I've got some nice stock wheels on my jeep and I'd like to keep them. The only way I can fit 33s under my jeep though is with more backspacing. Is there any downside to just getting the spacers as opposed to buying a whole new set of wheels with the correct backspacing? Also I keep getting told I need a 1" BL to go with my 2.5" SL in order for 33s to work. When you guys say that do you mean: A. they won't fit at all w/out it, B. They won't flex well without it., C. They're going to rub at full turn without it, or D. all of the above. The thing is I've heard that a body lift can screw alot of stuff up plus I'm not a big fan of seeing all that "stuff" hangin out the bottom.
i think you should get the 1" BL. its cheap and easy. without it, you won't have a ton of room to flex. you can add bumpstop but i'd just add the 1" BL. no reason not to. it will rub fender clearance-wise. if you just get a 1" BL it doesn't screw up anything.
the only spacers i really hear anything about are the spidertrax.
as far as body lift goes, i recommend the performance accessories (PA) 1" BL. it comes complete with everything you need and its cheap. a lot of people will recommend the JKS BL but i don't recommend it unless you are doing a MML (motor mount lift) with it because they tell you to drill new holes in the fan shroud instead of just giving you drop brackets (drop brackets are far easier)
exatcly why i said that. sticking your tires out further via spacers or backspaced rim "MAY" cause premature wear on hub bearings. think about it, your putting more stress further out. im not saying hes gonna need hub bearings in a month or even 6 months. but keep an eye on them. everytime I have my front end in the air i always give my tires a shake.
After 2 years of wheeling with my 33s with rims with less backspacing i am now replacing my hub bearings.
right right , when i was planning on running spacers too and was lurking around this forum looking for more info many said that hub bearing damage may occur and they made it seem like its different than less bsd rims, like it wouldn't happen with less bsd rims but will happen with spacers when in fact there is no difference so i just wanted to clarify it.
there is a very good chance that he will get all sorts of vibes with +3.5" of suspension lift.
I have a 4" actually like 4.5 cause of my old sagging springs with very small vibes when at a stop and in gear. Nothing anyone but me or my cousin would notice 3.5 is nothin. maybe he wont even need a t-case drop..
perhaps because those 2 12" subs need power to rumble? at idle my jeep shakes when i turn the music up a lot and lower the voltage too much. As the rest, at idle i assume its the torque converter that is grabbing too much causing the vibrations but also its a 4 banger so... also did you do anything with the tranny at all such as a drop? That bends the engine mounts and lowers the dampening between the body and the engine.
Only downsides to spacers that *I* have experienced:
- Some tire shops won't install wheels, do an alignment, or rotate tires if spacers are on (they all still think they are just type shim type)
- You have twice as many lugs to undo when servicing the brakes.
as far as coil spacers vs. body lift i would definitely go with a 1" BL. it looks fine and you won't have to worry about messing with your driveline angles (since you'd be at 2.5" of SL lift compared to 3.5" if you went with spacers).