We all have seen a car with the perfect stance in the automotive scene. You look at it and question the level of perfection you are seeing. The only thing you want is that look on your project car. Excited and intrigued, you lower your car and buy new rims hoping that you will have what you desire. But life isn’t fair and you find out your most wanted fitment is off by a few millimeters. This is the moment when you look into your bled out bank account and cry. But you aren’t a quitter, so you log into YouTube and find out that,
“The cheapest solution to your problem would be spacers.”
Wheel spacers are primarily designed to increase the distance between the wheel itself and the interior of a vehicle’s wheel well. However, they are also used as adapters to allow vehicles to take wheels with different lug patterns than the one they were originally equipped with. Therefore allowing Spacers to be the greatest life hack ever created by mankind.
Spacers are the cheapest way to get the perfect fitment. Even though this statement has the potential to ignite a war in the community, but hear me out. Most people usually invest on one cast rims, and if you are the one who got yourself stuck in the clutches of rims with 35-40mm offset, then getting the perfect fender fit is tough. Considering all cars to be stubborn like a mule, there is always a lot of poking in and out for the desired look. Even if you get three piece rims, the chances of making a mistake with the measurements still exist. So when you happily come back home with your 2000 dollars rims, don’t be sad if you notice you are a few millimeters off. In this situation most people will tell you to get another set of rims, but that just won’t be viable. Hence getting a good set of spacers would be your best option.
However, like all of man’s creation there are drawbacks. If you manage to get yourself a set of cheap EBay spacers the chances of facing problems are very high. Some of these spacers can have an improper balance of mold. As fancy as it sounds, the consequences faced isn’t that nice as it causes a lot of issues with your tires and rotation. If you are really unlucky, then sometimes spacers can go through warping due to intense heat. In simpler words the spacer melts and solidifies causing you to become Thor and sledge hammer it out. Not a good position to be in. Furthermore, the ones that come with a whole lug bolt, can crack under pressure. They also have slight play as it compromises the geometry of the suspension, making the car ride very uncomfortable.
The last issue that I would point out with spacers is very rare as it can be considered to be a human error. The spacers that bolt on to the factory studs require a certain amount of torque to keep it firm in place. However, if one somehow fails to do that, then on one fine drive you can expect to see your wheel leaving you and your car for a long walk.
Yes, all the problems mentioned can make you think twice about buying spacers, but trust me they aren’t that bad. If you spend your money on getting a good set of spacers from a reputed brand, then you won’t even have to worry about most of the issues. Also as technology improves, more Spacers with grooves and indents are being produced to keep them firm in place. Hence more safety. But one point that you should always keep in mind when buying spacers is that 5 to 15mm are safe but if you go beyond, it would be nothing but gambling your life away.