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post #1 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel Spacers

I Want To Put 2'' Wheel Spacers On All Four Corners Of My Jeep,how Many Of You Guy's Done This, And How Are They Working Out For You.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-19-2007, 01:26 AM
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I Want To Put 2'' Wheel Spacers On All Four Corners Of My Jeep,how Many Of You Guy's Done This, And How Are They Working Out For You.
I put 2 inch billet spacers on mine.

I got less than 100 yards after locking in the front before I broke a u-joint on the outer axle. I continued in 2WD. A day later, but only a half dozen miles of wheeling, I broke the other side of the same diff when the backing plate broke off the knuckle.

I needed at least an inch of clearance to keep the tires off the springs, and the inner metal in the rear. Got 2 inch spacers because if a little is good, more 'should' be better.

Spacers are NOT in my future ever again.

On a related subject can anyone explain how a negative backspace on new wheels would have any different effect on putting too much stress and strain on bearings, seals, u-joints in the axles, or the shafts themselves?

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I ran them front and back for three years. Still have them on the rear. Make sure they stay tight. A little locktight (Blue I think) is good here. The biggest issue I had was on the front. The extra leverage on the steering system made it harder to steer when locked in (locker in front). I never broke anything, just hard to steer even with power steering. I put a narrowed Waggy Dana 44 in front about a year ago. I broke an axle the first trip out. Go figure.

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Have had 2" spacers on the rear for 4 years without incident. Never tried them up front though.

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I have them on front and rear, been offroad with them and have never had any issues.

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post #6 of 12 Old 01-19-2007, 12:57 PM
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2 inch spacers front and rear. daily driven and weekend wheeled for six months with no problems.

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I have 1.75" spidertrax on my 80 CJ with zero issues. I have had them for two years. I wheel the snot out of it and haven't busted anything major. I find it hard to believe that wheel spacers are going to add that much extra danger for breakage. The only thing I have heard is they are a little harder on wheel bearings, and even that to me is not believable.

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I put 2 inch billet spacers on mine.

I got less than 100 yards after locking in the front before I broke a u-joint on the outer axle.
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100 yards of what kind of wheeling or terrain?
I would probably say you had other issues going on to break like that. IMO

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100 yards of what kind of wheeling or terrain?
I would probably say you had other issues going on to break like that. IMO
I agree... and I'm not entirely sure the spacers were the direct cause of the failures... but I AM convinced the spacers placing EXTRA strain on perhaps already weakened bearings, bushings, u-joints, and shafts and accelerated the demise. Who can say that without spacers it wouldn't have taken a dump sooner or later, but I find it ironic that the spacers were the only change in a well running front end for so many years.

There is no doubt in my mind that moving the wheel/tire/unsprung weight out a total of 4 inches had some major effect on everything in between.

Oh, 'ya I wheel the snot out of it ! And fix something every trip!

I'm also still unconvinced whether negative backspaced wheels would make one iota of difference. Anyone with feelings there? How can negative backspacing be any different than spacers? (Before I buy some new negative backspaced wheels to find out)

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At least with (-) backspacing, there is one less component to worry about breaking, one less set of bolts to worry about coming loose, etc. They will be better, but as you mentioned, the increased wear on the components, increased tire scuff, and decreased steering leverage will be the same.

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Well I go to Moab and wheel hard about 6 times a year and I have broken one front u-jount. I have had the wheel spacers on for 2 years and put on several thousand miles. I'm not a skinny pedal smasher but I don't baby the thing either. I just don't think the extra stress is all that, but that is just what I have found, others may have found different.

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wheel spacers are not going to put extra stress on the shafts or u-joints. There will be added stress on the wheel bearings, spindles and ball joints. The amount of that stress is going to depend on the weight of your vehicle and the size and weigh of your tire & wheel combo.
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