels confirmed with me before I bought these that a spacer was required to clear the Brembo's. The rear clears with no spacers needed.
 
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