The Benefits of Using Wheel Spacers on Suzuki Samurai
There’s a significant number of people that find widely spaced wheels much more relaxed than the standard wheel displacement. This has always been the main driving force behind the installation of wheel spacers despite them having some practical benefits. A widened wheel track improves stability, allows you to fit larger custom wheels onto your car and reduces chances of a rollover.
Off-roading is another situation which might require you to increase your Suzuki Samurai’s lateral tilt angles. You can achieve this by installing large grippy tires or wheel spacers. Wheel spacers are robust, safe and come in different sizes and weight. The lightest wheel spacers are most preferred as they do not add excessive weight to your suspensions. This maintains their comfort and durability.
Choosing Bolt Pattern & Thickness
If your vehicle is fitted with lug nuts
Studs here project from the wheel hub. Start by placing one to two washers on each stud. Start small and test-fit your wheels to determine if you have the right thickness. Stay conscious of your caliper clearance. In addition, do not rotate the wheel. This can cause damage to the new parts. Add an additional washer every time you need extra clearance.
Figuring out how much clearance you need at the caliper can be hard. According to experts, a clearance of between 1mm and 3mm should do the trick. However, any amount of clearance, even the slightest, should work. It does not change even when the wheel is correctly torqued.
As you clear the caliper, remember that adding spacers pushes the wheel/tire further towards the fender. This could result in rubbing. Make sure that there’s enough clearance on both ends.
Once you’ve determined the right number of washers, remove the wheel and take out all the washers from one of the studs. Measure the total thickness made by the washers. This represents the size of your spacer. All studs should have an equal number of washers by now. If not, keep trying until you have achieved this.
If your Vehicle is fitted with Lug Bolts
Lug bolts here go through threaded holes found on the hub. Start by securing all the wheel bolts through the wheel holes. Place washers through the bolts from the back side of the wheel.
Let your wheel face upwards to prevent the washers from falling off. Test-fit your wheel. Add and remove washers until you achieve the right amount of thickness. Once satisfied, measure the total washer thickness on any of the bolts.
Installing Wheel Spacers on Suzuki Samurai
Suzuki owners who ride wider tires might experience some rubbing against the wheel well. Having more width makes the rig more capable for off-road driving and visually appealing. Wheel spacers are a great wat to widen your stance and improve vehicle performance. Each spacer kit comes with lug nuts and two spacers.
- Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench. Start by fully working on one wheel.
- Elevate the wheel using a floor jack.
- Unscrew the remaining lug nuts and remove the wheel.
- Fix the spacer onto the wheel studs. Secure it onto the hub using the provided nuts. Torque the nuts to the specified factory spec.
- Re-install the tire onto the spacer studs and snug the lug nuts.
- Lower your vehicle.
- Tighten all the lug nuts in a crisscrossing pattern.
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