There is a lot of controversy about the usefulness of wheel spacers. Car owners argue all the time whether they should be installed or not. Even though some might not like the look of the car with spacers, this upgrade has some apparent advantages.
The benefits of using wheel spacers on Dodge Durango
If you want to get custom wheels for your car, installing wheel spacers is a necessity. They will create some extra space between wheel hub unit and the wheel itself. It will lengthen the lifespan of tires and help distribute the weight of the car evenly on all four wheels. It makes the handling of the vehicle easier and more precise.
Also, spacers can fix the wheel offset. Say, you want to swap your lug-centric rims with hub centric rings. Sometimes they can not fit stock wheels properly due to some slight differences in measurement various manufacturers have. Correct wheel spacers will resolve a lot of common problems like the rim that hits control arms that are popular among used Dodge Durangos.
Last but not least, Dodge Durango looks better with wheel spacers. The car appears to be bigger and more aggressive. It has a manly image.
Choosing bolt pattern and thickness
When it comes to size, you should pick the one that fits your wheels. Measure the space between the tire and the fender – the result will be the size of the spacers you need. If they are bigger than wheels allow, it will cause rubbing fenders. And if they are too thin, they might be as well useless.
The appearance of wheel spacers is entirely up to you. Your choice depends on whether you want to enhance the look of your Dodge Durango and make it appear more aggressive or you need the tires fitting the wheels correctly. The leveling kit will add even more size to the car.
Some manufacturers use lug nuts, but most prefer using bolts since they are believed to be better and more reliable than nuts. However, there is no significant difference between them as the practice shows. Especially, if you have hub centric wheels.
Installing wheel spacers on Dodge Durango
It’s better to get professional service for this task, but you could do it yourself, too.
First, you need to park your Dodge on a perfectly flat surface and loosen lug nuts that carry wheels on hubs. Then raise the car with a floor jack and place it at jack stands. Once you remove the bolts, take off wheels and clean lug studs.
Now it’s time to place the wheel spacer on clean studs, so it presses against the hub. Then install lug nuts back on studs to keep the spacer fastened. Usually, bolts or nuts come with the wheel spacer, but sometimes you might need to buy them separately. Also, you will get some directions with your spacers, so read them carefully to understand the specifications of the installation.
Once you’ve fastened all spacers reliably, you can get wheels back on the car. Then install nuts or bolts and tighten them firmly. Now, level up your Dodge Durango again and remove all jack stands. Carefully lower the vehicle back on the ground corner by corner. Once again tighten bolts or nuts, so they sit firmly. Usually, manufacturers tell the specifications in their manuals. The setting is often between 70 and 90 foot-pounds. You should also check your lug bolts or nuts once you go 100 miles on your Dodge Durango to ensure everything is fine.