Are Wheel Spacers A Good Idea for Mercedes-Benz S400 W223-xu (1)

What Size Do I Need for Wheel Spacer? How to Measure the Size of Wheel Spacers?

Just use a straight edge such as a metal ruler, place the straight edge on the outermost part of the rims where the wheel comes closest to the fender (preferably the top), then, measure from the outside wheel to the straight edge. This distance is the size spacer you will need to achieve the look that flushes or nearly flushes with the fender line. Too thin, you will still have wheel/caliper interference. Too thick, and your tires will hit the fenders. With the right size of spacers, you can get the perfect look of your vehicle.

How to Measure Wheel Spacers for Mercedes-Benz G550-xu (2)

How to Measure Wheel Spacers for Mercedes-Benz G550-xu (3)

The Effect on Handling after Installing Wheel Spacers

With the installation of wheel spacers on the front wheels, the Mercedes-Benz G550 has an increased front positive scrub radius. The larger turning radius means improved stability when cornering, but it also means a slight change in driving experience for the driver when cornering, with some feedback that the change in driving experience is slight and some feedback that the steering wheel needs to be handled harder. Of course, vehicles nowadays may not feel the changes brought by wheel spacers with the help of an electronic steering assistance systems. The positive scrub radius is only for cars with wheel spacers installed on the front wheels, as most vehicles do not have a steering function on the rear wheels.

Is Track Wider the Better?

“The axle track is the distance between the hub flanges on an axle. Wheel track, track width or simply track refers to the distance between the centerline of two wheels on the same axle. In the case of an axle with dual wheels, the centerline of the dual wheel assembly is used for the wheel track specification. Axle and wheel tracks are commonly measured in millimeters or inches.”

How to Measure Wheel Spacers for Mercedes-Benz G550-xu (6)

The proper widening of the track will indeed help the vehicle’s road passability, but it is inevitable that some cars that do not have a strong chassis structure are not suitable for using too thick wheel spacers, and installing the wrong thickness of wheel spacers on the car will increase the leverage of the wheel bearings. Too thick wheel spacers will shorten the life of the wheel bearings. This is why using wheel spacers requires choosing the right thickness for the specific vehicle. You cannot compare an off-road vehicle with a reinforced chassis to a normal car. An off-road vehicle may choose wheel spacers that are 30mm-50mm or thicker, but the same thickness is obviously not suitable for some cars. To better provide you with the right wheel spacers, please contact our customer service staff for professional advice.