The Benefits of Using Wheel Spacers on Jeep Commander
Cars are heavy machines. When subjected to too much load, the undercarriage can fail if it’s not strong enough. This could cause serious damage to the vehicles’ components. It’s crucial that you choose the best wheel adapters/spacers for your Jeep Commander. Off-road driving subjects the suspension parts to massive impacts. Boosting the engine performance and installing larger wheels increases the demand. Such a setup needs strong spacers and studs to function correctly.
Currently, we have a wide array of wheel spacers and adapters that help to distribute the weight on the Jeep Commander. This lessens the load supported by the suspension. Great wheel spacers are of high-quality and are corrosion protected to provide a long service life.
Choosing Bolt Pattern & Thickness
When fitting aftermarket rims, it’s important to note that some wheels come with a larger circular opening at the center compared to the outer diameter of the wheel hub. If too large, the gap between the two could cause movement while the wheel rotates.
Where the wheel’s center bore is wider than the hub’s inner diameter, a batch of hub centric/centering rings can be used to fill the gap. This allows the wheel to fit firmly. Hub centric rings are available in different sizes to meet all client needs.
They are also useful where OEM rims are being switched between two different vehicle makes with the same bolt pattern but different hub sizes.
The washer method is one of the most affordable and easiest ways to get the right thickness of the washer that you’ll need. Spacer sizes vary from about 0.125” to more than 1”. Certainty is a necessary quality if you’re to get the most appropriate thickness. A difference of 0.25” could solve or ruin your fitment.
The Sparco Wheel Spacer and Eibach Pro-Spacer Kit brands provide solutions for a variety of makes and models. For SUVs and trucks, the Rugged Ridge Wheel Spacer Kit and the Supreme Suspensions Pro-Billet Series Wheel Spacer Set work well to solve all fitment problems. Wheel spacers from Crown are built explicitly for Jeep while the Dorman wheel Spacer, Baer Polished Billet Aluminum Wheel Spacers, and Mr. Gasket Silver Aluminum Spacers cater for most universal needs and cover most of the standard dimensions.
Installing Wheel Spacers on Jeep Commander
The installation process below is based on 1.5” Spidertrax spacers being fixed to a 3.7-liter Jeep Commander.
- Park your vehicle on a flat surface. Use a factory jack lift to lift the vehicle on one of the corners. Remove all the lug nuts and take the wheel off. Carefully spread some Loctite onto the threads. Use it moderately as a little goes a long way.
- Place the spacer over the threads. Use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts in a crisscross pattern. Torque them to 90 ft-lbs.
- Install your wheels and tighten them to 90 ft-lbs in a crisscross pattern. Remove the jack and check the clearance.
Where larger tires are fitted without making any changes to the suspension, you might be required to trim the fender and grind the frame. Start by jig-sawing the plastic fender covers. Be careful not to cut any hoses that might be connected to the engine. Remove the plastic covers once done the trimming. Start grinding the frame of the car without scraping it. Depending on the type of car, it will take you approximately 45 minutes to finish each side. This should give you all the clearance you need.
The lug nuts and spacer lugs should be checked after every 50 miles of driving. This requires you to take your wheels off regularly.
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