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Old 06-11-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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Smile Wheel Spacers

I'd like y'all opinion on wheel spacers? Are they worth a 100 bucks for looks and performance?

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Wheel spacers are illegal in some states. Performance? A better solution would be wheels with proper backspacing, those will not come loose and require no maintenance. Yes, spacers will give the jeep a wider stance so they may look better with the right wheel/tire combination. However, if the tire sticks out too far beyond the fender flare you may get ticketed for that as well. Most spacers have an installation manual that you can download ahead of the purchase to see what they are about. Some claim that you cannot install them and run them on a public way. Others require you to check them at some interval that is way less than normal oil change intervals when you normally may rotate tires and verify wheel security. There is a reason that they state for off road use only in the directions.

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Old 06-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #3
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I just picked up some 2" wheel spacers. I have 4.5" of lift and I wasn't liking how my wheels looked all tucked in. Here's some before and after pics. Eventually I'll buy new rims with the offset I want but for now, these work.

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Old 06-12-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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Wheel spacers are illegal in some states. Performance? A better solution would be wheels with proper backspacing, those will not come loose and require no maintenance. Yes, spacers will give the jeep a wider stance so they may look better with the right wheel/tire combination. However, if the tire sticks out too far beyond the fender flare you may get ticketed for that as well. Most spacers have an installation manual that you can download ahead of the purchase to see what they are about. Some claim that you cannot install them and run them on a public way. Others require you to check them at some interval that is way less than normal oil change intervals when you normally may rotate tires and verify wheel security. There is a reason that they state for off road use only in the directions.
"wheels with proper backspacing". Thanks for the help now I just need to find the right wheels.
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I have a 91 Y J it has wheels that the P.O. put on it they are stock wheels from a newer jeep but they have a very noticeable back spacing I think they really cool looking.
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I have a 91 Y J it has wheels that the P.O. put on it they are stock wheels from a newer jeep but they have a very noticeable back spacing I think they really cool looking.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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I had a set once on my SAS f150 and couldn't get them to stay tight even with locktite.

So I just picked up a set of 16.5x14 withv3" of back spacing to get the stance I wanted.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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My wheel already have a pretty good backspacing on them the stick out about 2 inches without wheel spacers and then I have inch and 1/4 wheel spaces and now the stick out a good 4 inches they look awesome and stay tight!
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My wheel already have a pretty good backspacing on them the stick out about 2 inches without wheel spacers and then I have inch and 1/4 wheel spaces and now the stick out a good 4 inches they look awesome and stay tight!
Sharp looking Jeep man!
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Usually people put spacers on or put wheels on with less (me thinks this is correct logic) backspacing when they put tires on that are wider than stock. In this situation the tires will contact the hard parts of the jeep or the flares if the tire diameter has increased. In the case of increased diameter the solution is a lift. In the case of wide tires the solution is proper backspacing. In my opinion putting the tires out further without using wider tires makes the jeep look funny. With a wider tire it makes the jeep look more aggressive. Translate: without the wider tires it makes the jeep look a little "girly man". ....the opposite effect of beefy......just sayin'




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And this link is why the topic of backspacing confounds me.
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Sharp looking Jeep man!
Thank you! It's actually my first car too! Never getting rid of it either!
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And this link is why the topic of backspacing confounds me.
So what size of tires/wheels are the best for a jeep with a 3'' lift? Keep in mind that wider aggressive tire me likes
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So what size of tires/wheels are the best for a jeep with a 3'' lift? Keep in mind that wider aggressive tire me likes
I'd go like 33" x 12.50 BFG mt km2's

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