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Hi guys,
After some reading, basically any wheels with 5X112 bolt pattern and Et35-45 offset will fit on 2003 Passats 1.8T ?

I am looking for OEM wheels from VW/Audi Family. I noticed that the 5 spoke Audi A4 from 01-08 is ET45 and some mentioned this will fit fine. Would a 10mm spacer be needed? I am a little confused.

I would like to do without spacers, and a lot of OEM wheels are ET45. Would there be any concern at all with that? I am thinking maybe wider wheels will be better. I would like to stay within 16" or 17".

Also, would i need to buy new lugs if I use any wheels between ET35-45 ?

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Any wheels with a 5x112 pattern and an et35-45 offset will fit, provided the centerbore is the proper size OR they come with hubcentric rings. With the Audi wheels you mentioned, they should bolt right up. Mercedes wheels have the same bolt pattern but have a different centerbore size and bolt diameter. Most aftermarket wheels require hubcentric rings as well.

So, basically, you should be fine. Wheels from the Audi A4, A6, and A8 bolt right up, the TT however, has a different bolt pattern.

You CAN run spacers but dont have to. The stock offset on your OEM wheels is et37, so an Audi wheel with et45 will sit closer in by 8mm, but it will still be ok.

You should get 6-7 turns for each lug. You will need to know with the wheel you are getting requires a ball seat or cone seat lug bolt.
 

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thanks for the reply bill.

I have the 15" oem steelies, do you think the lug bolt I have right now will work on ET37? or ET45 ?

How can i tell if I need new lugs ? Do I buy it from dealer? or most tire shop would carry them?

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the only reason you would need new lug bolts are

1. you have ball seat lugs and the wheel req. cone seat or vice versa.
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2. you use spacers more than 5mm, this will req longer lugs


the offset of the wheel means nothing in terms of lug bolt length
 

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if using OEM wheels from either VW or audi and using spacers you will need longer bolts (ball seat) I'm running some from an A6 now with 8mm. Just measure your stock bolts and add the same amount as the spacers are thick to get the new length. I highly suggest you put spacers on anything other than 35 et stock wheels for your car. It will look like crap without, imo. Here's a pic of my ET43 wheels on 8mm spacers. Perfect, imo. I got new lug bolts and spacers form ECS Tuning. Good prices on that stuff.
 

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Uggggg! Why doesn't VW stick with 5 x 100? That's what I had on my B4 but now that I am in the 5.5 I must change everything because of a 2 mm difference?! Someone please tell me that there is little to no different between 5 x 100 and 5 x 112 so I can just go ahead and use the spacers that I have. And to confirm, ball seating is used on the stock wheels?
 

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Im currently running 17x9.5 with adapters they end up being +31 all around with no rubbing. The tires are 225/45 or 40, I cant remember. Its a small stretch. It fits fine. It would definitely rub if I was slammed tho. I think 17X8 +32 with a 225/45 tire would be ideal.
 

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17x7.5 ET45 - 225/45 R17

I know this is an old thread but I wanted to share my experience with a Passat I purchased recently.

I looked around for a definitive answer on fitment and got varied results so I wanted to share.

17x7.5 ET45 - 225/45 R17 Contisport tires with NO spacers

03 Passat B5.5

Stock 15" wheels


Side view


Audi A6 Wheels - 17x7.5 ET45 - 225/45 R17 Contisport tires


Side view


Wheel info


Strut/Control arm clearance


Another shot


Enjoy,

Bimmerod
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