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Unread 11-17-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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wheele spacers!!!

need you guys feed back on wheele spacers. i am running a 31x10.5 butt i want a wider track on my cj5 should i get a 31x12.5 tire or add some 2 inch spacers what are the pros and cons.

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Unread 11-17-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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Will the tyres fit your rims?

The wider tyre you will be 2" wider overall but the inside of the tyre is now 1" nearer the frame and suspension, have you got the space? It depends on the backspacing of the wheels you already have. They are also a wide tyres for a CJ, not a major issue as such.

Spacers will give you more backspacing but you can achieve the same with new wheels. I have some on Bagusjeep and they work OK, but the 31" tyres are now well out past the fenders. That meant extending the flares.

In terms of cost the spacers will be the cheapest option but get some properly made ones, not the eBay made in china.

Pictures below. I think the spacers are about 1 1/2". Wheels are unknown. Tyres are 31x10.5 M/T
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Unread 11-17-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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that looks really good the thing is the tires are pretty much brand new on eagle aloy rims thats y i gave the spacer option a try.
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Unread 11-17-2014, 10:07 PM   #4
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With spacers, you put more stress on your wheel bearings. Not a huge issue, just be aware and take the time to make sure all is properly greased. Shouldn't have much trouble I wouldn't think.

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Unread 11-18-2014, 08:15 AM   #5
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Have we really established that? Intuitively I believe that to be true also, but how would spacers be any different than changing the backspacing on your wheels?

Or would you be doing the same thing?

Enquiring minds (well half of one anyways) want to know!
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Hmm, good question. I'm just going by the info I was given when I changed my backspacing on my 3/4 ton truck to allow me to run 15" tires. Much bearing failure with multiple manufactures until I returned to 16" and a reasonable backspace. I may have been misled. Dunno....

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Anything that adds leverage to the side load on the wheelbearing is going to shorten its life. It doesn't matter if it's wheel spacers or a wheel with more less backspacing.

How much shorter though? I would think it depends on too many factors to accurately give a number.
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I just priced out good spacers for mine..........as I am in sort of the same boat.......good quality spacers...approx 400 dollars......good quality steel rims...approx 230.......

I also agree it causes more bearing load.....but how much leverage do you get with a 1 inch pry bar......I would venture to guess a 5 percent reduction in life and increase in load factor would be a extreme worst case.

My 3/4 ton truck uses a dually rear end,non dually truck, with 3/8ths spacers to make up for the lack of a second rim for lug nut depth from the factory....I would guess virtually zero difference in bearing life....one inch can not be that much more.
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I have 4 Rugged Ridge spacers 1.5" that i will be taking off of mine this weekend. $100 + shipping.

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I just priced out good spacers for mine..........as I am in sort of the same boat.......good quality spacers...approx 400 dollars......good quality steel rims...approx 230.......
$400? Huh? Spidertrax, which are considered some of the best spacers, are $99.99 for a pair at Q-tec.

These are what I've run for 3 years without any issues.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/92807_002.htm

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I run the spidertrax on mine narrow track axles and I'm very pleased. Since I wanted to keep the OEM Laredo wheels, new wheels with deeper back spacing was not an option. $200 & about 20min and I was done.


Then only con I've found is that I couldn't use the OEM center caps for the front wheels due to the locker hubs. The spacer placed the new lug studs right next to the bolts for the hub body. There are picks in my build thread.
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$400? Huh? Spidertrax, which are considered some of the best spacers, are $99.99 for a pair at Q-tec.

These are what I've run for 3 years without any issues.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/92807_002.htm

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My bad..."adapters", not spacers, just looked and spacers are considerably cheaper than adapters.......
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I have run Spidertrax on multiple Jeeps (old JKUR, CJ7, 2 TJs, soon my LJ, and the Commander I just sold) over the years and currently have them on my Scrambler (wanted to keep narrow track axles and factory 15x8s and have 35x12.50s on it.) Never a problem.
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