Wheel spacers are an automobile accessory that is mounted between a car’s wheels and hub. The hub is the part of the car where a wheel is normally attached. Sometimes when a person installs a new set of wheels it’s hard for them to fit properly onto their vehicle. The wheels might have an offset (wrong alignment) against the hub and sit too to close to the hub. Wheels that are positioned directly against the hub will rub against this part of the vehicle and damage both parts.
Wheel spacers are also used with brake kits that have large sized parts. When a motorist adds a big brake kit onto their vehicle, chances are the spokes of the wheel will scrape up against the new brake caliper. In order to avoid this type of situation a motorist will need to add a wheel spacer.
Wheel spacers are also designed to push wheels out from a vehicle’s tire wells in order to give it a more forceful look which is useful on some types of automobiles. Wheel spacers can increase a vehicle’s mobility and handling when taking corners. This is the same type of effect that larger sized wheels have on a vehicle.
There are two basic types of spacers and they include universal and car vehicle models. Universal wheel spacers are built for different types of vehicles but they might not align properly on some type of automobiles. Vehicle specific models are exclusively made for the particular bolt pattern on a vehicle’s wheel. Aluminum wheel spacers are one of a few different kinds of alloys that are used to make this type of product. There are also different brands of wheel spacers and Eibach Pro Spacers is one type.
An automobile owner must make sure that they’re using the right type of wheel spacers for their car. Some wheel spacer kits will require a vehicle owner to purchase specific bolts and studs in order to get the proper alignment on their vehicle. Ultimately, wheel spacers improve a vehicle’s handling and appearance and they reduce wear and tear on parts.