Are Wheel Spacers Safe?

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Safe:

If properly installed, high-quality wheel spacers are very safe. However, having wheels that aren’t covered by the fenders or wheel wells could also be illegal in your locality. These vehicle codes are designed to forestall the likelihood of rocks and debris striking other drivers or pedestrians. Check your local laws to determine what the regulations say.

As mentioned above, wheel spacers can even wear out suspension parts more quickly. This may be detrimental within the long-term but isn’t inherently unsafe.

Sometimes, wheel spacers can cause your tires to rub on the opposite edge. Rather than the tire’s inner edge hitting the fender flare, the border can rub. This relies on the form of your wheel wells. If your tires are rubbing even after installing spacers, that’s a problem that can’t be ignored.

 

Wheel Spacer vs Wheel Adapter:

Wheel spacers and wheel adapters sound similar and are related in many ways. Wheel spacers are wont to move a wheel outwards. This can be in dire straits performance and magnificence reasons. Wheel adapters also function spacers, thanks to the character of their design. However, they add another benefit by changing the lug nut pattern of a wheel. This is often done to permit a vehicle’s owner to urge new wheels of their choice.

For example, someone with four-lug wheels might use a five-lug wheel adapter. Or they may change their five-bolt pattern from a 5×4.5 to a 5×5. This can allow them to put in aftermarket wheels that otherwise wouldn’t fit.

Though each offers a unique benefit, wheel spacers and adapters are sometimes combined into one product. For an analogous price to regular wheel spacers, you’ll get a wheel spacer adapter kit. This can space your wheels and allow you to change the bolt pattern in one fell swoop.

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