Wheel Spacer Information - Very Important Facts!
How many times have you heard someone say, "Wheel spacers are dangerous!"? Probably more than once! The fact is yes, wheel spacers can definitely be dangerous...when referring to cheaply made wheel spacers or when spacers are used or installed incorrectly.
Many of the spacers on the market are cast from a material known as pot metal. Although sold as "Aluminum", these spacers are actually made up of a variety of junk metals all combined to produce a very cheap material that lacks strength, durability and corrosion resistance. These inexpensive, cheaply made spacers have been known to crack, corrode prematurely and cause vibrations due to their lack of precise dimensions. Combine any or all of those facts and it's easy to see why wheel spacers have a bad reputation. To make matters worse, spacers are often added to a vehicle without taking the needs of the lugs/studs into consideration, resulting in insufficient thread engagement which has often led to a wheel coming loose or lugs/studs stripping out.
Installing wheel spacers is serious business and special consideration must be taken into account when doing so. When wheel spacers are constructed of quality materials (6061 T6 Alcoa billet aluminum in our case), used properly to simply correct for wheel offsets and when lug and stud length requirements are carefully accounted for, wheel spacers can a perfectly safe and is a very effective means with which to get your wheels to fit your Vanagon properly.
Did you know that manufacturers of some of the best handling, fastest cars on the road have used wheel spacers as a means to position the wheels exactly where they wanted them? As an example, the Porsche 930 Turbo and some 944s used wheel spacers...right from the factory. If Porsche can do it safely, so can we!