Are wheel hub spacers safe?
Therefore, properly installed wheel spacers are perfectly safe. The wheel stud applies a clamping force that holds the wheel to the hub. When the lug nuts are tightened, the wheel studs stretch elastically, like very stiff springs. The lug nuts should be tightened until the stud is at 90% of its elastic limit.
Are hub centric spacers bad?
Hub-Centric Bolt-On Spacers Hub-centric bolt-on wheel spacers work the same way as your regular wheels do and are completely safe to put on your vehicle. This design bolts onto your hub and slide over the wheel studs, but they also have a lip that fits around your vehicle’s hub.
Do wheel spacers ruin bearings?
That said, wheel spacers affect suspension geometry, and will change the scrub radius, affecting braking stability, and also reduce the effective spring rate at the wheels. Wheel spacers can also cause wheel bearing failure.
Do spacers ruin handling?
Installing wheels spacers is common within the tuning scene. They are a cheap and easy way to improve wheel fitment and increase the track width of your car. However, they are also a fast and easy way to ruin the geometry of your car and can badly affect your handling.
Will spacers affect handling?
How big of wheel spacers do I need?
The size spacer you need will be equal to the thickness of the washers used. If a spacer greater than 5mm is needed, you may need to also purchase extended lug studs or purchase wheel spacers with studs.
Do I need hub spacers?
Yes, you absolutely need to ensure any spacers mate with the wheel center bore and wheel hub precisely, either by being the correct diameter themselves or with hubcentric rings to make up the difference in size. Wheel spacers effectively change the offset of your wheels without making you buy new wheels.
What is a hub spacer?
The spacer looks like a large washer that fits in the gap between the hub and wheel. It is designed to contact both the wheel and hub and acts as a means of transferring lug loads to the hub.