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Unread 03-13-2008, 10:02 AM   #1
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Spacers ?

I need to know what kind of spacers I need. I bought a 98 TJ at an estate sale and it has 31"s on the stock Gambler Rims. What kind of spacers should I buy to keep the tires from rubbing inside the wheel well? Thanks.

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Unread 03-13-2008, 11:41 AM   #2
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You need 5x4.5 1.25" spacers, I'd strongly recommend spidertrax and not an ebay special as this is a part you do not want to fail.

W/ Free shipping:
http://www.northridge4x4.com/proddet...SPIDER-WHS-002

Although you should be able to run 31x10.5" tires on your wheels stock without any serious rubbing issues. You may just need to adjust the steering stops.
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Unread 03-13-2008, 12:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. Ya, it's not too bad, except when I'm pulling into parking spots and stuff. I prob could live with it, but I always enjoyed the tight turning radius of the jeep.
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Unread 03-13-2008, 12:54 PM   #4
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Got another question for you. I'm assuming I need these for all the wheels? The package comes in two's, that's why I'm asking. Also, is this a waste of $ if I'm gonna lift the jeep 2" or so?
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Unread 03-13-2008, 01:54 PM   #5
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Yea you need them front and rear. If it's just rubbing when you turn hard:
http://www.stu-offroad.com/steering/...teerstop-1.htm
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Unread 03-13-2008, 04:43 PM   #6
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Yea you need them front and rear. If it's just rubbing when you turn hard:
http://www.stu-offroad.com/steering/...teerstop-1.htm
Jim
^ Thats the steering stop adjustment mentioned earlier, you may try that first for 31s, most say it doesnt make a noticable difference in turning radius.

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Got another question for you. I'm assuming I need these for all the wheels? The package comes in two's, that's why I'm asking. Also, is this a waste of $ if I'm gonna lift the jeep 2" or so?
Yes you need them for all 4, so you need 2 sets of 2. They are not a waste for improvements down the road, lifting your Jeep wont stop the rubbing durring a turn and if you run larger tires you will NEED spacers or new wheels. Its also nice to have a little wider stance once you lift for better stability.
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Unread 03-13-2008, 05:43 PM   #7
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thanks again.
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Unread 03-13-2008, 06:17 PM   #8
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Learn to live with it. When it rubs, it's at low speed and you're not doing much damage. If you ever REALLY need that extra turning radius, it's OK to put up with the rub for a second. Don't bother with the steering stop washer.

As for spacers, Spidertrax are overrated and overpriced.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...76#post1880076
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showp...6&postcount=11

(Oh, and as for my opinion, I went with spacers)

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Unread 03-13-2008, 07:44 PM   #9
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T-6 Billet seems to be working just fine...

I got a set of 4 spacers (T-6 Billet aluminum) for ~$100 off of ebay, and they work just fine. Just make sure you are getting Good metal and they are milled not cast.
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