DIY: Flat Six Wheel Spacers

When I first met Daniel on Facebook, I could tell how passionate he was for all of his cars, in special for his Black 911 Carrera (991), the only Porsche on his garage at that time (photo above). Few months later we met in person, attending a Porsche’s rally at the curvy roads of the Smoky Mountains, including the legendary Tail of the Dragon. Daniel is a hardworking guy with crazy working shifts, but he always finds some time to drive his Porsche, which is always shining. Living at Roan Mountain’s area, you have a big chance to spot him living life on the fast lane through US-421, aka The Snake!

This April, Daniel brought home a Black Macan Turbo or 1BADTURBO as his car is called. Besides keeping his cars pristine clean, Daniel also enjoys doing some hands-on mods on his toys. One of the first modifications he did on his MACAN Turbo was adding Wheel Spacers. I was very impressed when he shared on Facebook. The project turned so well and he made it looks so easy that I asked him to tell us how he did it. I hope you find his DIY useful and enjoy the reading it.

Items Needed

  • Brake caliper paint
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Mask
  • Wire brush or drill with wire brush attachment
  • Masking tape
  • Car cover or plastic painters’ sheets
  • Newspaper
  • Brake cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Paper towels
  • Wheel guide bolt
  • Two 10mm wheel spacers (front)
  • Two 12mm wheel spacers (rear)
  • Twenty extended wheel bolts

Instructions

I am starting this project with the assumption of the wheel already being off the car since we all have our own way of doing things. So, let’s get started!!!

1. Make sure you start with a clean vehicle. The car cover or plastic sheet will scratch the paint if applied over a dirty vehicle. Apply cover to prevent paint dust or rust particles from getting on the vehicle.

2. The next step requires eye protection, a good mask and gloves.

3. Use a wire brush or a drill with a wire brush attachment to go around the center of the rotor and the top of the rotor vein to knock off any rust or old paint.

4. Use rubbing alcohol and paper towels to go over everything you used the brush on. Wipe down everything a few times. This is very important to get the best results.

5. Next, tape up the brake caliper with newspaper or something similar to prevent over spray getting on them. Cover up anything that you may think paint over spray could get on.

6. Tape up the shiny rotor face where the brake pads are applied. This is the most time-consuming part of the job.

7. Reinstall old wheel studs or put paper towel in the thread holes to prevent paint getting in the threads which will make it very hard installing the new flat 6 studs correctly.

8. Spray a light coat of paint on rotor hat and rotor vein. Do not try to cover the whole thing with one coat of paint. Take your time and apply multiple light coats of paint waiting 5 to 15 min between coats.

9. You will notice the part of the rotor vein is not going to be painted just yet because the caliper covering that part. Un-tape part of the rotor so that you can turn the rotor enough to spray a few coats on the part that was missed.

10. I usually wait 30 minutes to an hour to dry then I start to un-tape the rotor and caliper.

11. You will have some paint on the rotor. It will come off with some brake cleaner but remember to spray brake cleaner on a towel pointing away from vehicle and caliper. Rub gently and the paint will come off. If you can’t get it all off, then that is fine because when you apply your brakes while driving it will remove the rest of the paint.

12. We are finally at the point to remove the old wheel studs and install the new wheel spacers making sure to align the holes up correctly. Make sure you have the correct wheel spacer for the front or back since they are different sizes.

13. Now is the time to go over everything and take another look to see if you missed anything when painting.

14. Reinstall wheel with help using the included flat 6-wheel guide bolt and install your new flat 6-wheel studs. Torque wheel to your vehicle specs and recheck studs after you have driven at least 50 miles.

15. You have now completed this job!! Congratulation on a successful project.

Daniel Thompson

Thank you Daniel for sharing it with us with so great details! The 1BADTURBO looks so beautiful! 

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