Quality wheel spacers are exactly safe but only if you install them properly. During the installation, tightening the wheel bolts to the correct foot-pounds of force with a torque wrench is one of the most steps that people can overlook. Never trust an impact gun can settle everything down. Because it is hard for an impact gun to ensure each wheel bolt is evenly tightened with the same torque.

Once the wheel bolts are unevenly forced, there is a high chance that they will loosen and end up warping the brake rotors. To achieve proper installation of your new wheel spacers, the lug torque must be set to the specification of your vehicle. At this point, a torque wrench is very accurate and a great way to tighten wheel bolts evenly to proper specifications.

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How to Properly Torque Wheel Spacers?

Properly torquing all the wheel bolts ensures your wheel spacers are snugged up to the correct specifications. First of all, it is required to set up your torque wrench. The correct torque value could be found in your owner’s manual but in most cases, your wheel spacer installer will have a recommended torque number. After setting the wrench to the required torque specification, attach the socket to the socket size of your wheel bolts.

Then, tighten the wheel bolts a quarter turn at a time following the crisscross sequence (in a “star” pattern). This ensures that each bolt is forced evenly. Failure to tighten the bolts in this crisscross sequence will cause a misalignment of the spacer. With a standard click-style torque wrench, twist the bottom knob until you screw the handle to the appropriate torque, you can feel a click around the head of the wrench.

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How Often Should I Torque My Wheel Spacers?

You should also re-torque your new wheel spacers after the first 50 to 100 driving miles. This is necessary due to the chance of thermal stresses and to prevent the lugs from backing off during that period. Check the wheel spacer lug torque. By torquing each wheel bolt to the proper torque specification, we can assure your new wheel spacers are properly seated on the vehicle for safe operation.

If you cannot find the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended torque spec, you can use the following as a guide:

  • M12: 110 – 130NM, Reference 113NM (83.3 Ft-tb). Steel wheels and aluminum wheels are the same.
  • M14: 180 – 201NM, Reference 181NM (133.5 Ft-tb) for steel wheels and 140NM (103.5 Ft-tb) for aluminum wheels.

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