Do BMW iX wheel spacers cause vibration? Will BMW iX hub centric spacers stop vibration? How do I choose BMW iX wheel spacers? Do I need longer studs for BMW iX wheel spacers? With the coming of the all-new BMW iX Electric Vehicle, these topics become increasing. Wheel spacers are commonly used for handling improvement and visual enhancement. They increase the distance between the left wheels and the right wheels, hence increasing the traction. With the improvement of the traction, your BMW iX becomes more stable and the comfort level of handling improves a lot. By pushing the wheels to a certain position, you can add larger wheels and tires as well as bigger brake kits without rubbing the suspension components. They are also commonly used for improving exterior. By spacing the wheels out to flush with the fender line, the appearance gets a great boost. (Above picture from https://www.bmwusa.com/future-vehicles/ix.html)
Do BMW iX Wheel Spacers Cause Vibration?
Many car owners worry about whether the BMW iX wheel spacers will cause vibrations. As a matter of fact, wheel spacers in themselves don’t cause vibration, they are just increasing the track of the left and right wheels. In this way, the weight of your BMW iX is distributed on all the wheels equally which in turn improves the comfort of car handling. The gripping power is also strengthened when the wheel track increases. BMW iX wheel spacers could be used to correct an existing improper offset condition in wheels or clear the clearance issues of bigger brake kits. Anyway, a few causes may lead to vibration:
- Using cheap casting wheel spacers. If the BMW iX wheel spacers are low-quality, your wheels would knock off or lost. Never use a cheap spacer!
- Using non-hub centric wheel spacers. Lacking the hub’s support, sometimes the wheels may be out of balance through some fierce impacts.
- It’s possible that the wheels didn’t seat correctly on the spacers. Double-check if the wheel bolts are long enough to secure wheels is necessary to keep the wheel from loosening.
How to Prevent BMW iX Wheel Spacers from Vibration?
Firstly, getting rid of the cheap casting wheel spacers and making sure everything was mating up correctly. Generally speaking, good wheel spacers don’t cause any vibration. So, what exactly good BMW iX wheel spacers? BONOSS believes that there are many factors that determine the quality of a wheel spacer, including material, hub-centric or lug-centric, forging or casting… BONOSS only uses high-grade forged 6061-T6 or 7075-T6 billet aluminum alloy material for higher performance and safety. Both 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 are high-performance Aluminum Alloys. They feature good corrosion resistance, weldability, workability, and machinability. After the forged process, the structural strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance are improved greatly. This means they provide stronger impact resistance, less fatigue strength, longer service life range, and stronger corrosion resistance, much safer than those cheap casting spacers.
There are a lot of options you’ll find with BMW iX wheel spacers, but they are mainly classified as hub-centric spacers and lug-centric spacers. We recommend hub-centric spacers rather than lug-centric spacers. Hub-centric spacers offer a better system of support and stability. They are designed to make a snug connection between the wheel and vehicle hub, ensuring the hub carries the weight of the car instead of the lug bolts. Most of the disadvantages that people associate with wheel spacers are actually blamed to lug centric spacers. Due to non-hub centric design, there is a certain gap between the axle and the wheel, which means that the wheel is centered by the lug bolts rather than by the vehicle hub. Without firm contact, lacking the hub’s support, the wheel bolts play the role of bearing the road impacts. Some fierce impacts are strong enough to deform the bolts, making the wheel no longer concentric with the hub, resulting in vibrations. Even worse, it may damage the wheel’s center bore.
Advantages of hub centric BMW iX wheel spacers:
- Hub centric wheel spacers create the wheel-to-hub connection, acting as a role of transferring studs/bolts loads to the hub.
- Hub centric wheel spacers can help to reduce the high-speed vibration by filling the gap between the aftermarket wheel and the hub assembly.
- By custom service, hub centric wheel spacers make it possible to install aftermarket wheels with different center diameters.