How to Find the Best Wheel Adapter for Your Vehicle
Customization is the main reason why some car owners reach the point of needing wheel adapters. Usually because of wanting to have bigger tires, they need extra offset which refers to the distance of the rim's mounting surface from the centerline. Adapters allow a change in the bolt pattern of the hubs while letting the wheels to move further out in order to accommodate rims with different offsets and deeper backspacing. Cars and vans normally receive such a customization for better stability when cornering at high speeds. Pickup trucks and SUVs benefit from improved stability when traversing the off roads.
Determine the thickness
Wheel adapters usually come with 1.25-inch thickness to 2 inches. It can even be customized in order to suit the owner's preference. The thickness can greatly affect backspacing or the inside depth of the rim. Significantly, you need to make sure that there is enough clearance between the fender and the tire, considering lock-to-lock steering and suspension movements, especially when the vehicle is loaded.
Check the bolt circles and number of studs
It would be wise to also consider the offset rims already available with you. Measure their bolt circles as well as that of the hub. Also see the number of their studs, because if the hub and the rims have differing number of studs, it would need a two-piece adapter. That way, you won't have to drive back to the shop to replace the adapter or to buy rims with matching number of studs.
Decide on the bolting preference
A wheel adapter is bolted onto the hub so that the rim can bolt onto the adapter. But there are two ways through which an adapter is bolted to the hub that you must decide on. The first one is with the use of lugnuts that work with long shanks and washers. This method ends with a bit sloppy installation that doesn't usually go noticeable while running. The second one that uses corned lugnuts enables the adapter to get tightened at the center, making a more precise installation. Ask the wheel adapter dealer about the type of lugnuts included in the product.
Know the unsprung weight
Unsprung weight is one of the negative effects of having wheel adapters. So you might as well decide on how much unsprung weight that you would allow your vehicle to take on by considering the material with which the adapters are made of. Offset rims also add to that unnecessary weight, so choose carefully.
Picture the aesthetic effect on your car
Wheel adapters come in different finishes that would surely make a difference on how your vehicle would look, so choose one to perfectly complement your unit. Matching or varying thickness of the front and rear adapters will also affect the aesthetic aspect of the vehicle, so think whether you want a balanced look or to go a bit over the conventional.
Consider the laws for safety
Before you even decide to buy wheel adapters, make sure that the federal, state, and local laws allow such a modification. Remember that requirements stipulated by laws were designed for your safety and the public's.