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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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Anyone running spidertrax 1.25in wheel spacers.

I am thinking about getting them for my LJ. My front tires are rubbing the swaybar at full flex. Would you guys recommend them?

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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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I've had them for five years running 35s on my stock Rubicon Moab rims. I've run various spacers on different rigs since, the late 60s. Don't hesitate a second with those spacers. Oh, you'll probably get a boatload of differing opinions and the Apocalypse is almost upon us but, use common sense, stay on top of your maintenance and wheel on.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 02:14 PM   #3
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Mine have been on the Jeep since 2004. I used two pairs of spacers under the stock Rubicon rims. I have wheeled all over Moab, the Ouray area, the Dusy-Ershim, etc. with no issues. I DID take extra care, torqued them down in three stages with extra Red Loctite on the stock wheel studs (buy a tube, the amount they supply with the spacers is insufficient). Then I applied anti-sieze compound (the silver goo) to the studs on the spacer, and torqued the wheel lugs down as well.

Whenever I bought tires or the garage rotated them, I took the trouble to add another dab of anti-sieze to the spacer studs and torqued them by hand again. I think this is important (whether you run spacers or not) so the garage monkeys don't strip the studs with the air ratchets.

The only consideration is that when wheeling you should carry a propane torch with you in case you have to do emergency service to brakes or unit bearings or whatever on the trail. The torch causes the Red Loctite to let loose after you play the flame over the nut/stud. I always carried the torch anyway, in case I had to remove hardware the factory had installed.

In addition to the clearance the spacers give you, the wider track helps handling. My Rubicon is 5" wider than stock, half of that is a pair of spacers, half is wider tire treads. So it is 5" wider and 5" higher (considering lift plus tire height) which is a good thing. It still turns just as tight as a stock TJ, thanks to not having washers under the steering stops.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 02:16 PM   #4
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I am thinking about getting them for my LJ. My front tires are rubbing the swaybar at full flex. Would you guys recommend them?
Rather than increase your wheelbase width 2.5" by installing spacers that are not inexpensive, I'd rather figure out why the tires are rubbing. Are both tires rubbing equally on the antiswaybar when you turn the wheel all the way left/right?

What backspacing do your wheels have and what is your tire size?
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Unread 11-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #5
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Rather than increase your wheelbase width 2.5" by installing spacers that are not inexpensive, I'd rather figure out why the tires are rubbing. Are both tires rubbing equally on the antiswaybar when you turn the wheel all the way left/right?

What backspacing do your wheels have and what is your tire size?
Both front tires are rubbing on the sway bar when disconnected and the lower control arms at full flex.
My tires are 35x12.5/15.
The back spacing on my rims is
3-5/8.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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Mine have been on the Jeep since 2004. I used two pairs of spacers under the stock Rubicon rims. I have wheeled all over Moab, the Ouray area, the Dusy-Ershim, etc. with no issues. I DID take extra care, torqued them down in three stages with extra Red Loctite on the stock wheel studs (buy a tube, the amount they supply with the spacers is insufficient). Then I applied anti-sieze compound (the silver goo) to the studs on the spacer, and torqued the wheel lugs down as well.

Whenever I bought tires or the garage rotated them, I took the trouble to add another dab of anti-sieze to the spacer studs and torqued them by hand again. I think this is important (whether you run spacers or not) so the garage monkeys don't strip the studs with the air ratchets.

The only consideration is that when wheeling you should carry a propane torch with you in case you have to do emergency service to brakes or unit bearings or whatever on the trail. The torch causes the Red Loctite to let loose after you play the flame over the nut/stud. I always carried the torch anyway, in case I had to remove hardware the factory had installed.

In addition to the clearance the spacers give you, the wider track helps handling. My Rubicon is 5" wider than stock, half of that is a pair of spacers, half is wider tire treads. So it is 5" wider and 5" higher (considering lift plus tire height) which is a good thing. It still turns just as tight as a stock TJ, thanks to not having washers under the steering stops.
How hard is it to remove the wheel spacers. I don't have a torch.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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How hard is it to remove the wheel spacers. I don't have a torch.
Even with red loctite my impact takes the nuts off.
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Unread 11-30-2013, 11:08 AM   #8
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Like he said an impact wrench will take off nuts held by Red Loctite which is medium-strength. But I leave the air compressor and impact wrench at home. But if you have to bust them free by hand you will want the torch. Propane torches are sold for soldering copper plumbing and they are seldom more than $20 new.



In a pinch you can use the same propane cylinder as your Coleman propane stove, although the tall 14oz. cylinders are handier.

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