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Unread 05-11-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Wheel Spacer Advice

Hey guys. Just bought 4 spidertrax wheel spacers to help eliminate the rub between my tires and front long arms. I'm thinking this will be a great Sunday activity however I am looking for advice that any of you guys have learned when putting yours on. Keep in mind the spacers came with lock tite. Also I don't have a torque wrench and have heard that 90lbs is where you want to be at. How critical is hitting this mark as oppose to just putting the lug nuts on as tight as possible?

Thanks for the help guys.

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Unread 05-11-2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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Hey guys. Just bought 4 spidertrax wheel spacers to help eliminate the rub between my tires and front long arms. I'm thinking this will be a great Sunday activity however I am looking for advice that any of you guys have learned when putting yours on. Keep in mind the spacers came with lock tite. Also I don't have a torque wrench and have heard that 90lbs is where you want to be at. How critical is hitting this mark as oppose to just putting the lug nuts on as tight as possible?

Thanks for the help guys.
Very critical, you want all the nuts torqued to the same value.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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I ran Spidertrax for 20k+ with no issues. I installed and maintained them in the following way.

- Removed wheels and cleaned the WMS
- Applied anti-seize to the WMS and back of spacer, small drop of red locktite on the studs
- Installed spacer and torqued to 100ft lbs
- Installed wheels and torqued to spec
- After 300 miles I took the same torque wrench, set it to 95 lf lbs and tested each spacer nut (does not break the locktite this way)
- Checked with the same method at each oil change
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Unread 05-12-2013, 08:06 AM   #4
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good lord another one?

get a torq wrench! you would be amazed about how many things you need it for.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 08:47 AM   #5
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You don't need a torque wrench just slap those puppies on there it's not like they hold the wheel on or anything like that, o wait that is what they do u may wanna follow the install procedure for safety sake.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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I used a 1.25" pair on the back for few years to offset a Warn Hub Conv in front. I just set the impact wrench at 2 of 1-2-3 (like I have for 15+ yrs) and hunkered down all 10 on each side, never torqued them. I just verified the inner 5 were tight every time I took the wheel off for some reason. Do what you want, just saying...
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Unread 05-13-2013, 09:15 AM   #7
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Very critical, you want all the nuts torqued to the same value.
And in the ball park of the correct value.
Proper and even tensile stress on the lug bolt threads is the key to them not coming loose! JMO.
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..... How critical is hitting this mark as oppose to just putting the lug nuts on as tight as possible?.
Too tight is not good either. Can warp the brake rotors.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:06 PM   #8
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I used a 1.25" pair on the back for few years to offset a Warn Hub Conv in front. I just set the impact wrench at 2 of 1-2-3 (like I have for 15+ yrs) and hunkered down all 10 on each side, never torqued them. I just verified the inner 5 were tight every time I took the wheel off for some reason. Do what you want, just saying...
Always that one guy.

This guy ^ may have just been lucky. OP, buy a torque wrench, follow the instructions, check them every service interval. When you do it right, you know it's done right and don't have a second thought about it working how it's suppose to.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 03:52 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of you who had sincere advice. I'll be purchasing a torque wrench this week and get the job done right.
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