Generally, hub-centric wheel spacers provide many advantages without harming your vehicle. By moving the wheel outward from the hub assembly, they prevent the bigger tires from contacting the inner wheel arch. Moreover, larger brakes are often required more space to fit. Thus, it is necessary to utilize hub-centric wheel spacers or to upgrade to aftermarket wheels with more backspacing. However, aftermarket wheels often require more time and budget to get the right setup. In this case, a set of quality hub-centric wheel spacers can easily maximize wheel fitment with a very friendly budget. Since they add additional width for the wheel track, your vehicle becomes more stable and comfortable. However, not all wheel spacers are the same. If you’ve ever shopped for wheel spacers, you’ve probably come across the terms “hub-centric” and “lug-centric”. Whether a wheel spacer is ‘hub-centric’ or ‘lug-centric’ depends on how the spacer fits onto the vehicle.
Why Hub-centric Wheel Spacers Are Better?
Hub-centric wheel spacers are designed with center rings that fit perfectly the axle and the space inside the center bore of the wheel. In this way, the wheel is centered by the hub connection and the lugs can hold it flush against the mounting plate. In a hub-centric design, this connection will bear the weight of the vehicle. Most originally equipped wheels, as well as many aftermarket versions, will be hub-centric. Because most people believe hub-centric connection provides the best ride quality.
Another type is the lug-centric wheel spacer. Lug-centric means the wheel is centered by the lug nuts instead of the axle. Lug-centric wheel spacers are made with larger hub diameters to fit a wide range of vehicles. Therefore, when installed, there usually is a space between the axle and wheel instead of a complete contact. However, many customers claim that lug-centric spacers cause a degraded driving experience and could even fail depending on driving conditions.
A good way to ensure safety is to get hub-centric wheel spacers which will add strength and provide a better driving experience. Hub-centric wheel spacers allow the wheel to better support the vehicle’s weight and fill the gap for a more tight fit, providing the minimum chance of vibration. BONOSS wheel spacers come with better multi-stage hub-centric rings. The hub-centric metal ring is machined to be multi-layers, the bevels fit for the corresponding hub flange, which eliminates any possible gaps. Sometimes the axle protrusion may stick out the hub centric lip of the spacer by a few millimeters. In this case, the hubcentric lip of the spacers will rub against the wheel mounting plate. Then you need to change to wheel spacers with thinner hub-centric lips. BONOSS thin hubcentric design ensures that the wheel spacers better fit the hub flange as well as further improve the lightweight effect.