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Unread 10-31-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Wheel Spacers or Crager Soft 8s??

New to this and I just purchased a 2008 liberty and found in the snow the stance feels really narrow and unstable.
I'm wondering if I should get wheel spacers or Cragar soft 8 wheels?
What's the difference between the two and how they affect the jeep?
Which would be better for stability?

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Unread 10-31-2013, 11:56 AM   #2
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Already answered elsewhere
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are you lifted or not
must know to give a full complete answer since unlifted Soft 8s will rub since they will be out further

Like mentioned over there BETTER TIREs first
stock tires are junk in snow/ wet roads/ dry roads / mud/ grass.......................
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Unread 10-31-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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What tires do you have currently? I think your best bet is to spend money on good tires than wasting it on spacers. IMO I would never put spacers on a vehicle.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 12:15 PM   #4
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I asked on LOST but will here as well, what are you coming from? Have you ever owned a Jeep or similar vehicle before?
I would guess that the little higher COG is throwing you off more than needing a wider stance you just need more seat time
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Unread 11-05-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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Sorry for the delayed reply. I use to drive an Audi A3 which has the same wheel base as the KK, so that definitely threw me off at first.
I am currently driving Falken Rocky Mountain ATS tires 225/75/r16 on a non lifted kk, so after reading what you guys have been saying I definitely agree that I should probably get some new tires rather than spacers or cragars.

So in that case could I get away with 265/70/r16 or even 275/70/r16? I have read forums where people with non lifted kks have put on 275/70/r16 without any rubbing so I am curious about these tires because they seem to be wider and provide a more stable feel.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 08:01 PM   #6
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245/70-16, yes, but I don't think the 265/70-16(isn't that pretty much the same size as a 245/75-16? If so you're gonna need some lift), 275/70-16 I doubt. I think that's closer to a 32" tire, and that'll need about 4" of lift, maybe a little more.

Honestly, I think it's the higher center of gravity. It's a Jeep, not a sports car, so your driving style needs to be adjusted as such. It's a lot harder to roll an A3 compared to our Jeeps.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 01:37 PM   #7
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Your best bet is going with a 245-70-16
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Unread 11-06-2013, 04:41 PM   #8
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where are you located? I don't understand people tht say their truck is more stable with larger tire IN SNOW. I guess we're not having the same kind of snow. Just get some real winter/snow tire, stock size.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 03:56 PM   #9
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where are you located? I don't understand people tht say their truck is more stable with larger tire IN SNOW. I guess we're not having the same kind of snow. Just get some real winter/snow tire, stock size.
I live in Colorado but I don't have a truck and was not talking about a truck at all, I agree with you though that doesn't make any sense haha
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Unread 11-14-2013, 09:49 AM   #10
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That coefficient of friction thing is a tricky concept to grasp!
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