Small Strut Spacer, Big Difference: Things to Consider When Purchasing a Strut Spacer
To be two inches higher than your usual car level has several benefits: for one, you will drive and ride like a king, because even the comfort is fit for royalty. The two-inch difference can rid you of the nauseating feel after driving over rough terrain and humps. What's more, it gives a new look and stance to your car. These and more benefits are made possible by a strut spacer. It keeps your vehicle's struts two-inch or more away from each other, giving it the lift. But the best news is, you can do it to your own car. If you want to experience this royal treatment, then here are some of the tips that you want to keep in mind before buying a strut spacer.
- Powder-coated heavy-duty steel. If you opt for high quality, choose from spacers of this material type. Strut spacers are meant to withstand wear and tear, and this type resists corrosion. This type could be a bit expensive due to the material, but expect a smooth, elegant finish for durability.
- Coil over. This type is more economical than the heavy-duty steel. It is made from billet alloy and is anodized-it usually undergoes an electrolytic process that hardened the aluminum, and made it resistant to corrosion. This material is also durable, and is tested in heat.
- Polyurethane. This type is a low-cost option, as polymers allow flexibility and high resiliency. This material does not rust, but it is prone to wear as it is made of rubber and plastic.
Other things to consider?
- Size. If you want to just level your front end to the rear of your vehicle, you can do well with a 2-inch strut spacer. But if your vehicle is an SUV with larger tires, then you can get a 2.5-inch strut spacer to give additional clearance.
- Kit. You can save money if you'll buy a strut spacer kit, complete with the bolts and other mounting hardware. Though some strut spacers are sold individually, we advise that you go with the set, so you won't have a hard time looking for the tools come installation time.
- Fit. Make sure that the strut spacer that you'll buy will have a proper fit in your car for easier installation. Some have an easy bolt-on feature, making it easier for DIYers.
Level Up with a Strut Spacer: Installation Made Easy
To maximize the performance of your car, you can use a strut spacer to give your car a new stance. This small car part can do wonders to your car; it can align your front to rear, giving you the off-road capacity of ATVs. Installing a strut spacer may be a bit tricky, but you can do it by following these steps:
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Jack and jack stands
- Rubber mallet
- Wrench set
- Replacement strut spacer kit
Warning: Wear safety gears before working on your vehicle.
Step 1: Lift the front of your vehicle using jack, and support it with jack stands. Remove the tire and wheel. Now, you may get under the vehicle.
Step 2: Unclip the antilock brake line from the upper control arm. Disconnect the line from the connector, at the back of the upper control arm mounting pocket. Support the lower control arm, and remove the sway bar connecting link from the sway bar and the lower control arm on both sides of your car.
Step 3: Loosen the tie rod nut. Gently pound the spindle with a rubber mallet to nudge the tie rod from the spindle. Next, support the lower control arm, and then loosen the upper ball joint nut. Pound the spindle to pop the upper ball from the spindle. Remove the upper ball joint from the spindle, and keep all the nuts for reassembly.
Step 4: Ensure that the top of the spindle is toward the vehicle, so the ? shaft does not come out of the front differential. Loosen, but don't remove the three outer nuts in the upper part of the strut assembly to the car's frame. Also, retain the center strut to upper mount nut. Now, remove the two bolts holding the lower strut to the lower control arm.
Step 5: Remove the clips from the bottom of the strut and discard them. Install the new strut spacer. The strut spacer kit may include hex bolts, flat washers, and lock nuts to bolt them into place. Also, tighten the three upper struts to vehicle frame bolts, and torque all the bolts. Repeat the installation to the other side of the vehicle. Reassemble.
After almost two hours of working on your strut spacer, you now have a new stance for your car. Enjoy the difference!