Wheel Spacers throw off balance?? - JeepForum.com

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post #1 of 2 Old 01-05-2014, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel Spacers throw off balance??

So for Christmas I bought myself rough country 1.5" wheel spacers off extremeterrain.com. I put them on correctly and the install went well. I correctly loosened the lugs, jacked it up and loosed the lugs all the way. I removed the wheel, cleaned the hub, and put on the spacers. I put the wheel back on and correctly tightened the lugs in a star patten, removed the jack and tightened completely in a star pattern. 95 ft-lbs of torque. All four where done the same way. The day was warm, about 62 degrees. The balance was completely fine on that day. The next day a storm moves through and the temp drops to 6 degrees and about 4 inches of snow fall. I went out to have some drifting and donut fun only to find my wheel balance to be completely off and a death wobble at 30mph. At this point I'm really pissed off. I took my jeep back to my garage and expected the worse. Except I had found that my lugs were not even finger tight. I simply retorqued the lugs back to 95 in a star pattern. Balance problem fixed!!!! I believe what happened was the metal shrunk slightly in the cold weather and drifting and donuts loosed them. If this happens to you after wheel spacers, the problem is the lugs need to be tightened. Don't think you need $300 for a balance and realignment!! Hope this helps

Last edited by aminne; 08-20-2014 at 04:04 PM.
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-07-2014, 11:20 PM
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Buy a lottery ticket Thankfully you weren't on the highway when a wheel came off. Good advice!

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