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post #1 of 8 Old 10-15-2019, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Alright I know this is a huge topic and there are people on both side. I have a 2005 Jeep WK and was looking into getting 1"-1.5" spacers to widen the stance or the ol gal. I've seen it done and it just makes them look way better imo. How much would it negatively effect everything? Is it worth it? Or is there another way of doing it?

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-16-2019, 08:06 AM
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Spacers or wheels with different specs (width, offset, or backspacing).

Spacers are fine, IF they are quality parts and used properly. My 1.25" spacers have been trouble free for a few years now. I have one pair from Bora and one from SpiderTrax. Both are good.
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I have a set of Rough Country 1 1/2" wheel spacers that are working well for me. Good quality stuff.
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A proper wheel spacer should be secured to the factory studs. The wheel then secures to the studs built into the hub centric spacer. If the spacers are well made with quality materials, they are no different than using a wheel with similar backspacing.

When people talk negatively about wheel spacers, I think they are referring to the type that push out the wheel and reuse the same studs and nuts. Those type hang on with much less thread and I think everyone will agree they are less safe. I've never heard of a proper wheel spacer failing that wasn't because of an improper installation. The only two times I've seen them fail was because the nuts backed out.
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Spacers will push your wheels out and increase the forces on the wheel bearings and cause premature failure. Especially with a lift and over-sized tires.

Wheel bearings are relatively easy to replace. (If originals are really stuck remove the whole knuckle and hit with a BFH and they'll pop right out, use never seize when reinstalling and easy next time)

Get ones with a lifetime warranty..

Torque spacers correctly.
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I've used both bolt on and slip on spacers on multiple vehicles for years without issues. Both are perfectly safe when used correctly and hazardous when used incorrectly, just like anything else. As others have said the increased strain on things like wheel bearings is no different from the equivalent offset rims.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-17-2019, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by TackleberryWK View Post
I have a set of Rough Country 1 1/2" wheel spacers that are working well for me. Good quality stuff.
Same here. About 50k miles and no problems. Also had them on my WJ and XJ. Get good quality, hub centric ones like spidertrax or rough country and you will be fine. Make sure you torque them to specs too.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-18-2019, 08:23 AM
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I've always considered spacers to be the 'bubba fix' - cheap and easy. I went with wheels (AEV Pintlers) that do the same thing.

I'm always glad to hear people say their spacers are working great- but they're not for me.
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