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      10-20-2021, 11:06 PM   #1
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M550 wheel spacers and locking lugs?

I have a stock M550 with 668M 20" wheels.

I was thinking of doing a conservative set of spacers. 12mm front and 15mm rear. I currently have stock wheel bolts with the OEM locking lugs - one lock on each hub.

I assume I would need extended bolts to go with the spacers. Do they make locks that are extended to use with spacers?

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Yes, you can find some on ECS for pretty cheap https://www.ecstuning.com/News/ECS_L..._BMW_M14X1_25/

Or if you want higher quality ones, McGard brand probably makes them too since they're the ones making a lot of OEM wheel locks.
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The locks are more of an inconvenience, rather than add any security. There are all sorts of "universal" key way sets to defeat the BMW and other brands of locks, so they do not deter a thief. I've removed them from both my BMWs. I don't have them on my Ferrari or truck either. BMW puts them on their cars because they are a great "add on" sale...
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The locks are more of an inconvenience, rather than add any security. There are all sorts of "universal" key way sets to defeat the BMW and other brands of locks, so they do not deter a thief. I've removed them from both my BMWs. I don't have them on my Ferrari or truck either. BMW puts them on their cars because they are a great "add on" sale...
I guess another way to look at it, is i was "unlucky" enough to get hit and all my wheels stolen - then I'd get an insurance paid new set of wheels/tires. . Not that I want that to happen…
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I guess another way to look at it, is i was "unlucky" enough to get hit and all my wheels stolen - then I'd get an insurance paid new set of wheels/tires. . Not that I want that to happen…
I'm not following you...are you saying insurance won't cover the loss if you don't have wheel locks?

Wheel theft is a concern for sure, more so the potential damage from the theft. I have seen cars left in such away that there was damage to the brake calipers, discs and even under carriage and fenders. I just don't believe wheel locks offer a significant deterrent anymore. But I certainly wouldn't say no one should get them... by all means. But a garage and secured parking will make a greater difference. But some don't have the luxury of a garage.
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Dave, I think he is saying tongue in cheek, that big deal if his wheels get stolen, he will just get another new shiny set from the insurance company. Although there would be a deductible. I would never see the bright side in in having my wheels stolen. I am sure there would be damage involved as well. Thieves aren't very careful jacking it up and supporting it.

As to the OP's question on spacers. Yes you need new longer bolts and you should definitely ditch the locks, they are a pain in the ass.

I think 15mm in the rear with 668M's will leave you underwhelmed. I went with 12mm/17mm and I feel like I 18mm out back would be perfect. I went with Dinan spacers, they come in 10,12,15,17 and 20. 20 would be too much out back. In terms of bolt size, pick your spacers over at Dinan's site and it will tell you what bolts you need.
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