Are Wheel Spacers Safe and Legal?

The age old question, " ARE WHEEL SPACERS SAFE ? "

In terms of safety ... YES and NO
There are multiple factors that can make wheel spacers perfectly safe, and allow you to drive on them all day, every day - on a daily driver, on a track car, on a Sunday cruiser etc. Its all in the preparation before purchasing said Wheel Spacers and proper installation, follow these steps and there are no downside to wheel spacers. All of my points below pertain to BOLT ON wheel spacers, slip on style are a whole different discussion.

 

1. Ensure you are buying a QUALITY BUILT spacer.

There are a lot of cheap spacers on the market that are low quality material - this can be hard to source out, however I will say that manufacturing techniques, and materials have come a long way over the past 10 years, and failures are typically not caused to poor quality materials.

 

2. Buy HUBCENTRIC Wheel Spacers.

The biggest mistake I see, if people aimlessly choosing a wheel spacer thinking they're universal. Wheel spacers need to be the proper size to fit your vehicle. Match the hub bore (or center bore), as well as the thread pitch on the hardware of the vehicle - two VERY IMPORTANT factors.

 

3. Make sure they are INSTALLED CORRECTLY - see the common issues below:

               a. First off, when installing the spacer you need to ensure the spacer sits flush on the hub of the vehicle. If the spacer doesn't sit flush, your hub bore is incorrect, there is corrasion build up that needs to be cleaned off, or there is a foreign object in the way. Any of these situations can cause catastrophic failure.
              b. Secondly, make sure you anti-seize the hub and/or back of the wheel spacer for future removal - this will save you a headache down the road.

             c. Anti-seize the factory lug nuts, and torque down to the appropriate torque rating - suggestion is factory torque spec. If you're worried about having them loosen up over time, don't be afraid to add a small drop of BLUE LOCKTITE, or any removable thread locker.

            d. Ensure your wheel fits FLUSH onto the hub of the spacer. I've seen countless installs where the wheel sits on the factory studs that poke through the wheel spacer, this causes unnecessary stress on the spacer, and will cause vibration and again - ultimately lead to catastrophic failure.

 

4. Ensure to torque your wheels

Torque your wheels to the appropriate rating, typically 80-90 ft/lbs, (Depending on spacer and vehicle), and RETORQUE wheels after 150km/100miles of driving.

 

If you follow these 4 rules, you will undoubtedly have no issues running wheel spacers. Just make sure you're not too thick of a wheel spacer, make sure you have fender clearance and most importantly, be safe!
We have customers who have been running STATUS PERFORMANCE Wheel Spacers for years, through the climates of Canada, Snow, Salt, Ice, Heat, with no issues! Customers who track and autocross their car, who put them through vigorous conditions, and have nothing but great things to say about the quantity and performance of them.