My hesitation comes from a couple sources. My dad has never liked them, and being that he taught me most everything I know about cars and mechanical things, I value his opinion.
Can't fault you on that one...
I thought I remembered Merrick's being hub centric.
Agreed, poopy if the bolt spins on you. Hadn't heard about that issue before. Seems legit enough for sure.
Another option, buy axles that are the width you want like we do in the go fast offroad world? Oh wait, nevermind...
Why is it that it's just assumed that in the go fast arena, 99% of the mods and parts you're making to your truck are completely custom and built to your requests and it's just common knowledge that nothing is going to fit right or work right out of the box. Yet in the jeep scene, everyone expects stuff to just fit right out of the box, be direct bolt in and be exactly what they want?
Not pointing this towards anyone but the width comment I made above just made me think of this. On my trucks, I just automatically assume I'm getting a custom axle built to my width and my specs. That's just the obvious very first choice. Yet in the jeep world, that's not an option. If it's not something you can order with a part number it's like it's not even an option. I wonder what that line of thought exists so differently between the two worlds... Like I said, not even remotely saying anything towards anyone but it's just funny cause I'd have ordered the axles to the width I wanted from the get go and spacers wouldn't have even been a thought, it's just how it is in my mind... Kinda funny how different that is.
For instance, I'm already looking at the rear of my expo wondering if i should go wider and the thought of spacers as a solution hadn't even once entered my mind. What entered my mind was I wonder what big bearing for 9" models out there exist that would be the width I wanted and if I screwed up already by dropping the money on the detroit. Then my next thought went to, wait, ford F150's have 8.8's in them, I wonder if they're 31 spline with the same center stuff. Could I have my 4.56 gears and detroit swapped over. I then go further of I wonder if any had disc brakes, how hard would it be to get back to a 5 x 4.5 lug pattern? All this is what went thru my mind last night looking at my expo widths. I just assume there's nothing quick and easy automatically like a spacer for some reason...
LOL and now with that said, crap!!! I kinda want to run wheel spacers in the rear but then I'd need to probably cut my fenders open more and rip apart the rear suspension again to cycle it to check. LOL (you see what just happened here? Damn you all!!!!)