How to Install Bolt-On Wheel Spacers

How to Install Bolt-On Wheel Spacers

So you’ve got your new bolt-on wheel spacers. What's next? Your bolt-on wheel spacers should be used when the offset of the wheel is not ideal for your tire. They are the perfect solution for a better stance and more aggressive look, improved wheel and tire spacing, fixed brake caliper clearance issues, and inner fender and suspension clearance.

Before You Start

Installation by a professional technician is highly recommended. These instructions will serve as a general guide for bolt-on wheel spacer installation and are not specific to your vehicle. Installation of any component or system should only be performed by those with proper training and experience.

01 Bolt-On Wheel Spacer Fitment Checklist

Before installing your new spacers, be sure the following specifications match with your vehicle and wheel application. From left to right: (1) Vehicle Bolt Pattern, (2) Wheel Bolt Pattern, (3) Thread Size, (4) Spacer Thickness, and (5) Center Bore.

Bolt-On Wheel Spacer Fitment Checklist

Need help verifying fitment? Contact a Driven Products Fitment Specialist for help verifying fitment prior to installation.

02 Remove Wheels

On a clean, solid, and level surface, lift and support your vehicle using the proper tools. Be sure to use jack stands, set parking brake, block wheels, and wear proper protective equipment. Then, remove wheel nuts/bolts and wheel. This step should be performed by a qualified person in accordance to vehicle manufacturer guidelines.

03 Prepare for Wheel Spacer Installation

Clean the surface where the wheel spacer will be mounted. Then, clean the back of the wheel as well. When applicable to your specific vehicle application, remove the rotor/drum retainer clips. Be sure to remove all rust and corrosion with a wire brush. All surfaces must be clean so the wheel spacer sits perfectly flat on the vehicle mounting surface. If surface is not clean, wheel vibration will occur.

04 Place Wheel Spacer

Place the wheel spacer on the hub of the car (where the wheel was attached) making sure that the spacer sits flush against the vehicle hub mounting surface. Install the spacer by first finger tightening the supplied open end lug nuts in a star or criss cross pattern until you cannot hand tighten anymore. Refer to the Wheel Torque Sequence Chart to determine proper pattern and sequence for your installation. Do not use any tools for this step. If the lugs cannot be turned by hand, stop installation and contact us.

05 Secure Wheel Spacer

Refer to the Minimum Thread Engagement Chart. Once all lugs have been tightened to meet minimum thread engagement and your wheel spacer is sitting flush against the mating surface, use a calibrated torque wrench to torque the lugs to vehicle manufacturer specifications in a star or criss cross pattern.

06 Place Wheel

Place the wheel onto the wheel spacer. Match the bolt circle of the wheel to that of the wheel spacer. The wheel must make full contact with the mating surface of the wheel spacer. Install your lugs and tighten with your hand in a star or criss cross pattern until you cannot hand tighten anymore. Do not force your lugs on with a wrench. If they cannot be turned by hand, stop installation and contact us.

07 Secure Wheel

Once all lugs have been tightened to meet minimum thread engagement and your wheel is sitting flush against the mating surface, gently lower the vehicle to ground and tighten all lugs to the proper torque specifications shown in your vehicle owner’s manual. A calibrated torque wrench is required for this step. Apply torque evenly by repeating the star or criss cross pattern until the desired torque is reached.

08 Spacer Lug Torque Check

Once your installation is complete, drive the vehicle for 10 miles, then remove the wheels (See Step 2). Check wheel spacer lugs by torquing them to vehicle manufacturer specifications (See Step 5). If the wheel spacer lugs move at all when torqued to vehicle manufacturer specifications, this step will need to be completed again after another 10 miles of driving. Do this as many times as necessary for your wheels and wheel spacers to seat properly. Check torque again at 100 miles. Failure to follow this step can cause damage to your wheel spacer and/or wheel studs.

Pro Tip: If your wheel spacer lugs require re-torquing more than once, it’s likely that installation was not completed correctly. If this occurs, we recommend removing your wheel spacers and ensuring that all mating surfaces are properly cleaned (See Step 3).

09 Post Installation Checklist

The following safety checklist should be completed after your installation. This checklist is not intended to replace the installation guide above. Instead, we’ve included this checklist to help ensure major safety points were checked before, during, and after the installation process. If any item was not performed on the checklist, please consult your installer or contact Driven Products.

  1. Bolt-on wheel spacers are verified to be the correct fitment for your vehicle and wheel application, including vehicle bolt pattern, wheel bolt pattern, spacer thread size, wheel spacer thickness, and center bore.
  2. The lugs used for installation meet minimum thread engagement.
  3. All threads, studs, and mounting surfaces are free from rust, corrosion, fractures, lubricant, etc.
  4. Air impact wrenches were not used to install the lugs.
  5. All lugs are tightened to the proper torque specification with a calibrated torque wrench.
  6. All lugs have been re-torqued after the first 10 miles or driving.
  7. All lugs have been re-torqued after the first 100 miles or driving.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are wheel spacers safe to use?

Yes, if fitment is correct and they are installed properly. Installation by a professional technician is highly recommended.

What are the benefits of wheel spacers?

There are many benefits to installing wheel spacers. The most popular benefits include: (1) improved handling, (2) better stance, (3) more aggressive look, (4) improved wheel and tire spacing, (5) fixed brake caliper clearance issues, and (6) fixed inner fender and suspension clearance issues.

Should I use anti seize on wheel spacers?

It's okay to apply a light coat of anti seize to the mating surfaces. Mainly on the hub face and around the hub. However, it is not okay to apply anti seize, or any kind of lubricant, on lugs or studs. In fact, it's actually very dangerous. Anti seize will serve as a lubricant, significantly lowering the friction between the threads of the lug and the stud causing clamping force to be much higher than the parts were designed to withstand resulting from innacurate torque readings. This may cause the studs to stretch or break.

In short, you should never, ever, ever use lubricant of any kind on lugs or studs.

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