Wheel spacers are not universal. Several factors decide whether the spacers are suitable for your vehicle. Many suppliers claim that their wheel spacers are universal. Actually, they are a type of spacer that comes with two sets of lug holes. They can fit more than one bolt pattern. However, they don’t fit all of the bolt patterns. Therefore, there are no such things as universal wheel spacers.
The bolt pattern of a wheel spacer refers to the arrangement of the mounting lug holes. It is different from vehicle to vehicle. The bolt patterns of wheel spacers MUST match the patterns of the vehicle hub. For example, if your OEM hub lug holes are arranged in 5×112, then you need 5×112 wheel spacers. Even a slight difference will cause the wheel to be off-center, leading to excessive vibration while driving.
Are Universal Wheel Spacers Really Safe?
In order to further adapt to more car models and reduce costs, universal wheel spacers are NOT hub centric to the hub size of your vehicle. Generally, their hub diameters are large. You can put these universal spacers on easily. But there will be an unavoidable gap in the wheel connection. Without a snug fit, these spacers are centered on the vehicle’s hubs only by wheel bolts. This can cause shaking and vibration.
So, tire experts will recommend hub-centric wheel spacers. A hub-centric spacer comes with a middle hub-centric ring. It is machined to your vehicle specification, which ensures perfect fitment. In addition, good hub-centric spacers are always adjusted to fit the actual vehicle hub. For a perfect suitable installation, BONOSS wheel spacers come with specific hub-centric rings for specific vehicle styles. This provides a stable connection between the axle hub and the wheel.
Can I Put Universal Wheel Spacers On?
You can put universal wheel spacers on the car that is only for exhibition. However, it is not recommended to use those spacers on cars for daily commuting. People think universal wheel spacers will save a lot of money. The saved money doesn’t worth it! Only because it’s the wheel lugs to bear the vehicle weight, not the wheel hub. Even if you have torqued down every single lug bolt, the spacer can be broken due to forces.
It is always a good idea to use vehicle-specific wheel spacers of proper thickness. For ideal performance and suitability, BONOSS wheel spacers can be custom manufactured to meet exact specifications. The sizes are up from 130mm to 350mm with thicknesses from 3mm to 160mm, to accommodate your specific application requirement. This allows BONOSS wheel spacers to operate well at a higher performance in most conditions. You don’t need to worry about failure issues.