In Reply to: Re: Playing devil's advocate here but ... posted by Phil Coppin on April 11, 1999 at 12:51:53:
: I go with you on this one..aftermarket manufacturers want/need to keep production costs (and individual models catered for) to a minimum. Cheaper to add a ring than produce a wheel with correct offset. Personally, I would rather buy the correct wheel than use spacers. Just more stuff to screw up/around with!
: Phil C.
: 95 525i 5spd.
You're mixing apples and oranges. Using a wheel with the wrong offset requires a spacer, which is a questionable practice at best.
Using a wheel with a larger hub bore requires a centering ring, which is standard practice for both tuners and OEMs alike. It's totally harmless, it just makes sure that the wheel is in the right place when it's bolted down.