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Unread 06-01-2014, 06:58 AM   #1
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Wheel spacers

Just wondering what's peoples options on wheel spacers? Are they worth it or will I just be getting myself into trouble with them?

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Unread 06-01-2014, 07:37 AM   #2
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Why do you want them? Change of bolt pattern? Run wheels with high back spacing? Wider stance generally? You'll definitely get people here with negative things to say. Personally, if you buy high quality spacers, install them properly, don't end up with too low net back spacing, etc. I think you'll be fine. I run them on my XJ to use JK wheels and my daughter uses the XJ to drive back and forth to college. Wouldn't do that if I were concerned.
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Unread 06-01-2014, 08:26 AM   #3
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Why do you want them? Change of bolt pattern? Run wheels with high back spacing? Wider stance generally? You'll definitely get people here with negative things to say. Personally, if you buy high quality spacers, install them properly, don't end up with too low net back spacing, etc. I think you'll be fine. I run them on my XJ to use JK wheels and my daughter uses the XJ to drive back and forth to college. Wouldn't do that if I were concerned.
I just like the look of the jeeps with a wider stance, I'm using 10.5 inch wide tires now and I'd like them to stand out a bit more, rather then buy a brand new set if wider tires.
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I just like the look of the jeeps with a wider stance, I'm using 10.5 inch wide tires now and I'd like them to stand out a bit more, rather then buy a brand new set if wider tires.
What's the back spacing on your wheels?
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I'm not sure I just have the stock rims on a 2005 TJ
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I'm not sure I just have the stock rims on a 2005 TJ
Exactly which rims? Probably means 5-5.5" backspacing. Spacers will be 1.5" probably so that means net backpsacing in the 3.5-4.0" range. That's as low as I would want to go.
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http://www.wheelcollision.com/jp7.htm
This is the rim that is on my jeep, it's the stock rim for the jeep.
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Unread 06-01-2014, 05:42 PM   #8
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Actually that was a wrong link I can't find one, but 5-5.5 back spacing sounds about right
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unless the province you are in has a law against them. it is a matter of correct installation and quality of the part. Just more lug nuts behind the rim.
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Just wondering what's peoples options on wheel spacers? Are they worth it or will I just be getting myself into trouble with them?
I find it's more common for the JK guys to install Wheel Spacers to reduce backspacing, but there is no reason you can't use them on your TJ. You have to make sure you keep the spacers torqued properly at all times. Most recommend you check torque with every oil change.

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My setup: XK 07 Limited Hemi, 2" RR lift and shocks, JK Rubicon wheels (255/75 r17), 1.5" Spidertrax spacers...

Put these on 85,000 miles ago. Holy cow, did not realize it was that many miles...
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TJs came with 5.5" backspace. TJ Rubis came with 5.0" backspace.

Wheel spacers are 1.25" to 1.50" which will compare to a 4.25 to 4.5 after market rim.
4 wheel spacers... $200.00 4 steel rims... $400.00

All wheel spacers are sold/advertised with this disclaimer... "for off road use".
They do that because the trend is for states to legislate wheel spacers illegal for road use.
Many states already have made them illegal.
They also do that because IF you have a problem they want you to accept the responsibility/liability.

$200.00 for rims will keep you legal. I cannot imagine why anyone wants the liability risk.
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TJs came with 5.5" backspace. TJ Rubis came with 5.0" backspace.

Wheel spacers are 1.25" to 1.50" which will compare to a 4.25 to 4.5 after market rim.
4 wheel spacers... $200.00 4 steel rims... $400.00

All wheel spacers are sold/advertised with this disclaimer... "for off road use".
They do that because the trend is for states to legislate wheel spacers illegal for road use.
Many states already have made them illegal.
They also do that because IF you have a problem they want you to accept the responsibility/liability.

$200.00 for rims will keep you legal. I cannot imagine why anyone wants the liability risk.
Because running cheap 200 wheels is not an appealing idea?
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Just wondering what's peoples options on wheel spacers? Are they worth it or will I just be getting myself into trouble with them?
Here's my experience. I like the aluminum rims I have and plan on eventually going to 35" tires, so I installed a set of Spidertrax 1.5" spacers about 1000 miles ago.

My front tires were rubbing the front sway bar when disconnected in the parked position (Tereflex kit).

I have checked them 3 times since and they are tight. Love them! Wheeled hard 8 weekends in a row! No probs and the stance is perfect.

Just my 2 cents...
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Unread 06-16-2014, 09:09 PM   #15
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Because running cheap 200 wheels is not an appealing idea?
$200.00 for spacers
$400.00 for rims
$200.00 gets you legal steel rims.
$200.00 saving opens you up to liability.

Which is more appealing?
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