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Old 12-14-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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Spacers on a stock Rubicon?

I did a search for spacers on here but was a bit overwhelmed with all the talk about tires, lifts and what not.

I just purchased a 2013 2-door jeep rubicon and was loving the look of it until I joined the forum lol. I didn't realize how much better jeeps look with their tires off set... for me anyway.

Being a complete noob (I came from a hybrid haha), would 2 inch spacers have an impact on my stock Rubicon?

I don't plan to mod much (right now anyway), aside from small things I can do to make it look better. So far I've just tinted and got a 13" stubby antenna.

I was looking at these: Amazon.com: 4 Jeep Wrangler Wheel Spacers Adapters 2 inch thick fits ALL Jeep Wrangler JK Models: Automotive

Also, would this be something I could take to any tire place to have installed?

Thanks in advanced for any input/advice! Sorry if this is one of those questions asked a million times.

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Old 12-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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It's generally accepted that 1.5" Spidertrax are the best. Yes, people run them, with stock tires. There is anecdotal evidence that it increases wear on the ball joints, but nothing scientific.

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It's generally accepted that 1.5" Spidertrax are the best. Yes, people run them, with stock tires. There is anecdotal evidence that it increases wear on the ball joints, but nothing scientific.
I agree with this. However, I don't agree with adding spacers strictly for the "look". They serve a purpose regarding offset if you run a different tire or wheel/ tire combinations, if you then need them. If you want to have to torque your wheels every couple of thousand miles or so, some do more some less, then get the Spidertrax (hubcentric) 1.5" spacers like daggo recommended. I have stock Rubicon muds and wheels and I think they look fine the way they are. I wouldn't add spacers on a stock set up, but that's my opinion. If you want an opinion I recommend that you leave it alone if you're keeping the stock tires and wheels.
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They will work fine at 1.5", just make sure you use a torque wrench and the proper thread locking product. If you don't know what you are doing, find competent help, your life requires it.
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Ditto on the Spidertrax....great product and I had a set on my old Grand Cherokee. Just make sure to torque and check often and use loctite.

Perfectly safe and you get a wider stance with the Jeep....made it feel more sure-footed on off camber situations.
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Ditto on the Spidertrax....great product and I had a set on my old Grand Cherokee. Just make sure to torque and check often and use loctite.

Perfectly safe and you get a wider stance with the Jeep....made it feel more sure-footed on off camber situations.
Thanks. What do you mean check often? I mean, what signs should I be checking for to ensure they're properly on?
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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Ditto on not using wheel spacers for looks. For that matter, don't use them at all.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #8
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Whether you add spacers, or new wheels with say 3:75 backspacing, both add additional stress to the ball joints and wheel bearings. But most run them without any problem.

If you go with spacers, keep them torqued!

They may negatively effect your warranty, if they cause or contribute to a failure, please keep that in mind!
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:00 PM   #9
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I have them with stock Rubi wheels/tires so I can run chains, the 1.5 Spidertrax. I wouldn't do it just for looks but hey, I have bad taste in everything so don't take my word on it
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Thanks. What do you mean check often? I mean, what signs should I be checking for to ensure they're properly on?
Means that you need a torque wrench and have to periodically torque/tighten the lug nuts. You actually don't see anything, unless of course it's too late and one of your tires passes you on the highway. That's why if you go that route you have to do periodic maintenance. I stick with my recommendation that you don't go that route on a stock set up.
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I'm too lazy and too much of a chicken to run spacers. I know I would not check the torque often enough and eventually a wheel would pass me going down the street.
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Means that you need a torque wrench and have to periodically torque/tighten the lug nuts. You actually don't see anything, unless of course it's too late and one of your tires passes you on the highway. That's why if you go that route you have to do periodic maintenance. I stick with my recommendation that you don't go that route on a stock set up.
It's a good thing I joined and asked because I definitely don't think it's worth me checking often. Thanks for all the advice!
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IF you install a hubcentric spacer like SpiderTrax properly (torqued to spec with LockTite) then why all the fear of having one fall off? Honestly, do you install your wheels on your hubs with LockTite and torque them to specs?

If you want to run them (and NO, they put no more stress on your driveline and suspension components than aftermarket wheels) then run them. Every time you rotate your tires (you do rotate your tires right?) just check them. Make it really easy and after the initial installation, just mark the lugnut with a paint pen...if the paint marks don't time up then you need to pull it off, clean the threads, and re-install with LockTite and a torque wrench.

I would add that if they were so dangerous, and had such a propensity to "fall off" then I can promise you that they wouldn't be D.O.T. legal.
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... just mark the lugnut with a paint pen...if the paint marks don't time up then you need to pull it off, clean the threads, and re-install with LockTite and a torque wrench.
This is the way to do it. Constantly re-checking torque on bolts with a wrench is very bad, that's why you use paint "witness lines".
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I would add that if they were so dangerous, and had such a propensity to "fall off" then I can promise you that they wouldn't be D.O.T. legal.
They may not be legal in all states and many tire dealers will not service vehicles that have them.
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From the spidertrax website Q&A

2. Street Legal


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2. Street Legal
Wheel spacers and adapters fall in a gray area under current legislation as the Department of Transportation (DOT) does not regulate this type of product. No existing federal law says wheel spacers and adapters are illegal for on-road use, however local inspection offices do have the authority to say otherwise.

In either case, due to the nature of products that we sell, all products Spidertrax Off-Road designs and manufactures are intended for off-road use only.

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