Are Wheel Adapters/Spacers Safe?

wheel-adapter-safetyAre Wheel Spacers and Adapters Safe?

It goes without saying that any time you’re putting an aftermarket part on your car, safety should be of the utmost concern.  Your family, friends, and, of course, yourself will be riding in your vehicle. You can’t drive with complete confidence if you’re uncertain of your wheel adapters and automobile’s safety.

Considering purchasing wheel adapters?  Here are some things you should keep in mind:

  • Installation.  You already know the risks that could happen if you get new tires that are put on incorrectly, right?  This theory holds true for your wheel adapters, too.  Proper installation is paramount to ensuring the safety of your vehicle, and if this is new to you, this not the best place to start on a DIY project.  Seek out a professional mechanic if you’re not sure how to install the adapters yourself.  If you want to try your hand at the installation, there are plenty of online resources to show you how.  Take a look at your car’s factory torque settings to get the best results.  You should be able to find this information on the sticker inside the driver’s side door.
  • Quality.  Quality means everything in any major purchase, but some people don’t consider wheel adapters a major purchase.  If that’s you, think again!  The majority of people would trade a beautiful house or their dream car for a healthy and happy family.  While you may not consider a simple wheel adapter to be a major purchase, the fact is, lower quality means lower safety. Don’t skimp on price and end up with unsafe low quality adapters.

Quality is a huge deal when it comes to the parts you add to your car.  You’ll want to look for materials made from aircraft-grade aluminum.  This ensures strength and safety as well as a high resistance to corrosion.  When you find a reputable shop, you’ll find that they use 6061-T6 aluminum adapters. If the shop you’re buying from can’t confidently say that it uses metal fit for an aircraft, you should probably find the nearest exit.

  • Authenticity.  Purchasing your products from an assembly line could potentially save you money, but what does it mean in the long run?  Spending money on mass produced products is different than buying custom parts. Custom parts typically come from small businesses and are individually made parts designed to meet your specifications.  Small businesses have the capability to understand what you have, what you need, and how to get you what you’re looking for.  Don’t overlook small businesses that can custom-design around your needs in favor of cheaper products that may actually cost you more money and damage in the end.  This attention to quality and detail are what make custom spacers and adapters safe.
  • Purpose.  When you’re shopping for wheel adapters, make sure that the shop you’re buying from can meet your needs.  Obviously, there’s a difference between a Chevy and a Volkswagen, and there’s a difference between a three-wheeler and a four-wheeler.  While the wheels may appear similar (or identical) at first glance, the reality is that they’re all unique, and the adapters that are meant for your vehicle are equally as special.  Keep in mind the purpose of your purchase.  If you’re in the market for adapters that you will eventually attach to a large truck, you won’t be safe if you cut corners with a product that’s not meant for your purpose.  Large trucks are intended for a much larger haul (obviously) than small cars, so trying to keep cheap with the incorrect adapters will end in very disappointing results.

Are wheel adapters safe? — as long as you take the appropriate safety precautions.  Avoid buying cheap products because you may ultimately pay much more in the long run.  Authentic shops that are able to customize to your needs can provide products made with genuine quality and help you avoid mass-produced messes.

Have some more questions?  Contact US Wheel Adapters, and let them help you get on your way!

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Author: Doug