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Old 09-21-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Quality Built Wheel Spacers...?

In your opinion who makes the best wheel spacers, and why?

Also, if you have wheel spacers on your jeep post some picks...please specify thickness, and tire size for everyone!

Some Examples: Spider Trax, Rugged Ridge, Alloy USA,

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this thread.

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All mentioned but spidertrex is most common.

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All mentioned but spidertrex is most common.
SpiderTrax it is!

Now I need to find a good price, and decent shipping arrangements.
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Tagging along. Let us know what you find!
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Tagging along. Let us know what you find!
Not a problem! I'm currently reviewing a few companies...going to dig a litter deeper on the quality and references.

I hope to find a site with some decent pricing.

I'll let you guys know in the next day or so which one I'm purchasing.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #6
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I am currently reviewing the following makers of wheel spacers, specifically 1.5":

Rugged Ridge

Alloy USA

Teraflex

Spidertrax

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If youre going to be using wheel spacers, i recommend bolt on. in my company, if you come in for any sort of work with a slip on, we'll do the work and hand them back to you in a bag, reason being that they are unsafe and dont allow for proper thread engagement
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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SpiderTrax 1.5"

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Old 09-21-2013, 08:16 PM   #9
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2 sets of Poison Spider 1.5" here, no complaints. They were just closing out the clear anodized pretty cheap with free shipping a few weeks ago.
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Morris sells a brand called Rough Trail, which sounds bogus, but they look just like the Spidertrax.
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Yep, im running the poison spyder 1.5 inch spacers. They were 80 bucks a pair, which is 20 dollars cheaper than spydertrax, and it was free shipping from Northridge. They are hub centric, which is the recommended kind of spacer. No problems so far
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265/70/17's with 1.75 spider trax spacers .. No problems here.. Already posted these pics for someone with a duratracs tire pic request .. Now this is a spacer request ..hope it helps

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Poison Spyder 1.5's on mine. Got em from Northridge4x4. No problems here.
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When I was on the subaru forums - everyone was very against recommending wheel spacers because they put a ton of strain on the wheel bearings.

Is this the same for Jeep? I had aftermarket wheels on my subaru which were the equivalent of having ~1/2" spacers - and my wheel bearings were all shot by 60,000 miles (it was also a lemon in very many other ways though).
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Spidertrax 1.5" with MT Sidebiters. Needed these cause I keep hitting suspension during big flex.
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Poison Spyder 1.5's on mine. Got em from Northridge4x4. No problems here.
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That minor change in wheel spacers just kicked your jeep up 5 notches. Looks awesome!!! I think that just solidified my decision! Putting in an order tomorrow from for some 1.5" spacers.

What Kind.....I guess will see.

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I bought my jeep in May as well!!!

Has anyone heard of this wheel bearing problem?????

Also, how much are wheel bearings on a jeep? Just incase I do have to get new ones.

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spacers or differnt offset wheels pretty much do the same thing as far as wear on unit bearings which suck anyway.but are easy to change. ive changed one out so far at 80k miles all of which were with aftermarket rims or spacers

i have run a set of spider trax for the last 4 years on current JK and 2 years on previous JK and they are the same set of spacers. only had one tire come loose once but thats cause i didnt torque lug nuts properly. i also tow a camper and boat with my jeep
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spacers or differnt offset wheels pretty much do the same thing as far as wear on unit bearings which suck anyway.but are easy to change. ive changed one out so far at 80k miles all of which were with aftermarket rims or spacers

i have run a set of spider trax for the last 4 years on current JK and 2 years on previous JK and they are the same set of spacers. only had one tire come loose once but thats cause i didnt torque lug nuts properly. i also tow a camper and boat with my jeep
Hey BeerMonkey,

What is the correct torque on the lug nuts?

Is it different for the spacers to the wheel studs, and the rim to the spacer?

Thanks for your help!
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spacers or differnt offset wheels pretty much do the same thing as far as wear on unit bearings which suck anyway.but are easy to change. ive changed one out so far at 80k miles all of which were with aftermarket rims or spacers

i have run a set of spider trax for the last 4 years on current JK and 2 years on previous JK and they are the same set of spacers. only had one tire come loose once but thats cause i didnt torque lug nuts properly. i also tow a camper and boat with my jeep
How much are parts to change wheel bearings? My subaru I was quoted $350 / wheel. What would a wrangler be for parts alone, and then parts + labor?

I'm thinking it's probably something I should be able to do on my own.
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How much are parts to change wheel bearings? My subaru I was quoted $350 / wheel. What would a wrangler be for parts alone, and then parts + labor?

I'm thinking it's probably something I should be able to do on my own.
You can get unit bearings from 70 bucks or so on up to 250. Just depends on what and where you buy.

Changing them out is easy enough to do
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:32 PM   #22
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Spidertrax spacers just installed 3 weeks ago. Torque to 90 as per instructions. Love them. Great mod for 200$
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Spidertrax spacers just installed 3 weeks ago. Torque to 90 as per instructions. Love them. Great mod for 200$
What size did you go with ? And any pics?
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I just installed my Spidertrax 1.5" Hub Centric. I love them!!! They made my vehicle look 10x better...I think this is the way the Wrangler ought to come from the factory! It took me exactly 1:30hrs to complete, which includes set up and clean up, and taking a couple of photos. The steering changed a bit...it takes a little more effort..but minor to turn. The car stays in the lanes easier. Overall vehicle feels as if it is a bit more steady.

Remember to take off the small, thin washers when installing the spacer on the original studs. The fronts had 2 washer tabs, and the back had at least 3-4 washer tabs on the rear wheels.
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In Summation,

I spent $235.00 to my door for 2 sets of 1.5" Spidertrax Wheel Spacers. The package contained thread-locker already, which is a plus. I removed one tire at a time, and found a couple thin metal washers around the original studs. A Teraflex video informed me to take these off as they could potentially get in the way of the spacer (Use Cutting Pliers). I cleaned off the studs, rotors and wheel to make sure nothing would stop the spacers from mounting flush, and release any obstructions on the studs. I put a fairly thin line of thread-locker liquid on each wheel stud. After placing the wheel spacer on the studs I hand tightened all the bolts (rounded side facing inside). Spidertrax suggests to torque each bolt with 90lbs. I than put on the wheel and hand bombed the bolts onto the wheel spacer studs (finish off with lightly tightening the bolts with a standard wrench. Drop the jack lift down, and finish off with a torque wrench at 90lbs.

Note: The parking break does not engage the front wheels, therefore when tightening the bolts on the spacer and wheel you'll have to have a buddy press the brake for you.

Lastly, after about 50miles (80kms) take the wheel off and check the bolts on the spacer using 80lbs. If the bolts move before you hear a click, you might want to take it off and re-apply thread locker....do the above steps over.
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1.5" spidertrax and over a year later everything is going great. I even go offroading and no trouble.
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If you want your front tires to not turn while working on your Jeep, put it in 4WD

For the record I have a 2012 JK, added Spidertrax 1.5" and it completely changed the ride of my Jeep. The handling was loose to say the least. I ran them for about 2 months. Decided to take them off to see if it was in my head or not and my tires were worn more on the inside, enough I noticed when I pulled the wheel off. Went back to stock and my JK rides much better. That's my experience maybe different then others. If anyone is interested I have 2 pair of spidertrax for sale.
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THUDDOME,

Thanks for the input! I'll make sure to monitor the tread levels and ride quality.

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