Do you own a Volkswagen with wheel spacers? Or are you thinking about adding wheel spacers to your VW? If your answer to either question is “yes”, then this buyer’s guide is for you. Here, you’ll find 3 of the most frequently asked questions Volkswagen owners have about wheel spacers.
What are Wheel Spacers?
Basically, wheel spacers are round aluminum discs that are inserted in-between the wheels and the rotors. People install wheel spacers on their cars to move the wheels and tires outwards. This widens the vehicle’s track, which improves its handling in the following ways:
- Reduced body roll
- Improved lateral grip
- Faster acceleration coming out of a corner
Take a look at this article for a more thorough explanation of wheel spacers and how they improve your car's handling.
How to Know if Your Wheel Spacers are Broken
Since wheel spacers aren’t moving parts, they should last forever. However, wheel spacers can still fail if they’re not built or installed correctly. If you notice one of your tires wobbling on the road, there may be something wrong with one of your wheel spacers. In that case, you need to immediately inspect your wheel spacers. This guide walks you through the process of thoroughly inspecting your wheel spacers.
How to Install Wheel Spacers on Your Volkswagen
You don’t have to bring your Volkswagen to a shop to install wheel spacers. You can certainly do it at home with the right tools. It is critical that you use a torque wrench. The process is pretty straightforward: lift your VW, remove the wheels, install the wheel spacers, and then mount the wheels. There are plenty of tutorials floating around the web. We put together one for Volkswagen Jettas here.
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