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Do ATV wheel spacers cause problems?

Wheels spacers are definitely worth it when you must widen the ATV to fit tire chains or larger wheels. They do, however, come with a few downsides, such as heavier steering and increased wear on the ATV. Some riders feel that the disadvantages outweigh the sole benefit of getting better stability.

Why you should not use wheel spacers?

Wheel spacers can sometimes cause an accelerated pattern of wear on the hub components of your vehicle and its suspension. Because you are creating a wider track than what the frame was initially designed to support, you can place stressors that go beyond the tested tolerances that are recommended by the manufacturer.

What’s wrong with wheel spacers?

The main issue with a wheel spacer is that it moves the wheel to a wider position whilst the rest of the suspension arms remain in the same place. In particular, the king pin inclination axis remains in the same place. Therefore, fitting a wheel spacer moves the wheel outboard and alters the scrub radius of the car.

Are wheel spacers not safe?

Are Wheel Spacers Safe to Use? Because a vehicle’s weight is not sustained by its wheel studs, the use of wheel spacers is generally considered to be safe. A vehicle’s wheels are actually held to their corresponding hubs with a clamping force that is achieved through the tightening of each wheel’s lug nuts.

Do wheel spacers affect 4×4?

Wheel spacers can increase your 4WDs track and stability; they’re also illegal to fit and more trouble than they’re worth. Here are 11 reasons why wheel spacers are a dumb idea.

Are 10mm spacers safe?

Simply put, yes. Spacers are safe for both daily driving and track duty if installed correctly. Quality spacers are made of materials that are as strong if not stronger than the wheels and hub, so they shouldn’t be the weak link in your setup.

Will wheel spacers affect alignment?

DO wheel spacers AFFECT alignment? Fixed. Unless you mess with lowering, camber, or caster, adding spacers to widen your wheel stance will not need you to get an alignment. you are just pushing the wheels out more.

Do wheel spacers affect 4wd?

Wheel spacers can increase your 4WDs track and stability; they’re also illegal to fit and more trouble than they’re worth.

How big is a wheel spacer on an ATV?

This means you can increase track width by up to six inches. ATV wheel spacer thickness is measured in inches and ranges from 0,5 inches to two inches. Some even offer thicker spacers up to three-inch thicknesses. Let’s take a look at various riding scenarios where you may need or benefit from having wheel spacers installed.

What happens when you put spacers on a riding stock?

When riding stock, the wheel’s center is aligned with the pivot point in the ball joints. When you turn, the wheel also pivots (rotate). But when you add spacers, you are no longer only rotating the wheel; you are moving it back and forth as well. You are forcing it to swing.

How big of spacer do I need for my Polaris bike?

You will likely need 1-2 inches thick spacers. I got the two-inch size for my Polaris, but 1,5 inches would probably be a better solution for this particular bike. The best way to find out what size spacers you need are to install the chains with your stock wheels and measure how much clearance you’ll need.

What happens when you ride a wider stance ATV?

With a wider stance, you will no longer fit that well in the ruts on muddy trails where others ride stock. Your wheels will brush off on track-edges and on rocks where others will fit. It will become harder to ride, and you risk damaging your wheels.