The Benefits of Using Wheel Spacers on Porsche 911

Wheel spacers used to be of low quality and would often crack if tightened too much. Luckily today Porsche make the most of their 911 wheel spacers from machined aluminum or sometimes steel. Making for a stronger spacer. Now you can push your wheels out to a wider wheelbase and stance knowing that they won’t crack, improving the look of the car and it’s handling. Some manufacturers now also make the Porches 911 with extended steel and/or lug nuts. Aftermarket wheels are one of the favorite ways to customize your car, and now with more durable wheel spacers, there are more options available for replacing your stock wheels.

Deciding on a Bolt Pattern and Thickness determining wheel spacer width isn’t easy.

If you want to space out the existing wheels on your Porsche you can start by measuring the distance between the outermost point of the tire sidewall and the inner fender lip. This distance is a gauge to how much further you can safely go. Remember it is essential to leave a good-sized gap between the fender lip and the tire, as the tire will deflect when you under load. Porsche 911 is equipped with hub-centric wheel spacers. When you are buying a new set of spacers for your wheels the easiest way to get it right is to determine both the width and offset of your car’s wheels and then compare it to your new wheels. Choosing Bolt Pattern & Thickness

Wheel offset seems complicated, but itʼs quite simple so don’t be discouraged.

If you are buying wheels that are the same size but offset 10mm more inboard than your existing wheels, you can fit a 10mm spacer, which will even out the distance and also restore the look of your vehicle. If the new wheels are wider, it is important to remember the new added width when calculating how many spacers you need to run. If possible, you could test fit wheels and tires to your car, take measurements and then order the appropriate spacers. Spacers come in different bolt patterns, so be careful to check the bolt pattern of your vehicle before you order.

When installing Wheel Spacers on Porsche 911 ensure to select the right fitment.

Always make sure that you pick the right spacer to fit the pitch circle diameter, otherwise known as PCD, and a number of studs. There’s a large selection of universal spacers on offer, but try to acquire the precise fitment for your spacers if possible. If the measurement is 114mm x 5 holes, make sure the spacer is the same size. When placing the spacer carefully mount each wheel. To do this place the spacer smooth against the hub before you attempt to bolt on the wheel.  Take care with any vehicle adaptations such as leveling kits.

If your wheel spacers come with a ridged surface, that side is the side that should face outward. First, place the lug nut on the first stud and lightly secure the lug nut. Do not tighten the bolts until all the lug nuts are in place. Over tightening the lug nuts can cause damage to the spacer or the studs, so do not to over tighten. Using a torque wrench works best. Wheel spacers can also work in conjunction with hub-centric rings.

Time to test drive your car

Keep your ears open to ensure that your vehicle is running smoothly; make sure to listen out for any new sounds that might indicate the wheel spacers need adjusting. You don’t want the wheels rubbing fenders. In addition to strange noises, it is also possible that poorly installed or ill-fitting wheel spacers can result in a vibrating steering wheel. Is your car running smoothly? All you need to do now is take it back to the garage and double check to see if they need one last torque.