Ride Engineering Wheel Spacers
Company: Ride Engineering
- Keeps the spacers in place during wheel changes.
- Simplifies bike work/maintenance.
- Cheaper than most OEM spacers.
What it is
- Wheel spacers feature a lip to help retain the spacer in the seal.
Ride Engineering has a slew of small parts and accessories in its catalog, most of which offer some sort of performance gain or advantage over stock. In this case, their Wheel Spacers are seemingly simple on paper, but very effective and handy in use. Offered for both front and rear wheels, their locking wheel spacers feature a small lip that holds the spacer in tight behind the seal. The set retails for $31.95 and is available for most bikes.
How it works
- Keep the spacers locked in during wheel changes.
Changing wheels can be a breeze or it can be a nightmare – sometimes you just never know what you’re going to get. However, there are some tips and tricks that can play in your favor and make life easier on you. In this case, locking wheel spacers are a godsend when changing wheels, especially when in a hurry.
Some bikes do already come with “locking” wheel spacers, but not all. And some of those that do come stock don’t always work that great. They tend to take a little more effort to fall out of place, but they still lose contact more often than not.
These Ride Engineering Wheel Spacers do exactly what we want. The added lip secures the spacer in tight, making it near impossible to lose a spacer unless we really miss our mark sliding the wheel in place. In our case, we got these for our Kawasaki KX450X which doesn’t have any sort of lip on the stock spacers. We went from fumbling with wheel changes for seemingly ever to being able to knock them out in a matter of seconds. If a wheel doesn’t come with locking spacers, we’d say this is a must have simply for the ease of maintenance and use.
The Ride Eng spacers also came with a groove to allow us to continue running the OEM dust cover on the KX450X front wheel spacers which is a plus that not all aftermarket parts offer.
This simple part is well made, makes maintenance and bike work much easier, and is a no-brainer if your stock wheel spacers aren’t locking.