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Unread 08-14-2013, 06:47 AM   #1
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Any advantage to spacing wheels out

I'm having a hard time finding a reasonably priced aftermarket wheel with the offset of the factory Ravine wheel. I also do not like the look of the wheels sticking out past the fenders. I think it makes a Wrangler look squatty without a significant lift. I do not intend to lift mine over 2". The rims will be 7", with 31" tires.

My choices in offset leave me with wheels that are 1/2 inch further in than the factory wheels, or one inch further out than factory.

It makes sense that tires sticking further out increase the stability of the vehicle, but I'm wondering if there is any real affect by increasing 1.5 inches. With the leverage of the height of the vehicle, and the suspension points being unchanged, I'm having a hard time visualizing any real affect.

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Unread 08-14-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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Google "scrub radius". There are things about suspension geometry that will change. It'll make the steering feel different. It does add stability on and off road which is good. If you do some reading you'll see pros and cons to both positive and negative offset wheels.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 08:35 PM   #3
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I have 1.5" wheel spacers. It gives huge clearance behind the wheels and tires. I have 31s but 33s can easily fit with no suspension scrubbing and that's with only a 1.25" lift. The wider stance does increase stability and handling too.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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some complain that spacers tend to wear out bearings faster.
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