How To Install Bolt-On Wheel Spacers?

(Last Updated On: January 22, 2021)

Wheel spacers are spacers of metal that fit between the hub of a vehicle and the wheel. Spacers are available in several thicknesses and drive the wheel further away from the axle. These are used to expand the vehicle’s track, resulting in more excellent stability and improved handling, so they are also used on racecars. In a more visually offensive position, wheel spacers may make a car look better by finding the wheel. Two types of spacers exist one type slides onto the axle, while the other type bolts to the vehicle’s wheel studs. There is another set of studs where the wheel mounts into bolt-on spacers.

Step 1

On a level floor, park your car or truck. Loosen the lug nuts, which connect the wheel to the hub. At the
right point, slide a floor jack under the car and jack the car up. Lower the vehicle to the jack stand. Repeat this process on a jack stand until all four corners are supported.

Step 2

Finish with the lug nuts out. Off the hub, slide the wheels and set them out of the way. Spray the degreaser on the lug studs and use a rag to clean them down. Then using a wire brush to clean up the threads if they are filthy. Wipe down the area of the hub where the wheel is mounted, too.

Step 3

If it is not the bolt-on style, slip the wheel spacer onto the studs. Line up the holes with the wheel studs in the spacer and then drop the spacer over the studs until it is securely seated against the hub. Some vehicles (for example, BMWs) use lug bolts that thread into the corner. Line up the spacer with the holes in the seat in this situation.

Step 4

Place the wheel spacer, whether it is a bolt-on wheel spacer, on the studs. On the studs, mount the lug nuts so that the spacer is bolted to the hub. The bolts would come with the spacer, but they are also available at auto parts shops if they are not with the spacer. To the requirements outlined in the instructions, tighten the nuts that keep the spacer in place. It’s probably going to be about 90 foot-pounds.

Step 5

Slide the wheel onto the studs of the lug so that the spacer rests tightly against it. With the lug wrench, mount the lug nuts (or lug bolts) and tighten them. For the other corners of the car, repeat.

Step 6

Slide the floor jack under the car and raise the vehicle, so it is possible to remove the jack stands—lower the car, one corner at a time, to the ground.

Tighten up the lug nuts in a crisscross, star pattern with a torque wrench. Tighten them to the manufacturer’s recommended setting, which, depending on the vehicle, should be anywhere from 70 to 90 foot-pounds. After the car has been pushed 100 miles, check the tightness of the lug nuts.



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