Are Wheel Spacers Safe For Trucks?

May 5, 2022

Let's have a quick little chat about something that we get asked from time to time - actually, quite a lot. We get questions all the time about wheel spacers - more specifically, how they work, are they safe, what's the difference between wheel spacers and offset wheels, and so on.

All of these are great questions, and the greater news is that we'll be answering all of them today. Keep reading below to see everything you need to know about wheel spacers and how they operate!

What Are the Most Popular Wheel Spacer Sizes?

Alright, let's talk space - we'll first start with the basics. If you're not familiar, wheel spacers are a machined piece of metal that goes between your hub and/or brake rotor and your wheel, with the primary purpose of taking your wheel and pushing it out further. That's why it's called a spacer, as it puts space between the wheel and the rest of your axle.

These wheel spacers come in a variety of sizes, from just a few millimeters (if you're looking at car fitment) all the way up to several inches if you're a truck guy. Some of the most popular sizes in our inventory usually come in 1-3 inches in width, perfect for widening your stance without making it look too crazy.

2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty with wheel spacers installed

What Materials Are Wheel Spacers Made From?

While materials of wheel spacers may vary by manufacturer, you'll find that most of them are machined from one of two materials - aluminum or steel.

Aluminum spacers are usually a little cheaper than their steel counterparts, but are also going to be weight rated for less than what steel spacers may be rated for - this is because aluminum is by nature a lighter-duty material than steel is.

One quick note here regarding spacer material - if you're gonna get aluminum spacers, make sure that they're finished with either a paint or powder coat. We don't say this because we want you to look cool, even though we do - though powder coat definitely helps the finish on the spacer, it'll also help your spacer from getting bonded to the brake rotors or wheel, which would make it much more difficult to take off later on if you're looking to change out your wheel setup.

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Are Wheel Spacers Safe To Use?

There's always been a debate about whether or not wheel spacers are safe - we don't know about you, but most of us have a story of some buddy who slapped some spacers on his truck and had it shear off when he was ripping down the highway, sending the wheel into the pickers and causing a horrible day.

When it comes to buying wheel spacers, one of the most important things to remember is that you get what you pay for. Trust us here - you can get cheap wheel spacers on sites like eBay, Alibaba, or Wish.com (if you're into that sort of thing), and they'll ship to your door for the approximate cost of a Crunchwrap Supreme.

That cheapness comes with a serious sacrifice in quality though, because cheaper wheel spacers just don't have the research and development or quality of materials that some of the more expensive and trusted wheel spacer brands will. In short, wheel spacers are safe if you get ones from established manufacturers, but your results will vary if you go with just anyone.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with wheel spacers installed

What Are the Best Wheel Spacer Brands?

We know that if you've got your eyes on a new set of wheel spacers, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not there'll be any issues down the line. So, we've taken it upon ourselves to only stock our inventory with spacers from Bora and Stahl. Both are some of the top spacer manufacturers in the business, and we've had nothing but fantastic luck with them.

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Do Wheel Spacers Cause Vibration On The Road?

Another question we get a lot in regards to wheel spacers is whether or not they cause vibrations while driving. The answer to that one is "no."

Easy enough, but of course, there's more to it than that. Again, this comes back to the spacers that you're running - the important thing here is that you want your spacer to be hub-centric, and what that means is that when your spacers are put on the truck, they'll have a little ring that mounts right to the hub. This will take the weight of the truck off the wheel stud, and put some of it back on the hub of the vehicle like it was designed.

If you've ever ran a hub-centric ring on an aftermarket wheel, you'll know exactly what we're talking about here - this transfer of weight significantly increases the weight rating of your spacer and it'll keep your wheel running as it should down the road, ensuring that you don't have any shakes or vibrations.

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Overall, though, it really comes down to this - if you're looking to poke your wheels out a little bit further out of the body of the truck, or you want to flush your stance a bit, then wheel spacers might be just what you need. Our biggest advice here is to do your research, and make sure you're getting a high quality wheel spacer from a company that backs its products. Again, the Bora and Stahl spacers in our inventory are perfect for this - check them out, and let us know if you have any questions before you buy!

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