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post #1 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel Spacers

I know the argument that they are not highly suggested. That they put more stress on the wheel bearings. Then on the other hand I see that people have used them with no trouble at all. So I am interested in widening my stance but I don't have the money to upgrade to a set of WT or full width axles right now. If I swap axles I would want at a set of dana 44s. With regear and rebuilding I just don't have the funding. So.......I am looking to the cheap and temperary solution. Wheel Spacers. Will there be a big difference between 1 1/4", 1 1/2" and 2" spacers? I know I have read to stick with the "name brands" like Spidertrax. So, I guess I am looking for "name brands" that make these sizes. I understand sticking with "name brands". In the jeep world you do get what you pay for in alot but not all things. Are there any other "brand name" that are also worthing of mentioning? I see spacers on the e-bay and wonder what the difference is, ex: CJ JEEP 5X5.50 Wheel Spacer Adapter 2.00 Inch 2 Pcs.:eBay Motors (item 390102844331 end time Oct-16-09 07:36:13 PDT)
Or: CJ JEEP 5X5.50 Wheel Spacer Adapter 1.50 Inch 2 Pcs.:eBay Motors (item 370257393707 end time Oct-08-09 06:25:58 PDT)
I know 4wd.com sells spidertrax and are 1 1/4" spacers. Where have people bought from and were happy with? Also, what size are you using? Sorry so long and thanks for the help.


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post #2 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 08:16 PM
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Wheel spacers are what they are.... I have run them for at least three years and have not had a bit of trouble with them. I have only seen one failure to date ( and I work at a 4x4 shop). It was due to a wheel sud that had sheered holding on to the spacer. It didnt help that the guy was running 37" swampers..... If properly torqued and you check them often you should have no problems with them. It would be like running a wheel with less backspacing.
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post #3 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 08:23 PM
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generally the difference is name brand spacers are "hubcentric"

for the price you pay on a set of quality spacers... you could get a set of soft 8s with less backspacing and get the same effect. or do both and get really wide.
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I know the argument that they are not highly suggested. That they put more stress on the wheel bearings. Then on the other hand I see that people have used them with no trouble at all. So I am interested in widening my stance but I don't have the money to upgrade to a set of WT or full width axles right now. If I swap axles I would want at a set of dana 44s. With regear and rebuilding I just don't have the funding. So.......I am looking to the cheap and temperary solution. Wheel Spacers. Will there be a big difference between 1 1/4", 1 1/2" and 2" spacers? I know I have read to stick with the "name brands" like Spidertrax. So, I guess I am looking for "name brands" that make these sizes. I understand sticking with "name brands". In the jeep world you do get what you pay for in alot but not all things. Are there any other "brand name" that are also worthing of mentioning? I see spacers on the e-bay and wonder what the difference is, ex: CJ JEEP 5X5.50 Wheel Spacer Adapter 2.00 Inch 2 Pcs.:eBay Motors (item 390102844331 end time Oct-16-09 07:36:13 PDT)
Or: CJ JEEP 5X5.50 Wheel Spacer Adapter 1.50 Inch 2 Pcs.:eBay Motors (item 370257393707 end time Oct-08-09 06:25:58 PDT)
I know 4wd.com sells spidertrax and are 1 1/4" spacers. Where have people bought from and were happy with? Also, what size are you using? Sorry so long and thanks for the help.
I ran 2" spacers with 15x10" steel wagons and 33's and then stepped up to 35's on 15x10" outlaw II rims which actually weighed less than the 33 set up. I had no problems and the 15x10 with the 2" spacer put you wider then a wide trac with 15x8... If you click my profile you'll see a pic of my jeep with the spacers and wheels on. I bought mine off ebay for $130 for 4 shipped to my door. Made from the same space crap as spider trax etc. Trail sport aslo has a decent price on spacers. I haven't had an issue. Just torque them down gradually to 100ft lbs with loctite and you good to go. I just check mine each year when I repack the bearings. Never had one loose. Also My tires stuck out an 1.5" outside my TJ flares. Went down to a 1.5" spacer and with the 15x10 with a 4"BS I stick out about an inch from the flares.

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post #5 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 08:28 PM
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Wheel spacers put no more stress on wheel bearings(or any part of the axle), than wheels with less backspacing, I went with spidertrax spacers, they are hub-centric, double anodized, and machined from a solid chunk of 6061-T6 aluminum, making them quite strong.

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post #6 of 19 Old 10-06-2009, 11:29 PM
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The PO of my cj put a wide track on the front and left the narrow track on the back. It looked and drove funky, especially in ruts.

I put 2 inch wheel spacers on about 3 years ago and havent had any issues. I bought a generic brand off of ebay for about 100 bucks.

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post #7 of 19 Old 10-07-2009, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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What does hub-centric mean?

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Hub centric uses the hub to locate the wheel position. Lug centric uses the lug nuts and lugs to center the wheel.

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post #9 of 19 Old 10-07-2009, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the explanantion. I guess I am having a hard time picturing the difference. Does anyone have a picture showing the difference? I'd like to but the correct set. Thanks.

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post #10 of 19 Old 10-07-2009, 10:02 AM
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I have the Spidertrax spacers on mine. If you go to their website they have a tab for "outlet", which takes you to Ebay. They sell their blemished spacers on there. Nothing wrong with them other than the color has a run in it or they have a scratch and are fully warranted. I called them and they don't always have the CJ spacers on Ebay but if you're patient they usually show up the following week, when they get a batch back from the company that does their anodizing.

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OllivegreenCJ7---Do you have any pics of the front shaved TJ fender flares on your rig? Also, do you have any head on pics so I can see how far the tires stick out? You have about the same setup I will have after I add the wheel spacers and fender flares I haven't installed yet. I tried to PM you but you're full.

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OllivegreenCJ7---Do you have any pics of the front shaved TJ fender flares on your rig? Also, do you have any head on pics so I can see how far the tires stick out? You have about the same setup I will have after I add the wheel spacers and fender flares I haven't installed yet. I tried to PM you but you're full.
Sorry about that emptied it out. Pm me your email and I'll send you some.


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post #14 of 19 Old 10-08-2009, 06:18 PM
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I just orderd mine today. Will be putting them on tomorow! I got 1.25'' toplines.

1977 cj7...... strait 6 .... 3"sus. lift and 1"BL ..... Sway bars ...... ramsey winch....1.25'' topline spacers....after market axles, wish i knew what they were though
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Can you take before/after pics from the front? I've thought about doing this and I'd love to see the difference.

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