|Offset of wheels|
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The 106 GTi requires an offset of 16 to 18 mm. The alloywheels of a 206 have an offset of 28 mm. To actually create a smaller offset or ET, we need to bring the face of contact closer to the centreline. Using so-called spacers, this can be achieved (in this case, it would not work the other way around: you should not use 106 wheels on a 206 - the wheel would stick out too much!).
You can choose to use spacers for 2 reasons: 1. For compensating the offset, or better yet, to achieve the correct (!) offset - this is NOT harmfull to your car! 2. To make your wheels stick out more.
This last reason is used for looks only (e.g. Gulf Mk 1 and 2 often found in Germany), but is deadly for the handling (unless you actually know what you are doing and (thus) are working for a rally-team ;-) ) and more so for the wheelbearings. When using the correct offset, the bearings are loaded as they in accordance with the design - the engineers at Peugeot have designed the bearings taking in account the dimensions of the brakes, the trackwidth, wheelarches etcetera. If you were to deviate from the proper offset too much, you will be applying a 'momentum'on your bearings - a lever effect, if you will. This will increase the pressure on the bearings anc chances are, they will die an early death. And to make it worse: if your wheels are catching on any part of the wheelarch, this coudl result in a MOT failure.
Try and keep the offset or ET-value within a 3 mm tolerance.