Wheel spacers are used for various reasons. When the offset of wheels is insufficient, wheel spacers would make up the custom offset by pushing the wheels away from the vehicle hub. Having your wheel brought out the ideal distance allows for mounting big brake kits without rubbing the suspension components. Individuals often install wheel spacers to achieve more stability especially while turning or cornering the vehicle. The vehicles become more stable as the wheel spacer provides additional width for the wheel track. In this way, the weight of the vehicle is distributed on all the wheels equally which in turn improves the comfort of car handling. For decoration reasons, wheel spacers give your car a more aggressive look as well as a better aerodynamics stance. The appearance gets a boost with the wheels flush with the fender line. Are wheel spacers good or bad? Now let’s continue the talk:
Transforming Lug Centric to Hub Centric Wheels
Most aftermarket wheels are lug-centric design because this allows manufacturers to make larger center bore diameter wheels that can fit a wider range of vehicles without having a specific axle shape for a hub. Due to the larger center diameter of the wheel, there is a certain gap between the axle and the hub. Some fierce impacts are strong enough to deform the studs, making the wheel no longer concentric with the hub, resulting in vibrations. Hubcentric wheel spacers are designed to make a snug connection between wheel and vehicle hub, ensuring the hub carries the weight of the car instead of the studs or bolts. This allows the wheels are truly central to the vehicle hub, reducing the high-speed vibrations, reducing the stress on the lug bolts, improving service range.
Custom Wheel Adapters for Changing Bolt Pattern
Wheel adapters (often also referred to as PCD adapters or PCD hub adapters) allow you to fit wheels to your vehicle when the PCD doesn’t match. By using the wheel adapters, you can build your own PCD conversion custom specification. For example, the Jeep Wrangler JL uses Ford Mustang wheels. The Wrangler JL has a 5×127 bolt pattern. By putting a wheel adapter on the Jeep JL that has a 5×127 bolt pattern on the hub side (that will fasten with the matching lug nuts) and the wheel mounting side of the adapter will have matching lug studs on it in a 5×114.3 bolt pattern. This allows 5×114.3 Mustang OEM wheels to be attached to a 5×127 Jeep Wrangler JL wheel assembly.
Custom Wheel Adapters for Changing Center Bore Diameter
Wheel adapters can also be used to change the center bore of your car, making it possible for you to fit wheels with a different center bore to your vehicle. Most aftermarket wheels are lug-centric design because this allows manufacturers to make larger center bore diameter wheels that can fit a wider range of vehicles. Due to the larger center diameter of the wheel, there is a certain gap between the axle and the hub. Hub centric wheel spacers are designed to fill this gap, making a snug connection between wheel and vehicle hub. You can also custom the center diameter size, for example, the Lexus IS F uses Nissan GTR wheels. By installing the wheel adapter with a 60.1mm to 66.1mm CB conversion hub, you can mount a 66.1mm CB size Nissan GTR wheel.