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Old 07-13-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Afternoon, all. I would like to get a more aggressive stance from the stock JK wheels. I'm planning to put some BF A/T's on soon, but I don't really want to mess with a lift right now to "beef it up". So, I'm thinking about 1.5" spacers to widen it a bit. Is anyone running with spacers? I searched thru the forum and didn't find what I was looking for, specifically: how much more wear can I expect on the ball-joints, and is there really a problem of the spacers coming loose at some point if I don't use Loctite and put at least 90 lbs. or torque on them? Any pros/cons I should consider? Thanks...

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Old 07-13-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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Spacers are ok when maintained. Use the loctite and retorque them every so often, usually during tire rotation is a good rule. Also don’t cheap out on them, they’re not all the same, their tensile strengths are different. I suggest Spidertrax in the 1.5” variety. Tons of people run them. I actually have never heard of a spacer failing. I run Synergy 1.75” spacers.

As for ball joint wear, I have had 35’s on for 10K miles or so and spacers for about 5K, no need for ball joints yet. All Jeeps are different, so YMMV

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I've had mine for a couple of months now. I have checked them twice and have not seen any loss of the original 90lb torque setting.



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Old 07-14-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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I ran them for a little over a year before getting new wheels. No issues at all with ball joints

Since I bought my 285/70/17's before I got my spacers I have a good before and after pics with the same tire/wheel combo to see the difference in stance

Before with stock wheels and GY MT/R w kevlar 285/70/17 tires



After with same tires/wheels with 1.5" Spacers

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Old 07-14-2012, 08:15 AM   #6
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I have spidertrax 1.5" spacers. No issues yet! *knock on wood*
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:20 AM   #7
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Afternoon, all. I would like to get a more aggressive stance from the stock JK wheels. I'm planning to put some BF A/T's on soon, but I don't really want to mess with a lift right now to "beef it up". So, I'm thinking about 1.5" spacers to widen it a bit. Is anyone running with spacers? I searched thru the forum and didn't find what I was looking for, specifically: how much more wear can I expect on the ball-joints, and is there really a problem of the spacers coming loose at some point if I don't use Loctite and put at least 90 lbs. or torque on them? Any pros/cons I should consider? Thanks...
Spacers are illegal in some states, and from what I've heard, it's a good thing, too.

I'm not saying spacers will fail, but they are something else to break. If I were you, I'd just get new wheels with an offset built into them...
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:30 AM   #8
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I have them on mine for a year now and have them checked everytime i rotate my tires (every 5k) im running spidertrax .no problems what so ever
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:43 PM   #9
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Have you noticed any handling changes on the pavement?

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