Monday, October 2, 2017

Why You Should Upgrade Your ATV's Wheel Spacers at the End of the Summer

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When the days get shorter, it’s time to bid farewell to summer ATV sports. As you prepare your ATV for the long wait until spring, look into upgrading your ATV wheel spacers. You want to start next year off fresh!

Assess the Damage After a Full Season of Wear

After a full season, your ATV wheel spacers will be showing the signs of wear and tear. The end of summer is the best time to address these flaws. As you’re getting ready to pack your ATV up for the season, take the time to assess its needs. Look for warping and wearing along the spacer. Test to see if every bolt is tight. Reflect on the amount of maintenance you had to do during the season. If you’re not happy with the wear pattern, this is the time to upgrade your ATV wheel spacers. You know how your current pair worked. Can you run with the same model, or do you need something a little tougher? The end of the season is the time to see the cumulative effects of riding hard all summer long.

Don’t Start With a Bad Set of Spacers

You don’t want to start the season on old ATV wheel spacers. When you break out your ATV at the start of next season, you’re going to want to hit the trail right away. Putting in the time to do a detailed check of your machine is going to require patience that most people don’t want to spend. Just a quick check to make sure nothing happened to it since you put it away, and you’re ready to hit the road!

Starting the season with a bad set of spacers is an affront to the true joy of ATV wheel spacers. Your machine won’t be handling at peak performance. You may not even realize it at first, but it absolutely can get better. Set your expectations high by having new, well-fitted ATV wheel spacers installed before you hit the road.

Every Year Gets Better

ATV wheel spacers are still being improved upon. As you grow more skillful in your handling of the machine, you notice the difference between spacers more. A beginner driver won’t be able to feel the difference between spacers that are okay and spacers that are great. A seasoned driver can make the most of the finest tools. The longer you own your ATV, the more comfortable you become behind the wheel and in the garage. Put your new experience to use at the end of summer by selecting the wheel spacers that are going to serve you well next year.

Fresh spacers are the best solution to your ATV’s needs. Getting spacers that can keep up with you is key to enjoying your sport. As you get to be a better driver, you’ll get more out of the fresh new spacers you installed.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Three Signs You're Ready to Invest in Custom Wheel Adapters

Custom wheel adapters are a beautiful tool when it comes to customizing your car. However, they’re not for someone who’s just starting out. Investing in custom wheel adapters is a great way to take control of your vehicle and amp it to the next level.How do you know if you're ready to invest in custom wheel adapters, though? You need to ask yourself a few questions first. Have kept a set of adapters in good condition? Do you even know what you’re looking for in custom wheel adapters? Lastly, have you done your homework on how to procure your adapters? Once you answer these questions, you'll know if you're ready to the next step.

1. You’ve Kept One Set of Adapters for Over Six Months

You don’t want to drop cash on custom wheel adapters until you know that you can take care of them. Wear and tear can be tough on wheel adapters. Custom wheel adapters should be the prize you win after you learn from your mistakes with regular wheel adapters. So, what's the trick to keeping your adapters in top condition? Simply check on them regularly. For example, fix slight signs of wear and tear when you balance or rotate your adapters, or when you change the brand of tire you use. You’ll never take those steps if you don’t know that damage is occurring. Keep checking your wheel adapters regularly and they’ll pay off big time.

2. You Know Exactly What You’re Looking For

Custom wheel adapters make great sense when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on the main market. They're also the best way to get the exact effect you’re looking for. If you’re not sure what you’re going for, examine more of the options on the market. The various combinations of wheel adapters, tires, and spacers can give you a variety of handling options without having to custom order anything. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to create the custom wheel adapters that will make your machine run like never before.

3. You’ve Done Your Homework

You don’t want to have custom wheel adapters made until you know that you’re getting it from the right manufacturer. Do your homework on the kind of adapters you want and the kind of adapters that work for your vehicle. When you’re going with custom adapter, you need to weigh the pros and cons. While billet aluminum is stronger than cast aluminum, it can be more expensive. Also, it's often heavier. Is what what you want? Once you’ve done your homework and weighed your pros and cons, you’re ready for custom wheel adapters.

Custom wheel adapters are perfect, but only when you’re ready. Do your homework and learn how to get what you want from the materials. If you can keep your adapters in good condition, you’re ready to invest in something more permanent: custom wheel adapters.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hub Centric Adapters 101

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Hub centric adapters are one of two common adapter set ups. They’re the standard, and as such, sometimes overlooked. They’re actually very useful, powerful tools that help you get the stance and the hardware you want onto your vehicle.

Standard Adapter Placement

Hub centric adapters are the most common adapters on the market. They’re essentially the standard for wheel adapters. The other common model is lug centered. Hub centric adapters are built around the hub of the wheel. That’s what they push against the most, passing most of the torque of the axle through to the hub. In a lug centric design, this torque is absorbed by the lug nuts themselves. While this can work, it’s not as safe. Lug nuts are smaller, easier to break or damage metal pieces. The hub as a whole is strong. When you know you’re going to be using hub centric adapters, you can ensure it’s standard ahead of time. Even still, check your adapters, hubs, and tires frequently (every 100-150 miles) to be sure everything’s working as it should. When properly installed, this should be a two-minute check and not a burden.

Why Use an Adapter Over a Spacer

One question people have is why choose hub centric adapters over wheel spacers. If you just want offset wheels, go ahead and just get a simple spacer. They work well, and don’t add as much pressure to your tires. Adapters are essential when you need to change the lug bolt pattern of your tires. Each manufacturer, and sometimes each model, as a pattern of lug bolts. This pattern only fits with certain tires, hub caps, etc. This is a way for hardware to stay distinct, and can also be part of a branding attempt. Wheel adapters are hacking the system. Find the right wheel adapter, and you can use whatever tire, hub cap, etc., that you would like on your vehicle.

In addition to being an adapter, a hub centric adapter also works like a spacer. They widen the stance of the vehicle and allow you to offset your tires. Offset tires can result in better handling, increased torque, and a smoother ride over uneven ground. They also just look cool--the more the tire sticks out, the more aggressive and dynamic the vehicle looks. Even when it’s standing still.

Hub centric adapters are a safer alternative to lug centric adapters. They allow you to change your car’s hubcaps and tires to fit your preference. They also act as a spacer, giving you the perks of both worlds.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Why Choose Billet Aluminum Wheel Adapters

Billet aluminum wheel adapters are the best of the best. If you’re looking for a wheel adapter, billet aluminum cannot be beat. The process of creating billet aluminum parts results in highly precise, very strong, safe wheel adapters. The same cannot be said for cast aluminum.

1. Higher degree of precision

When you’re customizing your vehicle, every fraction of an inch counts. “Close enough” isn’t close enough to give you the handling you need. Whether you’re off-roading with the guys or just want better handling on city streets, precision is key. Changing your tires is about looks but also about function. Billet aluminum parts are constructed from a single block of aluminum. It’s then tooled away to create the perfect part. It’s precise. Cast aluminum is melted and then poured into a mold. The mold was made with sand. As precise as casting can be, it cannot compete with skilled craftsmanship. Cast aluminum parts are not as sharply defined as billet aluminum.

2. Stronger parts

Billet aluminum results in stronger parts. Not only is every part of the billet aluminum wheel adapter made with solid aluminum, the metal is of a higher grade than those used to make cast aluminum parts. The process of heating the metal only once, to make a solid block, keeps the grade high. Cast aluminum is easier to work with if it's a lower quality. It’s more malleable and better able to fill the mold. That doesn’t help you on the road, however.

3. Safety is key

At the end of the day, safety is the most important feature of any after market customization. You want your vehicle to look cool and handle like a dream, but you want to be safe in it while that happens. Billet aluminum combines precision and strength into a part that’s going to wear out more slowly. It’s going to be safer for longer than cast aluminum. A billet aluminum wheel adapter can be checked on less frequently because it’s going to have a longer life. That’s the bottom line: billet is better.

Safety, strength, and precision make up a fantastic car part. Wheel adapters take a beating on the road. They connect a tire to a vehicle that it wasn’t made to go on. While they can really do a lot of good, they can be a risk. Reduce risk by picking the best adapter. Billet aluminum wheel adapters are the way to go.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why are There So Many Lug Patterns?

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Wheel adapters and wheel spacers exist so that you can adapt your vehicle to whatever tires or hubcaps you want it to use. These little pieces of metal can change your vehicle from a five bolt pattern to an eight bolt pattern, and/or change the spacing between bolts. This is great for customizing your car. You can put whatever wheels and hubs on it that you want, and you don’t have to worry about what it’s built to carry. Why is everything built to be different, anyway?

Torque and a vehicle’s needs

The number of bolts in your hubcap depends on the amount of torque that’s put on the tire by the axle. The more power your vehicle has, the greater the number of bolts. Bolts handle the torque and make sure that the wheels spin. Running a very powerful vehicle on fewer bolts is a risky business. They will wear out faster, and when they do, it could be a dangerous situation for you.

Typically, your light, low powered car only needs four bolts to be safe. Anything above the most basic cars use five bolts. Five is the most common number for U.S. cars. Most wheel adapters are built to increase this as heavier, more torque tires are put onto lighter frames. You can adapt a standard five bolt pattern to a six or eight, and your tire will be more secure on your vehicle. Lug patterns work that way.

Why is spacing different vehicle to vehicle

While the number of bolts in lug patterns follows a standard explanation, the spacing doesn’t. Wheel adapters and wheel spacers can be used to simply make the bolt holes on the tire match up to the ones on your vehicle. The difference in spacing is largely due to an individual brand’s preference. Most spacing standards haven’t been updated since the modern lug pattern was introduced. Companies picked whatever spacing made sense to them at the time, and they’ve kept it as a grandfathered style choice. While most manufacturers keep it standard across their models or within a particular line, they don’t have to. Since they manufacture all the original parts themselves, it doesn’t cost more to order one spacing than another.

There are so many lug patterns because there are many car manufacturers. The spacing requirements are annoying to work around, but don’t serve a particular purpose. Most were adopted for cars that are no longer being made. The number of lugs depends on what you expect the vehicle to have to handle.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Basics of Wheel Adapter Safety

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Whenever you customize something on your car, you have to think about safety. As much as you want it to look great and handle well, safety has to take priority. Wheel adapters can give you amazing handling with killer looks. With a little research and investment, they can be as safe as anything else on your car. Start with learning what you need.

Buy Nice or Buy Twice

Before diving into the specifics of what you should and shouldn’t buy, focus on quality. Focusing on price over quality can have dangerous consequences when you’re dealing with car parts. Strong, standard wheel adapters are safe. Poor quality adapters may pose an unnecessary risk to your car. When you’re looking into buying wheel adapters, don’t be tempted to take the cheaper way out. Quality is worth every penny.

Do Your Research

Knowledge is your first line of defense against accidents. Before you put wheel adapters on your car and take your new tires for a spin, visit some forums. Look online to find a good price on good quality adapters, and find out what adapter concerns exist (if any) for your vehicle. Some vehicles are more popular than others. It’s easier to find out how wheel adapters handle on your ATV than it is to find a specific make and model of car.

Learning from other people’s mistakes is always better than making your own. If there are any consistent issues with tire spacing, wheel well depth, or excessive wear and tear on wheel adapters, it’s better to know before you buy. Most problems can be compensated for as long as you know what you’re up against.

Check Frequently

Good quality wheel adapters that work with your vehicle can stay strong for months at a time. Getting into the habit of frequent checking is purely a defensive measure. If you get into the habit of checking your wheel adapters every month, you’re going to be able to tighten them before they get too loose. You can find problems before they get serious, ending any doubts about wheel adapter safety. Problems with loose bolts or worn adapters start as small issues. If you check in regularly, they won’t have the time to get serious before you catch them.

The basics of wheel adapter safety come down to you, the owner. You know when your vehicle is handling properly and when it is not. Couple that knowledge with research, a commitment to good quality wheel adapters, and frequent safety checks for peak performance.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Three Things to Consider Before Getting New Wheel Spacers

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New wheel spacers can be a thing of beauty. You’re taking control of your car. It handles better, as the wide set wheels let you take turns like you never have before. Everything is ticking along well, and you’re sure this is how you want your car to feel forever. However, all good things must come to an end. Even the best-made wheel spacers need to be replaced. Before you slap a new set on and go cruising the block, take a minute to ask yourself these questions.

1. Did Your Last Ones Wear Out Too Soon?

You should write down or mentally make a note of the date every time you change your wheel spacers. While wear and tear takes out every set eventually, you shouldn’t be moving through them too soon. Anything less than six months to a set is something to be concerned about. If you’re right on the cusp, talk to a mechanic (or a mechanically inclined friend) or take a look at it yourself. Wheel spacers tend to wear out too fast when they’re not properly fitted or installed. If they’re wearing out, it could be a sign that you’re putting too much pressure or tension on your axle or wheels.

2. Is it Time For a Car Check Up?

Even if your wheel spacers are holding up well, you should consider getting your car checked out when it finally wears through a set of wheel spacers. Some cars look absolutely awesome with a set of wheel spacers, but they’re not really made for it. If you’ve decided to make a luxury car even more awesome, you don’t want to ruin your investment by not checking on the axel and connectors. Just a quick checkup before you put on your new set of wheel spacers is enough to find problems before they turn into huge disasters.

3. Did Any New Options Hit the Market?

While the first two points have to do with safety and the health of your car, the last one is just for fun. Wheel spacers are a great aftermarket upgrade. New options, materials, and sizes are hitting the market all the time. If you truly want to perfect the look for your car, you’ll keep looking at the latest and greatest. You won’t always have an upgrade waiting, but you never know when the coolest set of wheel spacers you’ve ever seen is waiting for you.

Before you swap a pair of old wheel spacers for new ones, look to see what’s on the market. You may have a new option you haven’t thought of yet. Make sure your car is in good condition before hitting the road. If it’s been a short time since your last new wheel spacers, take it to a mechanic—they may not be properly fitted.