Securing wheel spacers is as easy as mounting a wheel. Simply, slide the spacer onto the vehicle hub, ensuring that it is firmly seated against the brake rotor. Then remount the wheel on top of the spacer, fastening the wheel and spacer with extended wheel bolts. Using a torque wrench, tighten the bolts to the proper torque specification. The bolts should not be overtightened or under-tightened.
Although installing wheel spacers is very simple and quick, there are a few precautions that help you keep them safe and work well for a long period. For instance, using a correctly calibrated torque wrench to torque each wheel bolt in a crisscross sequence. This ensures each bolt is forced evenly. As mentioned above, if you add wheel spacers, a set of correct extended wheel bolts will be of importance.
What Extended Wheel Bolts for Wheel Spacers?
Whatever types of wheel spacers you installed, a safe thread engagement is critical. If you are using spacers with factory wheels, then simply add up the spacer thickness and the stock bolt length, the result value is the length of the extended bolts. Since aftermarket extended wheel bolts come in various seat types, it is critical that the wheel bolts seat and the wheel lug seat match.
Mismatching the seat types could potentially cause the bolt to loosen and the wheel to become insecure. In order to provide a more efficient and secure fastening, BONOSS extended wheel bolts are designed with floating seats. Since the seat part is not fixed, it is replaceable. This is effective especially when replacing the wheels. You don’t need to change the wheel bolts. In addition, they can prevent your beautiful wheels from being scratched by the bolts.
How to Keep Wheel Spacers Tight?
A proper torque process keeps wheel spacers tight and safe. Before tightening the wheel bolts, it is good to make sure the contact surfaces are clear. Use a wire brush to clean the wheel bolt threads, and then dry them. Corrosion, thread damage, and oil or grease can skew torque application and affect clamping force. Double-check that all the wheel bolts are tightened to the manufacturer’s standard.
It’s always a good idea to check the wheel bolts’ tightness on a regular basis, especially soon after installation. After the first 50 to 100 miles of driving, re-torque your lug hardware is necessary for road safety. Because as the wheels are breaking in, they may compress slightly allowing their lugs to lose some of the torque. As long as you operate correctly, wheel spacers are exactly safe and beneficial.