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post #1 of 44 Old 12-30-2012, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Wheel spacers

Looking to put 1 3/4" Spidertrax wheel spacers on my Call of Duty. Reason being is to get a slightly wider profile look (barely outside the fender flares). It came with BFG mud terrains and I think I'm OK with those tires.

Any downside to the wheel spacers?


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post #2 of 44 Old 12-30-2012, 09:30 AM
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faster wear of front end parts.
easier to bend the c"s or tubes(if used hard).
Its a matter of leverage.

once the tires start to stick out it will toss alot of everything everwhere. Im at 3.75 back space, about as wide as you can get. helps off road in off camber. makes it harder to push through some rock areas that are narrow.

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Any pics?

I'm probably not going to be doing any rock crawling, just two tracking, some mud and snow.

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faster wear of front end parts.
easier to bend the c"s or tubes(if used hard).
Its a matter of leverage.

once the tires start to stick out it will toss alot of everything everwhere. Im at 3.75 back space, about as wide as you can get. helps off road in off camber. makes it harder to push through some rock areas that are narrow.

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You will be fine with those spacers. I had the 1.5" spacers and never had any problems on or off the road, other than some slight rubbing at full lock. But I was running 37" MTRs on stock wheels. Now I have 3.5" of BS and no problems. Make sure you use the red loctite, which comes with them, and torque them to the specified torque...I think it is 100 lbs/ft. I did see somewhere on this forum where a guy put the nuts on backwards? Just make sure you put the beveled edge towards the spacer and flat edge out towards the wheel.


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Thanks for the advice and the help!

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I run spacers on stock rubi wheels and it makes the stance look that much better. Like others said you will throw up more debris. The rear flares and hinges will take most of the damage from rocks being flung up.

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Exactly what I was looking for. Do you have any pics of front and rear view?

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faster wear of front end parts.
easier to bend the c"s or tubes(if used hard).
Its a matter of leverage.

once the tires start to stick out it will toss alot of everything everwhere. Im at 3.75 back space, about as wide as you can get. helps off road in off camber. makes it harder to push through some rock areas that are narrow.
I would expand on the first half of his post. Proper bolt on spacers add no more leverage than wheels with the same end backspacing. Any addition stress the drivetrain would experience is no different between spacers or new wheels.

The others are all right that if you widen the stance you will get more debris as the fenders aren't perfectly plumb. With a 4door the rear bottom hinge will catch tons of dirt and rocks.

Not nitpicking on 222Doc in particular, but I see the misconception that spacers are somehow inherently more damaging to a vehicle than wheels that do the same job. Properly installed bolt on spacers are perfectly safe. Those non bolted spacers that just gap your wheel and rotor are extremely dangerous and should never be used.

I recently sold a 2005 TJ with the spidertrax spacers on it. I used that jeep for both daily driving, 2/3 of which were highway, and offroading through mud, sand, and washed out dirt trails. The spacers never failed, nor did any of the drivetrain components. I've seen numerous people on this forum in the TJ forum running for over 10 years.

The biggest downside to spacers? tire shops who are deathly afraid of them.
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The biggest downside to spacers? tire shops who are deathly afraid of them.
That, and people who just throw them on and never check them because the 'red locktite' should keep them on. Then when they fail its the spacers fault

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I have the 1.5 spacers on my stock rubi. I'll get you a picture tomorrow. Been wheeling with them no issues, but make sure you check and recheck them to assure they are tight. Also i don't know about other places but i was told that anything over a 1/4 inch here and they will not pass inspection. Not really an issue since you can take them off easily, or maybe it won't be an issue where you live.
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I have the 1.5 spacers on my stock rubi. I'll get you a picture tomorrow. Been wheeling with them no issues, but make sure you check and recheck them to assure they are tight. Also i don't know about other places but i was told that anything over a 1/4 inch here and they will not pass inspection. Not really an issue since you can take them off easily, or maybe it won't be an issue where you live.
Here in Manitoba, Canada tires must be fully covered by fenders or flares

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Exactly what I was looking for. Do you have any pics of front and rear view?
I had spacers on my stock Sahara wheels and ran it for about 6k miles. No problems at all. Here are pics when it sat that way.
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Forgot to say I ran spidertrax with 275/70/18... 33x11.5 MTRK's
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Thanks for the pics. That's the look I was hoping for!

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I had spacers on my stock Sahara wheels and ran it for about 6k miles. No problems at all. Here are pics when it sat that way.

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I would expand on the first half of his post. Proper bolt on spacers add no more leverage than wheels with the same end backspacing. Any addition stress the drivetrain would experience is no different between spacers or new wheels.

The others are all right that if you widen the stance you will get more debris as the fenders aren't perfectly plumb. With a 4door the rear bottom hinge will catch tons of dirt and rocks.

Not nitpicking on 222Doc in particular, but I see the misconception that spacers are somehow inherently more damaging to a vehicle than wheels that do the same job. Properly installed bolt on spacers are perfectly safe. Those non bolted spacers that just gap your wheel and rotor are extremely dangerous and should never be used.

I recently sold a 2005 TJ with the spidertrax spacers on it. I used that jeep for both daily driving, 2/3 of which were highway, and offroading through mud, sand, and washed out dirt trails. The spacers never failed, nor did any of the drivetrain components. I've seen numerous people on this forum in the TJ forum running for over 10 years.

The biggest downside to spacers? tire shops who are deathly afraid of them.
never said it added more than off set rims. Anything widder will cause more wear at ball joints etc. I do not care if add spacers or rims.


He asked what IS, compared to stock in 50K miles you will be replacing things sooner. To the guy with the 37 on a 012, first thing to go will be the factory ball joints. tie rods. Just give it time.

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