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Old 04-23-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Pros and Cons with wheel spacers

After doing the 2.5" lift on mine, I get different suggestions on whether to get bigger tires with spacers or not get too big tires and not use spacers.

Some people tell me that rather not get the spacers since they put more stress on the nuts since it holds the spaces and wheels. Others claim it adds more stress to the bearings and joints.

what you guys think?

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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Lots of threads on this.

You missed option number 3: New wheels with less backspacing.

In any event, properly installed high quality wheel spacers don't put any more stress on anything than do wheels with the same backspacing.

The only downside is that they're a maintenance item. You've got to check them when you rotate your tires. There are also some tire shops that won't do any work on your jeep while they're installed.

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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After doing the 2.5" lift on mine, I get different suggestions on whether to get bigger tires with spacers or not get too big tires and not use spacers.

Some people tell me that rather not get the spacers since they put more stress on the nuts since it holds the spaces and wheels. Others claim it adds more stress to the bearings and joints.

what you guys think?
A hub centric spacer puts a minute bit more stress on the bearings, but not enough to be worried about. Go foe good quality like spider trax.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Like Txrdstr said, if you go with wheel spacers get quality spacers like Spidertrax. I ran these and never had any problems. I installed them with loctit and checked them every tire rotation (they never moved). Spidertrax will run about $200 bucks for 4, or you can get some steel wheels with 4.5 backspacing for about the same money.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:02 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, heard about some shops refusing to work on them if they have spacers. damn.
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