What Are Adapters, And How Are They Different From Spacers?

What Are Adapters, And How Are They Different From Spacers?


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A typical set of wheel adapters

 Wheel adapters go a step further. Like wheel spacers, these mount on the wheel hub assembly to create a more negative offset. Adapters, however, allow you to change a vehicle’s bolt pattern. You might be able to change it from a 4-bolt to a 5-bolt setup, or from a 5-bolt to a 6-bolt pattern. This lets you to change to a wheel that has a different pitch circle diameter (see above).


 Adapters allow you greater freedom of choice when it comes to selecting aftermarket custom wheels, because you’re not limited to those that match your OEM bolt pattern. Typically, longer bolts or studs will be included to ensure the wheel can be securely fastened.