ALLOY WHEEL SPACERS
"Is it a myth? Can we really use wheel spacers to adjust the offset of our car? Any good? How safe is it? How can i use it? Will it widen my vehicle's track?"
Above, you see the most common questions we have received so far (and still receiving)through our website on this topic. Seems like we have found another gray area that needs to be clearified for you.
OK! Let's start with the definition.
A wheel spacer can be described as a circular metal plate having a bolt hole circle and center bore and fitting between the faces of disc wheels to provide additional clearance.
So, what is it for?
They are actually designed for fitting big offset rims to a vehicle which originally requires lower offset rims.
A common application of spacers is for Peugeot and Citroen vehicles.As we have mentioned in our wheel offset page, these two car makes require lower offset alloy wheels unlike other major brands like Honda,Ford,VW and Fiat.And if you do not get the correct offset for these two makes, you will have problems with the fitment,handling and so on.
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You need to find alloy wheels with 15-25 offset.Even if you match the bolt pattern, if your new wheels have 30 maybe 40 offset, they will get closer to the suspension of the car and start to scrub on the components.This ofcourse will cause major problems on your vehicle.
That's where the spacers step in! To fit a bigger offset rim on your car, you will need an additional clearance between your wheels and suspension system.What a wheel spacer will do is,when you place it on the hub of your vehicle, it will naturally give you the clearance you need to fit your aftermarket wheels.
Of course, you need to know what size of spacers you should buy for your vehicle as there is a wide range of sizes available in the market. Depending on the specs of your car and application
you can find sizes from 3 mm all the way to 60 mm.
A CASE STUDY|
Let's say you own a Peugeot 206 and you have found a great set of 14 inch alloy wheels for it.The seller says they are 4x108 bolt pattern and centre bore size is 65.1.
Perfect for your car,so far!
But then you have learned that new wheels are 38 offset.What is going to happen now? Will they fit?
No,they will not fit.Altough the rim size, bolt pattern and centre bore size seems OK, offset value is a no-no.
Start with checking your car specs and see what your requirements are as we did below for this example.
Specs of Peugeot 206 year 2004:
As you can see the offset you require is 28 which is nowhere near what your new alloy wheels have. You will need to need a clearance between your suspension system and wheels.As the new wheels have an offset of 38 and your car requires 28 offset, you should be reduce the offset by 10 mm.
So by buying a set of four (one per each wheel) 10 mm. spacers, you can reduce the new wheels offset size down to 28 which will be suitable for your Peugeot 206.
Do not get confused! With 10 mm. spacers and 38 offset new alloy wheels, you might think that makes 48 offset.It may sound strange, but actually it is the other way round.Spacers are widening the track but meanwhile they decrease the offset value of the new wheels. So a 38 mm. offset wheel with a 10mm spacer makes it a 28 mm. offset wheel, not a 48 mm.
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