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post #1 of 17 Old 04-10-2011, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel Spacers??? How do you guys feel about them?

Myself and a few of my friends have a interest in Wheel Spacers. However each of us disagree's as to their worth. I personally believe that although they can help to fill out those wide flares, they can also be potentially more deadly to your wheel bearings.

How do you guys feel? Have you had good experiences, or bad? What brands do you feel are quality?

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-10-2011, 08:07 PM
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Well heres my opinion on them. Wheel spacers are more dangerous simply because you now have twice as many lug nuts you need to tighten down. If you dont meticulously tighten each one it could loosen up without you noticing. As far as the damage caused to the hubs go, it is just the same as using a rim with less back spacing. Either way the hub is going to be put under more strain. If you are trying to accommodate wider tires then I say its a necessary evil, but if you just want to push your stock tires out farther I say it probably isnt the best of ideas.

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Well heres my opinion on them. Wheel spacers are more dangerous simply because you now have twice as many lug nuts you need to tighten down. If you dont meticulously tighten each one it could loosen up without you noticing. As far as the damage caused to the hubs go, it is just the same as using a rim with less back spacing. Either way the hub is going to be put under more strain. If you are trying to accommodate wider tires then I say its a necessary evil, but if you just want to push your stock tires out farther I say it probably isnt the best of ideas.

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I've never run them or run with anyone who has, but personally I wouldn't use them. I just don't feel they are all that safe in the long run. it puts more force on the bearings and studs, potentially more force on the suspension as well (though on that i guess full widths would too so thats probably a moot point). Also as stated its that much extra maintenance to remember to do. I just don't think i could ever bring myself to trust them. and definitely not on a front application. I could see all sorts of issues with the steering, stock unit bearings, tire wear, etc

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Using good wheel spacers (Spidertrax) is no different than using differently backspaced wheels. The spacers get bolted to the stock lugs, red locktite and then torqued to spec. The wheel is attached to the lugs on the spacer. The same force is applied to bearings and components as would be applied with a differently backspaced wheel. There is zero extra maintenance to do since checking torque will break the locktite and you have to start over again.

I have had zero issues with mine, never checked the torque after the initial install, no issues with loosening or having alignments or anything else done.
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It seems the consensus is only buy them if you NEED them. Having them on for show does no good. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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I've never run them or run with anyone who has, but personally I wouldn't use them. I just don't feel they are all that safe in the long run. it puts more force on the bearings and studs, potentially more force on the suspension as well (though on that i guess full widths would too so thats probably a moot point). Also as stated its that much extra maintenance to remember to do. I just don't think i could ever bring myself to trust them. and definitely not on a front application. I could see all sorts of issues with the steering, stock unit bearings, tire wear, etc
How do you feel about running wheels with less than stock back spacing?

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Using good wheel spacers (Spidertrax) is no different than using differently backspaced wheels. The spacers get bolted to the stock lugs, red locktite and then torqued to spec. The wheel is attached to the lugs on the spacer. The same force is applied to bearings and components as would be applied with a differently backspaced wheel. There is zero extra maintenance to do since checking torque will break the locktite and you have to start over again.

I have had zero issues with mine, never checked the torque after the initial install, no issues with loosening or having alignments or anything else done.
Same here, and I use spacers from Rough Country! Going on 2 years now.
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There really a non issue if installed properly, some shops won't install wheels if you have spacers. IMO spacers are fine on a jeep, but I would not use them on a heavy duty truck that routinely carries heavy loads, I know when I owned a super duty it was a big issue to not use them, but on most vehicles it's a non-issue.

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Where I live the big tire shop will not touch a vehicle with spacers, but I know them so they marked off-road use only in the computer

I bought my jeep with wheel spacers and wider flares... didnt even notice until I got home. I knew that jeep looked good though. I want to take them off because the extra width ruins my fitting on four wheeler trails and I have had to replace so many things to make it not have death wobble after I lifted it. I believe these parts wore prematurely due to the spacers, but im still running them because It dont have the money for tube fenders and It looks really funny with them off.

I would never buy them, but im running them. Locktite has not let me down yet.

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I wasn't sure about spacers either but I have a buddy that has an 05 duramax 2500 with 41 irocks 12" lift and everything banks pushing about 600hp and 1100lb and he has ran spacers for over 4 years now no prob this is also his work truck that he hauls his landscaping equipment with
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I ran 2" wheel spacers on My Super Duty with 41" IROKs and air lockers front and rear with no issues. Ran them for 6 years. If installed properly and checked from time to time they are not a problem. One thing they will do is put more stress on front wheel bearings on a big heavy truck like I had and can shorten the life of bearings. Put them on properly with loc-tite and torque per specs.

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Just kinda thinking out loud, but I wonder with spacers and stock wheels, versus aftermarket wheels with a lot of offset, makes any difference on wear and tear of suspension components?

Like I posted earlier I'M running the spacers with stock Rubicon wheels with 35's for almost 2 years now and aprox 15,000 miles with no ill effect so far, and yes I do go off road about once a month.
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The suspension issue is non existent, unless you stuck 6" spacers on each side. There is no way a 1.5" spacer/adapter could make that much of a difference to the suspension via its marginal extra leverage.
I run them on my JK Rubi axles, to allow me to run 5 on 4.5 wheels, which are everywhere and cheap. Never had a single issue.

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Ide only recommend them if your trying to run 14"+ wide tires and not use new axles or buy new rims to avoid rub issues
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