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post #1 of 106 Old 06-19-2010, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Tire fell off going down the road.. Wheel spacer failure?

So im driving down the road and the jeep starts going all over the place like death wobble, and i look out the window and my tire is wobbling like crazy and lugnuts are flying off ...then the tire shoots off and goes flying into the woods about 100 feet down the road... meanwhile im going down the road at 40 with three tires, so i tap the brakes and she dives right, and goes off the road.. phew.. finally its over.. jeep is in the ditch, minus a tire.

Damage:
-put a flat spot on my brand new rotor
-wallowed out my wheel lug holes
- One of the lugs on my spacers is sheared right off.

Im not sure how this couldve happenned.. i just put on the WJ brakes conversion and torqued everything afterwards, i even double checked them on friday. everything was tight. .

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luckily it was just me and the dog in the jeep at the time, we are both fine just a little shell shocked. so could it be that the spacer failed which caused this chain of events to occur?
why else would the tire come off when i had just torqued all the bolts.. also it wallowed the heck out of my rim holes.. so they must have been tight. i am planning on calling the company to talk to someone.


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post #2 of 106 Old 06-19-2010, 06:10 PM
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Good that your ok! I know that feeling... when I had a few axles break on my old D35.That is one reason I have never cared for wheel spacers, period!
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jesus thats pretty rough...if you torque'd everything to specs than idk
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it looks to me like the stud that broke was the only one that was tight and the others were loose
or came loose.
the lug holes in your rim will only wallow out if there is movement(ie loose nuts)
I don't see any failure of the spacer,only one broken stud and some wear from the loose wheel.
not sure about the cause.
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could i put new studs in and reuse the body of the spacer for now? after this im buying some new wheels..

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You used the wrong kind of lugnuts for your wheel combination. The same thing happened on one of my rigs with spacers.
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could i put new studs in and reuse the body of the spacer for now? after this im buying some new wheels..
I probably wouldn't re use a part that catastrophically failed causing your tire to fall off.

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Not sure what happened, but that toaster oven is SWEEETTT....


Kinda weird "shine" pattern on the remaining lugs: I'll go with the "only one tight" theory..
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Makes me want to go check the torque on my Spidertrax spacers and rims...Glad your ok... Would be interested if you find out what led to failure!


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I probably wouldn't re use a part that catastrophically failed causing your tire to fall off.
lol ditto.Could have possibly put the wrong lug nuts on(as stated before).Wheel spacers are bad news,I don't care who tells you their not,adding extra leverage on wheel bearings,ball joints,spindles, lug nuts and other things is not a good idea with wheels spacers,it's bound to fail.

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yea was rethinking that, def not using the old ones.. talked to the wife, im getting new rims for fathers day! still planning on contacting spidertrax though, i want to hear what they say... as far as lug nuts, i used the ones they supplied in the kit, and the stock ones for the wheel.

as far as only 1 being tight.. yea maybe they loosened, but they were tight on friday.. torqued them myself.
i wish i could go back and watch it in slow motion.. i would love to know what really happenned to it.

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sounds like something my ex girlfriend did..........

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my vote would be loose lugnuts. wallowed out holes would be a very good indication of that. maybe you did tightened them, maybe they wernt sitting flush, maybe someone loosened them up on you etc. If it were the wheel spacer, the wheel spacer would be bolted to the wheel off in the woods still


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My left rear wheel came off a few months ago doing about forty, scared the bejesus out of me. Still unsure of the cause, bu it did the same damage, wallowed out the wheel, smoothed out the rotor, tore the fender flair off and dented the rear panel.

Only thing we could come up with, was possibly some kids messing around the campground the night before, as I had spent the last two days wheeling.

Rest assured, i know check my lug nuts more often. interesting theory about possibly having the wrong lugnuts.

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What exactly did you torque the spacers and the lugnut to (how tight in ft/lbs)?

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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
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