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Old 02-23-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Wheel Spacers Question

Hello everyone. I just bought a TereFlex 2.5'' Lift Kit with Shock Adapters off of quadratec.com and 35'' tires for my jeep. I was wondering if wheel spacers were needed or what the purpose of them are. I have been looking up Jeeps that have the 2.5'' lift with 35'' tires and 1.5'' spacers and it looks great. I have been shopping for the spacers, but it seems like they only come in a pair. I would need two pairs, right? I wouldn't want to have the front tires spaced and the back not, correct? Sorry, I'm just now learning about all the things you can do to a Jeep. I've had mine since 2007 and today I decided it's time to play around with it. Thanks guys!

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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Yah, you need two pair. Unless you like that 80's hot wheels dragster look where the back tires stick out wider than the front.

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:41 AM   #3
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But they aren't needed? It just brings the tires out for a wider look? Can anyone post pictures of their Jeep with wheel spacers?
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If you're using your stock wheels, you need the spacers, otherwise your rear tires will make contact with the sway bar link bolts.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:40 AM   #5
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This ^^

Well really just the rear I believe. But that would look odd with only the back tires sticking out.
The sway bar link runs close to the wheel in the rear.
Get yourself some quality spacers like SpiderTrax that are hub centric and be done.
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And...you must absolutely remove the flimsy stock lug retainer clips when installing wheel spacers or aftermarket wheels.
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I guess I should have mentioned that in my first post. I bought new wheels, too. They're 17's. So what I have is a 2007 4 door Wrangler Unlimited X. I bought the TeraFlex 2.5" lift kit with shock adapters, 35" tires and 17" wheels. Now, are wheel spacers necessary or not? I've read on a few forums that they're dangerous. I definetly like the look of a 4-door with 2.5" lift, 35" tires and 1.25" wheel spacers.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:00 AM   #8
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I guess I should have mentioned that in my first post. I bought new wheels, too. They're 17's. So what I have is a 2007 4 door Wrangler Unlimited X. I bought the TeraFlex 2.5" lift kit with shock adapters, 35" tires and 17" wheels. Now, are wheel spacers necessary or not? I've read on a few forums that they're dangerous. I definetly like the look of a 4-door with 2.5" lift, 35" tires and 1.25" wheel spacers.
What's the backspacing on your wheels?

If it's 4.5" or less, you shouldn't need spacers. All they're for is to move your wheels far enough out from the Jeep so there's no possibility of rubbing your sway bar end links, etc. The lower the bs #, the more your wheels will stick out. 4.5" is pretty much the standard for bs on a Wrangler. 4" means your wheels will be .5 farther out, and so on. Don't wanna go too low, though, or it puts more stress on your wheel bearings (much as spacers do.)
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BTW...you coulda saved a TON of $$ by buying 16" wheels and 35's. Just a thought.

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What's the backspacing on your wheels?

If it's 4.5" or less, you shouldn't need spacers. All they're for is to move your wheels far enough out from the Jeep so there's no possibility of rubbing your sway bar end links, etc. The lower the bs #, the more your wheels will stick out. 4.5" is pretty much the standard for bs on a Wrangler. 4" means your wheels will be .5 farther out, and so on. Don't wanna go too low, though, or it puts more stress on your wheel bearings (much as spacers do.)
I see a lot of chicanos driving F150's with spaced out wheels.........then I see them later in the day on the side of the road with a broken axle.

I'd skip the spacers and get wheels with proper back spacing.
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I see a lot of chicanos driving F150's with spaced out wheels.........then I see them later in the day on the side of the road with a broken axle.

I'd skip the spacers and get wheels with proper back spacing.
Spacers can't cause a broken axle any more than lower back-spaced wheels do.

As was already stated, spacers (and wheels with less backspacing) put more stress on the wheel bearings. Your axles don't "know" if they're attached to wheel with less backspacing or wheel with more backspacing and a spacer. It doesn't matter.

As far as safety, the issue has been beat to death. But, IMHO having run both on multiple makes of vehicles, if you get a properly machined spacer (ie - well-made and hub-centric), made from something like 6061T6 Al, and you check the bolts every time you rotate your tires, you'll be fine. I have yet to hear of anyone who had a spacer that was made properly, used properly, and torqued to spec fail ... ever.

In fact, I've never heard a firsthand account of a spacer failing - only heard anecdotal stories ... "my brother's uncle visiting his online girlfriend from the Yukon running ACME spacers had a spacer fail".

As for spacer brands, get Spidetrax or Rugged Ridge, install them properly, check them regularly, and you'll be fine.

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edit: also, you potentially 'need' them in the front to space the tires out so they'll clear the control arms when turning. Either way, as has been said, get two pairs.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:20 PM   #13
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I didn't say Jeep. I said F150. You know, the one you see with fender vents, a wing, some kind of mural on the tailgate, wheels spaced out 6 inches with washers and purple cracked tint. Most likely not a broken axle but rather snapped lugs.

Either way, I'd still get proper back spaced wheels if you can afford them.

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