Wheel spacers provide many benefits to your vehicle. For example, clearing suspension clearance issues after mounting bigger wheels and tires. There are plenty of reasons to add larger tires on your street or off-roading machine. Better steering experience and more grip power, beefy tires to match your big truck, better ability to roll over obstacles are the most popular benefits. Spacers for rims allow you to safely install larger and wider tires than would otherwise fit on your vehicle by increasing clearance between the wheel and its hub assembly. In addition, pushing your wheels out to a certain distance allows you to add a bigger brake kit without rubbing the wheel. Mounting a wheel farther from your car’s hub increases traction, and also gives your vehicle a more rugged and strong look, highlighting its performance or off-road status.
Wheel spacer: hub centric vs lug centric
Rim spacers are used to widen the stance of your cars, trucks, or SUVs. Whether bolt-on spacers or slip-on spacers are available in two designs, hub centric and lug centric. Hub centric wheel spacers pilot by the center bore of the vehicle hub. This means they center on the hub of the vehicle while simulating the piloting lip on the face side. Besides, according to the size of the hub centric lip, they transform lug centric wheels into hub centric wheels. Lug centric would mean they are centered only by the lug nuts. For some special hub assembly, lug centric spacers are just fit enough. However, most vehicles need hub centric wheel spacers to create a strong hub-spacer-wheel connection. If your car has not come with any special hub assembly design, then we recommend hub-centric spacers rather than lug-centric spacers.
Wheel adapter: bolt pattern conversion
Unlike spacers, wheel adapters will change the bolt pattern of your vehicle. Tires that are wider set create a bold look distinguishing your vehicle from the crowd. But the difference in bolt pattern prevents you from installing these wheels properly. Adding custom adapter plate for rims allows you to add wheels you want, whatever the bolt pattern. They are bolted onto the axle in the bolt pattern of your vehicle hub, and the wheel then attaches to the adapter in wheel lug pattern, making the wheel with a different bolt pattern fit your car safely. BONOSS carries a variety of adapters in any bolt pattern conversion you want (e.g., 6×5.5″ to 5×5″ wheel adapters, 6×5.5″ to 5×5.5″ wheel adapters, chevy 5×5 to 6 lug adapter), with a range of sizes that grant up to 2 inches of clearance from the wheel hub.
What kind of wheel spacers should you use?
Wheel spacers come in two main materials: steel and aluminum. The steel tends to be stronger but is also heavier. It is normally used by machines with massive power that can deal with the weight without slowing down. Aluminum alloy gives just as much strength, with a lighter weight than steel. For your car upgrades, aluminum wheel spacers are just enough for either daily use or off-roading events. Since quality is a crucial part of wheel spacer safety, BONOSS only uses high-grade forged 6061-T6 or 7075-T6 billet aluminum alloy material for higher performance and safety. After the forged process, the structural strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance are improved greatly: Tensile Strength≥310Mpa (AL6061-T6), Tensile Strength≥572Mpa (AL7075-T6), Yield Strength≥275Mpa (AL6061-T6), Yield Strength≥503Mpa (AL7075-T6). BONOSS carries both kinds of spacers from our independent production department, establishing itself as the leading source for performance parts and off-roading accessories.