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Old 12-07-2010, 02:38 PM   #1
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Spacers & Tire Mounting

Folks,

My wife, so I'm told, is planning on buying me a set of Spidertrax 1.5" spacers for the holidays. She's a good gal.

I've seen mentions on the forum suggesting some (many? most?) tire shops won't mount tires on vehicles with spacers. Rather, the shops will apparently only install the tire on the wheel, leaving you to go home and put the wheel on the Jeep yourself.

Does anyone with spacers actually know if this is true? Have you been turned away from local tire shops because of your spacers? If you don't have spacers, have you actually been told this first-hand by someone in a tire shop? It strikes me as ludicrous, but I've seen it mentioned.

Thanks,
Mike

PS. I understand the mechanical concerns and so on with spacers, but I like my wheels and will keep a close eye on them, so there's no need to stear the thread into the spacers v. no spacers debate. Thanks again.

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Old 12-07-2010, 02:42 PM   #2
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I've done a lot of business with a tire shop here in NorBay and the manager told me he'd have no qualms, mounting my tires/wheels after they had mtd/balanced them--

Of course I told him "thanx" but I always do my own-

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Old 12-07-2010, 02:49 PM   #3
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You have spacers Jimbo? I thought for sure you just had upgraded the wheels so as to account for the proper backspacing.
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Well, they're not really SPACERS--They're ADAPTERS and-


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You have spacers Jimbo? I thought for sure you just had upgraded the wheels so as to account for the proper backspacing.
The ProComp wheels had 4.5" backspace and I wasn't going to buy 5 new ones , because I needed wheels with about 3" backspace to sit even with my Bushwackers, matter of fact they don't make the ProComp 8089's in 3" backspace except "special order" $$$-no thankls

I've used adapters before and they're fine-just gotta checkem when new and then on each tire rotation-

Where-ever you are, call and ask some of your tire shops and see if they have a problem mounting wheels if you have Adapters/spacers--don't mix up with the old aluminum spacers-with just holes inem-no good !

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Old 12-07-2010, 04:02 PM   #5
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Hi,

Bought our 2011 Wrangler last month,

DEALER Installed

1 3/4 spacers:
Wrangler MT/R w/Kevlar 35 x 12.5 x 17

Suffered the death wobble my first day (we never took delivery of the vehicle, left it there for the mods).

now they are installing Dual Steering stabalizer shocks....said it would fix it....
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:31 PM   #6
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I've seen mentions on the forum suggesting some (many? most?) tire shops won't mount tires on vehicles with spacers. Rather, the shops will apparently only install the tire on the wheel, leaving you to go home and put the wheel on the Jeep yourself.

Does anyone with spacers actually know if this is true?
I've heard some bigger establishments don't want to take on the liability. I'm sure you'd be able to find a local tire shop or shop that does tires (among other services) to mount your tires for you. Ask around ahead of time if you want to be sure.

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Hi,

Bought our 2011 Wrangler last month,

DEALER Installed

1 3/4 spacers:
Wrangler MT/R w/Kevlar 35 x 12.5 x 17

Suffered the death wobble my first day (we never took delivery of the vehicle, left it there for the mods).

now they are installing Dual Steering stabalizer shocks....said it would fix it....
If that's all that was modded with the Jeep, I'd venture to guess that it wasn't really death wobble, but maybe tire balancing issue. And if it was a classic case of death wobble, a steering stabalizer might soften the effects, but it won't fix it.
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:36 PM   #7
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You didn't ask me, but-

Even with short spring spacers like that (I assume on the coil springs), your Caster is WAY minimum and who knows what the (toe-in) is, the dual stabilizers will just wear your steering box out sooner !

JIMBO

I assumed the coils, and I already answered you about the wheels (adapter/spacers), please forget this post !!
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Hi,

Bought our 2011 Wrangler last month,

DEALER Installed

1 3/4 spacers:
Wrangler MT/R w/Kevlar 35 x 12.5 x 17

Suffered the death wobble my first day (we never took delivery of the vehicle, left it there for the mods).

now they are installing Dual Steering stabalizer shocks....said it would fix it....
Are we talking about different kinds of "spacers"?

I'm talking about the spacers that go between your disc and your wheel, so as to push the tires farther out to the sides and create a wider vehicle stance. I think you're talking about shock/spring spacers, that go over your springs to create a small lift and raise the Jeep higher off the ground.

Mine would make the Jeep wider, yours would make the Jeep taller.

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