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Old 07-06-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Are wheel spacers just so absolutely dangerous that I shouldn't even consider getting them? I have a stock suspension with 31x10x15's and don't plan on lifting it. I just like the look of a little wider stance than what is currently on it. It's also my DD. Thoughts?

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No they are not absolutely dangerous. However, many wheel spacers are barely less expensive than new aftermarket wheels that have less backspacing that position them further out.

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I have an 02 sport with the stock canyon wheels, which i really like the looks of. If you know off hand, the backspacing on my stock wheels, what would the backspacing need to be if I went with a different, aftermarket wheel? Thanks for the response.
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Most factory Jeep wheels have 5.5" of backspacing with a few having 5.25". The less backspacing a wheel has, the more it protrudes from the wheel well. So a 15x8 wheel with 4.5" of backspacing will protrude out of the wheel well 1" further than a wheel with 5.5" of backspacing will.

Most aftermarket 15" wheels with the Jeep's 5x4.5" bolt pattern have between 3.25" and 4.5" of backspacing so any of those will create a wider stance. The least amount of backspacing I'd ever go with is 3.75" which is very common with most 15" aluminum wheels.
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I have the Spydertrax aluminum hubcentric spacers. They secure to the hub with the axles studs and you use the nuts that come with the spacer kit. The wheel secures to the spacer with studs that are built into the spacer itself. Then you use the lug nuts you've been using on those studs.

Works pretty good. I'd definately check the bolts though after each wheeling trip... and that can become a pain cuz you have to take the wheels off to do that. I have 2.75" backspacing (a 4" backspaced wheel plus the 1.25" spydertrax spacers). I'll go through more unit bearings though because of this but I'm okay with that. I need the clearance.
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Why do you need that much clearance, 2.75" of backspacing, ygohome?

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