The basic function of wheel spacers is to provide extra space between the wheels and hub assembly. This is helpful to avoid tire rubbing when upgrading to aftermarket suspension components. Perfect size wheel spacers make a difference in friction reduction and handling enhancement. But things are not immutable. Whether you would like to change the brakes, coilovers, or tires, it seems that you need to remove the spacers.
Your wheel spacers must be in excellent condition so that your wheels fit on them tightly and don’t loosen. Once they don’t fit perfectly, you may experience shaking or vibration. And if you have poor-quality casting spacers installed, due to wear and tear, they become weak. Whatever it is, you need high-quality spacers to eliminate any potential risks. At this point, learning about how to replace wheel spacers and how to choose new rims will be useful for you.
How to Replace Wheel Spacers?
When it comes to brake system replacement, it is necessary to remove the entire wheels and wheel spacers. Removing wheel spacers should not be hard, but a spacer can get stuck due to rust accumulation. In order to make the removal process easier, BONOSS wheel spacers are designed with disassembly grooves. The disassembly grooves mean the small notches which are distributed on the corner of wheel spacers.
This is so practical because the notch leaves a limited clearance between the brake rotor and spacer. When removing the spacer, place a screwdriver into the notch and you can simply apply force at an angle to separate the spacer from the brake rotor. Without such disassembly grooves, you may find it difficult to start. If the spacer stick in the place, by forces effect, it can be difficult to dismount. Even worse, you will damage the spacers or axle hub.
How to Choose New Wheel Spacers?
The accuracy of the wheel spacers is important and relates directly to whether the spacers can perform well. In short words, the higher the precision, the better the performance. The amount of tolerance reflects the precision. BONOSS wheel spacers are CNC machined, precision at 0.02mm tolerance. This improves the fit and functionality of spacers. Since spacers are components that contact with other parts, you absolutely need tight-tolerance ones.
The material of the wheel spacers is also correlated to how well the spacers are in daily use. Forged aluminum alloys are used for applications where you need speed and good performance, such as for racing vehicles. A forged aluminum spacer is good at heat dissipation and resistant to corrosion. When aluminum contacts the air, it forms a layer of oxide which renders it non-reactive with elements that are corrosive to the underlying metal. A proper anodizing greatly enhances the anti-rust ability of your wheel spacers.