What do Lexus LX600 wheel spacers do? Are LX600 spacers safe? How to choose wheel spacers for LX600 Lexus? Lexus has previewed the new LX600 luxury SUV, which will use the same platform as the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 series. The major function of wheel spacers is to push the wheel further out, adding more backspacing and reducing wheel offset. Thereby, when you operate a wheel upgrade mod, the Lexus LX600 spacers will provide many benefits for you. Installing wheel spacers is an easy way of creating the desired space to clear aftermarket wheel offset issues. This added spacing is necessary for keeping those larger tires for your Lexus LX600 from crashing into the fenders and suspension when operating a full turn. For aesthetic purposes, properly spacing out the wheels makes your LX600 look more dynamic and sportier. (Above pics from https://www.lexus.com/)
Types of Lexus LX600 Wheel Spacers
There are two main types of LX600 wheel spacers that exist on the market: slip-on and bolt-on. Slip-on spacers directly slide over the wheel studs and sandwiched by the wheel and the vehicle hub. Since slip-on LX600 spacers push the wheels further out on the same set of studs the wheels bolted on, this will reduce the amount of stud left for the lug nuts. It is essential to ensure that there is enough thread engagement left for the lug studs. As a rule of thumb, you need at least the same amount of engagement as the width of the stud. For example, an M12x1.5 stud would require at least 12mm of thread engagement to be safe. At a thread pitch of 1.5 mm, this equates to about 8 full turns of the lug nut. If you cannot achieve this, you will need to switch to extended studs to ensure safety. On the other hand, bolt-on wheel LX600 spacers are bolted to the existing studs with the provided lug nuts and then secure the wheel on the spacer with the stock lug nuts. You don’t have to change to new extended wheel studs. Installing this type of spacers will be easier.
LX600 Wheel spacers: hub centric vs lug centric
Choosing safe LX600 wheel spacers is very important. Whether bolt-on spacers or slip-on spacers are available in two designs, hub-centric and lug-centric. Hub-centric LX600 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 spacers would mean they are centered only by the lug nuts. For some special hub assembly, lug-centric spacers may 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. Spacers have existed around for multiple decades, and as long as they are high-quality and installed correctly, there is very little opportunity for wheel spacer failure. After installing LX600 spacers, it is a good idea to double-check whether all lug nuts are tightened to the manufacturer’s specification with a properly calibrated torque wrench. It is always a great idea to regularly inspect torque specs before and after each trip, regardless if you have spacers or not.