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Old 10-29-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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Stock Rims w/Spacers or New Wheels?

Can't decide here. I actually really like the look and size of the stock rims, as the contrasting silver jumps out a little more than say a black/chrome wheel, which most are. However, I have concerns long term with the spacers.

My wife and kids will be in the JK throughout the week for work, school, etc., and not saying that something would happen, but the spacers seem to call for a bit more maintenance and headache than just placing a typical wheel on with the proper backspacing. I do use blue and black Locktite on my Harley when wrenching, and once you use the Red, its basically on there forever unless you break out a torch. But still something to think about.

I could also use the extra wheel money to save for my new bumper, but want to do it up right the first time and spend the money wisely and not do things twice.

By the way, I'm installing the RK 2.5 Stock Mod here in the next week or so, and that's one of sthe reasons for the 'upgrade'.

Anyone else caught in this dilemma? If so, what was the outcome?

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Old 10-29-2011, 11:58 PM   #2
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I think you answered your own Q. If you like the wheels you have then buy a quality hub-centric set of spacers for 200 bones & locktite & properly torque them on. Drive with no worries.

Whether you move them out with backspacing or spacers, it puts the same added stress to your bearings.

If money were no object I'd just get new wheels tho. Fun to be different.

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Old 10-30-2011, 11:08 AM   #3
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I'm running rubi wheels with spidertrax spacers....and I'm digging it!
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:37 AM   #4
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Wink Ok!

285 an 11" max and you should be OK with stock wheels!
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:44 PM   #5
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Just went through the same thing. I opted for wheel spacers and as mentioned before, if installed properly you should have no worries. My set up is;

285/70/17 GoodYear Duratracs on stock wheel
1.5" Spidertrax wheel spacer
Daystar 2" front / .75" rear spacer lift

I love the way it turned out and drives. Hope this helps!!!

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Old 10-30-2011, 01:03 PM   #6
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i did wheel spacers as well
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:45 PM   #7
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Need Spacers?

Im putting 275/70/18 on my stock JKU rims. with a BB 2in Terra flex leveling kit ( 2inch Front 1inch Rear) you think Ill need spacers or am I safe?
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:28 PM   #8
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Put Duratrac 285/70 17's on today (w a 2" spacer lift) and backing out of the tire-bay and turing sharp, Rub, Rub, Rub

Pulled back in and got new wheels w/ 4" offset.

Cannot pass inspection around here with spacers installed
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:33 PM   #9
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New wheels are a no brainer.. Spacers are a last resort kind of think
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:53 PM   #10
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I liked the look of the stocks also. I have 1 1/2 " spacers and run 315/70/17's with a 3 1/2" lift.
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I liked the look of the stocks also. I have 1 1/2 " spacers and run 315/70/17's with a 3 1/2" lift.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:44 PM   #13
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Another forum member gave me his spacers for my stock 2011 JKU-R. Once the first one went on and I saw the comparison to stock....

Thanks again J.R.!
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Just went through the same thing. I opted for wheel spacers and as mentioned before, if installed properly you should have no worries. My set up is;

285/70/17 GoodYear Duratracs on stock wheel
1.5" Spidertrax wheel spacer
Daystar 2" front / .75" rear spacer lift

I love the way it turned out and drives. Hope this helps!!!

I love your pic, could you run the same set up without the lifts??

Thanks,
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I love your pic, could you run the same set up without the lifts??

Thanks,
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Yes, but he'd still need the wheel spacers to prevent rubbing on turns, and the tires will hit his fender flares if he flexes at all off road. The lift prevents the latter issue.
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Another problem with spacers is--


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I love your pic, could you run the same set up without the lifts??

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If you keep same bumpers and don't do any "LIFT" and the 33" tires are actually--NEAR 33" installed, you'll rub the hell outta the front fender on full turns and it'll sound like dual poker cards on your Bike spokes !!

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Even with my Stubby's?
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Even with my Stubby's?
The end of the stubbys, is right where my Big Hankooks, would probably hit !

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Another forum member gave me his spacers for my stock 2011 JKU-R. Once the first one went on and I saw the comparison to stock....

Thanks again J.R.!
no problem buddy. when are you taking me to that trail you found??
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no problem buddy. when are you taking me to that trail you found??
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