Wheel spacers are metal plates designed to be fitted between a vehicle’s wheel and hub assembly. This pushes the wheel further away from the hub, increasing the vehicle’s track width. This can help to improve handling, stability and the overall appearance of the vehicle.
What are hub-centric wheel spacers, what do they do and do you need them on your vehicle?
What are hub-centric wheel spacers?
Hub-centric wheel spacers are a type of wheel spacer that is designed to fit snugly onto the hub of a vehicle. The centre hole of the wheel spacer will exactly match the diameter of the hub, ensuring that the weight of the vehicle is distributed evenly across the entire hub and wheel assembly.
What do hub-centric wheel spacers do?
Wheel hub spacers can serve a variety of functions on commercial vehicles. Firstly, they widen the track of a vehicle, which can improve stability and handling. This can be particularly useful when carrying heavy loads. This added stability can help to reduce the risk of accidents on larger vehicles, making it a popular modification for trucks and trailers.
Wheel hub spacers can also help to distribute the weight of the vehicle more evenly across the wheel assembly. This can reduce the load on individual components, such as the wheel bearings and suspension, and improve their overall performance and durability.
Wheel-hub spacers can help to reduce wear and tear, minimising the risk of premature parts failure and the need for replacement.
Do I need hub-centric wheel spacers?
If you have hub-centric wheels that are designed to fit exactly onto the hub of your vehicle, then you should not need hub-centric wheel spaces. However, if you have lug-centric wheels, that are centred on the wheel studs rather than the hub, then hub-centric spacers may be helpful.
In such cases, hub-centric wheel spaces should help to ensure the correct fitment of the wheel spacers and prevent vibrations. Hub-centric wheel spacers will generally be more desirable on larger vehicles where better performance and handling are required.
If you have any questions about the use of hub-centric wheel spacers, then it’s advisable to contact a professional mechanic.
Are hub-centric wheel spacers safe?
When correctly fitted, hub-centric wheel spacers can help to improve the stability and handling of a vehicle by ensuring that wheels are centred precisely on the hub. This reduces the risk of wobbling, vibrations, and other issues that can ultimately compromise safety.
By providing a more even distribution of weight across the wheel assembly, hub-centric wheel spaces can reduce the stress placed on individual components such as the wheel bearings and suspension. This can increase the durability of components and reduce the risk of accidents and breakdowns.
Hub-centric wheel spacers should be fitted by a professional mechanic to ensure their safety and optimum performance.
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