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Unread 06-26-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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For those who have wheel spacers.

I know there a debated subject so I'm looking for people who have them. I'm looking at Rugged Ridge 1.25 spacers. I know Spidertrax are very good, but I happen to have gift cards to Summit Racing and could get them for around the same price. Any problem using these?

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/rgg-1520102/overview/

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Unread 06-26-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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I have rugged ridge 1.5s for about 3 months now, no issues so far...
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Unread 06-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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I used eBay ones. 10k miles no problems 1.25 inch (on a cj7)


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Unread 06-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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ebay here too, no worries
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Unread 06-26-2013, 08:45 PM   #5
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3 years on 1.25" RC spacers with 33x12.5s on soft 8s, no issues, I use blue thread locker on the spacer nuts and torque the lug nuts normally, works perfectly well.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 10:08 PM   #6
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I think where the problems occur is when you go bigger with the tire. As you move the rim out more leverage is applied to the hub and studs. With bigger tires this is compounded with the leverage already created. Yes I have seen them fail, would I use them no because I have lost a wheel before due to stud failure off road and if it had been on the highway the results would have been catastrophic.... Jon
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Unread 06-26-2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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I think where the problems occur is when you go bigger with the tire. As you move the rim out more leverage is applied to the hub and studs. With bigger tires this is compounded with the leverage already created. Yes I have seen them fail, would I use them no because I have lost a wheel before due to stud failure off road and if it had been on the highway the results would have been catastrophic.... Jon
Ahhhh. I know this has been debated. Kinda why I said " People WITH wheel spacers" So tell me what the difference is from a wheel with 4" backspacing and a wheel with 5.5 and a 1.5" spacer, leverage wise? Given the spacer is high quality using grade 8 bolts...
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Unread 06-27-2013, 07:48 AM   #8
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I think where the problems occur is when you go bigger with the tire. As you move the rim out more leverage is applied to the hub and studs. With bigger tires this is compounded with the leverage already created. Yes I have seen them fail, would I use them no because I have lost a wheel before due to stud failure off road and if it had been on the highway the results would have been catastrophic.... Jon
Tire size doesn't make any difference, the stock tires are 29", even if you go to 35"s that's a 6" difference, 3" from spacer to tread, and with a 35" tire, close to 3" wider too, leverage is created by backspacing, not circumference.

If you use a well designed spacer, torque and maintain properly, you won't have any trouble.

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Unread 06-27-2013, 01:15 PM   #9
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I ran spacers on my Jeep w/ 2.5" BS beadlocks and 37" tires for a couple years. I bent a few axles, but with how I use the Jeep they would have bent with or w/o the spacers. No spacer related issues for me.
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Unread 06-28-2013, 01:35 AM   #10
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I'm looking at the Zone 3" kit. Not sure about 32" or 33" tires yet. Zone says to use 3.75 backspacing with 33". That seems pretty far. My wheels are 5.5" backspacing and I have 1.25-1.5" from tire to rear coil with a 30x9.5 wide tire. If I added a 1.25 spacer and went with a 33x12.5 that would almost make me where I am now, just about 1" from the coil right? With 32x11.5 I will for sure be fine with a 1.25 spacer. I don't need 3.75 backspacing right? I'll be at 4.25 with the spacer.
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Unread 06-28-2013, 07:31 AM   #11
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3.75" bs with a 1.25" spacer makes 2.5" bs. and 3.75" may not be enough with 33x12.5s, It's not about hitting the coil or flexing into the spring/shock tower, it's about rubbing at full stop when turning, you can adjust your steering stops to limit your turning radius, but why limit your Jeep when spacers will keep your radius.

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Unread 06-30-2013, 09:19 AM   #12
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Tire size doesn't make any difference, the stock tires are 29", even if you go to 35"s that's a 6" difference, 3" from spacer to tread, and with a 35" tire, close to 3" wider too, leverage is created by backspacing, not circumference.

If you use a well designed spacer, torque and maintain properly, you won't have any trouble.

in a static situation, this is correct. but the wheels have a very dynamic load placed on them. a large diameter tire will put more leverage on the lug in any sort of off camber, turning, or side load situation. so, in fact a larger tire will compound the leverage already added to the factory studs by the spacers and wider wheels.


that being said, i've ran 1.5" ebay spacers on my off road ZJ with anywhere from 31-36" tires without issue in some pretty harsh off road conditions.
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