There is a common misconception that installing spacers on your 4×4 machine isn’t exactly safe. However, off-roading with wheel spacers is safe just as long as you installed top-quality ones properly. People like to bring the wheels outward to achieve a muscular and powerful look. It’s recommended to keep the wheels within an ideal width, then you won’t meet rub problems. Bolt-on wheel spacers, to some extent, are safer and more reliable than other spacers. They come with two sets of bolts. The spacer is bolted on the vehicle hub and following the wheel is installed on the spacers. This ensures a firm hub-spacer-wheel connection which is ultimately important for 4×4 vehicles. If you plan to use wheel spacers on off-road events, you must avoid the cheap casting spacers. Always stick with quality and correct operation, you are good to go.
What Wheel Spacers Are Better for Off-road?
The most common off-road wheel spacers we can find on the market are steel spacers and aluminum spacers. Steel wheel spacers are very strong and durable. However, they are commonly heavy which makes steering slightly more difficult. Due to natural oxidation, steel wheel spacers have a higher tendency to corrode. Although this can be prevented by coating the spacer in a black oxide coat or others, the cost will rise, meaning they are also very expensive. On the other hand, aluminum wheel spacers are lightweight with exceptional strength. Due to the properties of aluminum alloys, aluminum off-road wheel spacers are protected by their own naturally occurring oxide film, which brings them incredibly resistant to corrosion. Well-produced aluminum wheel spacers will promote durability and even lighter weight.
BONOSS off-road wheel spacers are made of the highest quality forged 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 aluminum. Both forged Aluminum 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 feature good hardness and toughness, excellent corrosion resistance, and wear resistance characteristics. They perform well as tensile strength is up to 572 Mpa and the yield strength is up to 503 Mpa. Particularly, the forging process eliminates the porosity, ensuring structural integrity. Even facing impacts, they are not easy to break. The continuous forging adds superior mechanical and physical properties created by heat and pressure. They are high strength for safety and security, very suitable for long-term applications.
How to Properly Install Off-road Wheel Spacers?
Installing wheel spacers for off-road is quite simple. However, to ensure safety, you have to torque every single lug nut for your vehicle. Only if they are properly tightened to the correct spec will these wheel spacers work well. Although many people use an impact wrench to tighten the lug nuts quickly, there is a high chance that the lug nuts will loosen and end up warping the brake rotors. At the final step, always apply a torque wrench to torque these off-road wheel spacers to correct torque value. Over-torquing or under-torquing can be very dangerous. After driving for about 50 to 100 kilometers, it is always a good idea to inspect the lug nuts and retorque them.