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Saab wheel spacers are widely sought after by Saab owners seeking to try out some custom tyres without wanting to change their stock wheels. Stock wheels regardless of their OEM manufacturer are designed to have a positive offset; the wheels are tucked in towards the body of the car. Although this design reduces the overall width of the car and has some unique advantages, car owners sometimes desire a slightly negative offset. This is often in a bid to create more clearance between the tyres and fender or suspension components. A wrong wheel offset can cause some catastrophic damage if not corrected.
What are Wheel Spacers?
Wheel spacers are mechanical components placed over holding bracket of a vehicle to provide additional space between the wheel and the wheel assembly; they are specifically made for each vehicle model because they must match the bolt patterns of the wheel and tire.
Installing a set of Saab’s wheel spacers will move your wheels and tires outwards so they are flush with the fender-instantly giving your vehicle an enhanced stance. A wider stance also means the weight is evenly distributed across the tyres. This consequently improves the traction of the vehicle and lead to even better handling. Fitting your wheel with a suitable set of spacers will also enable you to install larger wheels and brake kits without the risk of interference.
Legal concerns and safety
Spacers are safe to use provided they are properly installed. It is pertinent also, that only high-quality spacers are purchased. Some countries might require that you install only TUV approved wheel spacers. You can check with a certified auto shop on the availability of suitable SCC wheel spacers and other TUV approved Saab wheel spacers.
A set of Saab wheel spacers might be your best bet if you desire to enhance the appearance and functionality of your Saab vehicle without changing the installed stock wheels. Spacers related mishaps are often due to a faulty installation. It is thus of great importance that installation best practices are followed. Be sure to check the torque requirement and ensure the mating parts are free from debris during installation.