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Unread 10-03-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Wheel Spacers

I have almost finished my CJ7 for the time being. I put Michelin 16inchX9inch X35 Military tires on it. I am running a 350 Chev motor with a SM465 transmission. Lots of power to the wheels. I am now getting the tires touching on the springs during a tight turn. How serious an issue is it with running a spacer system to set the wheels out a bit furthur? I am being told by the doom a gloom crowd that it will ruin the wheel bearings. Any one here with some personal experience with running the spacers?

Also they are sold as pairs. Would it be ok to run them in the front and leave the back wheels at the narrower width?


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Unread 10-03-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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Blue2,

Spacers are a hotly debated topic, as I'm sure you've discovered. Here's what I know.

I've ran 1-1/4" spacers for 15K miles with both 31x10.50s and 32x11.50s, with 10x15 rims. My handling improved with the wider wheelbase. Tires and bearings have worn normally. No adverse affects, whatsoever.

Just buy high quality, like Spidertrax, and check the lugs periodically, and you'll be fine.

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Unread 10-03-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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I run 2" spacers with 15x10 rims and wheel with 35"s. I had a wheel bearing fail but that I believe was more from a leaky seal. Stability increased obviously and turning radius has been effected to badly. I am using mine as a temp thing. Working on my axle swap. It's taking longer than initially expected but that's the way life is I guess.
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Unread 10-03-2012, 05:19 PM   #4
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I have Spidertrax 1.25" Wheel Spacers. Handling and turning radius improved. I have zero complaints. A little pricier than the other brands, but with this type of potential danger if there's a catastrohic failure, I wouldn't try and save the extra $20.

http://www.spidertrax.com/Jeep-1-25-...category=10001
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Unread 10-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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If you are running lots of power I would run Scout 2 Dana 44 axles.
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Unread 10-03-2012, 07:01 PM   #6
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Thank-you for the responses. I don't have a heavy foot on the gas . Scour II or Bronco axles may be an option in the future but I will stay with the stock Jeep AMC 20 for now. I did upgrade to the one piece axles in the rear .
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Unread 10-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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but your Dana 30 front axle ahas the small Ujoints upgrading both the front and rear axle might be better in the long run.

Dana 44 front wide track ,big U-joint,30 spline axles, more stable
Dana 44 rear or Ford 9" wide track one piece axle shafts
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Unread 10-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #8
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When I can find a set of Dana 44s for the front and back I will get them to have as an option but until my stock gear flies to pieces I will run it. I have put as much money into my Jeep this year as I can swing for the time being.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #9
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If ur looking for future axle swaps. I'll throw mine in there for thoughts. I'm swapping in a Waggie 44 an will buy an Isuzu/Honda 44 for the rear. width wise it's a good match, 30 spline ( I think or 31). Discs brakes with parking brake and same lug pattern. Relatively cheap. I swapped the gears out of a Honda 4.30 into the Waggie axle. Thick gears so I didn't have to buy a carrier. Then I'll buy another to install in the rear to match. Downfall is the rear is a littl quirky. But for price and ease it's worth it to me.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 08:15 PM   #10
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I am using the spidertrax till I get a set of tons built and ready to go in.

they have worked fine for me.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #11
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I am using the spidertrax till I get a set of tons built and ready to go in.

they have worked fine for me.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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Ran 1.5 spacers for over two years with 35". Just swapped in wt's. Tore down the old axles for parts everything was in great shape.
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Unread 10-06-2012, 01:55 AM   #13
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It's funny, many of the guys who badmouth spacers, and claim they are bad on wheel bearings, or are dangerous on the road, bla bla bla....are the same guys running ridiculously lifted rigs with 38" tires.

Irony at it's best.

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Unread 03-02-2013, 07:38 PM   #14
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I know this a pretty old post but I was reading and have a question. I have 1 piece axles in my AMC 20 rear, just installed 1.5" spacers, and now there is a 1.5" gap between the wheel and end of the axle. Did any of you guys that use the spacers use any type of center cap or something on the rear? Pics?
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Unread 03-03-2013, 08:49 AM   #15
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Re: Wheel Spacers

Why not just adjust your steering stops on the knuckles then they won't rub when turning.

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