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What are Wheel Spacer?

Typically used to install larger tires, wheel spacers are devices that fit over a vehicle’s holding bracket to create extra clearance between the wheel and the wheel hub assembly. In other words, wheel spacers increase the offset or the distance between the wheel and the wheel hub assembly. Wheel spacers are matched with a vehicle’s bolt pattern and fit over the existing studs, allowing the wheel to be mounted normally.

To achieve better vehicle stability especially, during the car’s cornering and turning, people tend to use wheel spacers. Responsible for creating space for the wheels, this component causes the tires to move further apart. As a result, the vehicle’s weight is distributed equally on all the four wheels, enhancing the car’s handling.

And because the wheels sit further away from the hub assembly when using wheel spacers, the traction that a vehicle has when cornering is improved. Wheel spacers are also used merely to extend the wheels outward from the vehicle to give it a more menacing look.

Okay, why should I use them?

Installing high-quality aluminum wheel spacers not only brings a visual change but also more comfortable driving experience. 

Wheel spacers are also used for spacing wheels and it can allow large tires and wheels with a different bolt pattern to be mounted.

Wheel spacers also avoid wheel scrub. If you experience new rims hitting the control arms or suspension, you could install wheel spacers to fix the problem. After installing the correct wheel spacers, the rubbing will be eliminated instantly. Like magic.

Do wheel spacers have any disadvantages?

Well, they do, actually.

Using wheel spacers means breaking the contact between the ball bearing and the wheels. And, because of this sizing, the wheel bearing life may be shortened or, worse, lead to failure.

With the extension of the car’s track width due to the wheel spacers, the inner fender-well clearance, and the scrub radius also increases. As a result, the driver has to put more effort while turning the car, which causes the steering wheel to re-center itself more quickly.

But these little downsides can be easily neglected when you take into account the benefits of installing wheel spacers.

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