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Old 04-03-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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How does everyone feel about putting wheel spacers with bigger wheels? Recommendations on a good brand?

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Old 04-03-2014, 08:22 PM   #2
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When I wanted to put wheel spacer they told me it wasn't a good idea since you would put pressure in you lugs...

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Old 04-03-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Ive researched this topic quite extensively. Bottom line: Buy wheels with a good offset. Try to avoid wheel spacers if you can.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:21 PM   #4
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I've been running 1.5 inch wheel spacers for 9 years with no problem. If you like your current wheels they are a good option.
Of course they add a second set of nuts and you have to be sure to torque them down properly and use locktite on the threads. Mine have never loosened up or caused any issue whatsoever and I'm completely happy with them.
That said, if you aren't particularly fond of your current wheels, by all means buy some with less back spacing instead. Then you'll have less parts on your rig to worry about.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:07 AM   #5
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Thank you for the advise and info. The tires and rims are brand new and I really like them. They only rub when I turn sharp. I also think that having them stick out looks pretty cool.
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Thank you for the advise and info. The tires and rims are brand new and I really like them. They only rub when I turn sharp. I also think that having them stick out looks pretty cool.
If they only rub when turning sharp, you just need to add a few washers behind your steering stop bolts so you slightly limit how far your wheels can turn. You won't even notice the slight decrease in turning radius, and it will stop the front tires from rubbing on the control arms.

In case you don't know where these are, they are circled in the picture below. The steering stops are a bolt with a nut welded on to them. There is one on each side. You just back out the bolt and add washers under the welded on nut until you get enough length to stop the tires from rubbing at full lock. Super easy to do as you won't even need to remove your tire or jack up the vehicle to reach the stops.
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How does everyone feel about putting wheel spacers with bigger wheels? Recommendations on a good brand?
I've read a lot about spacers as well. At first I though they would stress suspension components, but after further research, there is no real evidence of that. As long as you keep them torqued with oil changes, you're good to go.

I personally like the Rough Country 1.5" Wheel Spacers. They're a high grade aluminum, hub centric spacer and you're not paying for the name like some other brands. Let me know if you have any questions or would like a quote!

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:15 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your input and education. Upon further examination I have discovered that all I was rubbing on was that air spoiler that is beneath the front bumper. Easy fix.....Remove it.
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When you said bigger wheels I assume you mean bigger tires too. Often factory wheels don't have enough back spacing for tires much bigger than stock. That's where spacers can help. If you're going with after market wheels too, it's easier to buy with good back spacing so you don't have to use spacers to accommodate larger tires. I ran spacers for a while an had no problems.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:15 PM   #10
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I really like the XD Spy wheels in two tone. Since they come in a 5x5 and not a 5x4.5 I'm assuming wheel spacers are my only option.

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