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Old 08-16-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Offroading and wheel spacers

I'm using a first gen iPad, so the search feature isn't easy to navigate. Anyway, went to a cruise night tonight and saw a '94 and her owner standing by her. Started talking to him, nice guy, he looked over my Rubi, thru a couple solid suggestions my way and asked what plans I had for her. Told him I had a 3" lift waiting to go in, but waiting til spring when I can afford some 33's, but might put in the wheel spacers for looks now, use later. He was saying if I planned any kind of offloading to not use wheel spacers at all as the torque and stress would snap stuff on the trail. Hat spacers were fine for pavement princesses, but not going off road.

What's the deal? The ones from Rough Country and the like look pretty solid, but I'm new to these beasts, so hit me with some knowledge. Thanks!

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Old 08-16-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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It would take the se amount of force to rip a wheel off as a spacer

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Old 08-16-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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That guy has no idea what he is talking about. If you want to keep the stock rims spacers are the way to go.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:55 PM   #4
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My jeep has had 1.25 spacers on it since 04. And its done the Rubicon 3 times.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:33 AM   #5
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I built my own off road trailer trailer a few years back, and while building it, sought a bit of axle/wheel/tire advise from Mario Donavan, owner of Adventure Trailers. I followed his advise and so far no problems whatsoever, 3500 lb axle, 1.5" wheel spacers, supporting 255/85/16s (33x10.5)
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:51 AM   #6
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He doesn't possess common sense.
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Lots of folks run them without issues. Is there some degree of added stress placed on the hub, i am sure there is. As long as you get a well made part that is installed correctly it should not be an issue. That is not to say that it couldn't fail, as anything can. I have thought about using them on a few past builds, and even though I know they work fine, I just didn't like the idea of my rim bolted to a spacer that is bolted to the hub, and for not much more I could get new rims with the correct backspace.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:07 AM   #8
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Logically, in terms of torque and stress, there is no difference between adding spacers to stock wheels vs. adding new wheels with less back space. In fact, if you put hub and wheel centric spacers on your hub centric stock wheels, you could argue that is better than buying new wheels that are not hub centric. The issue with the spacers would arise if you allow the lug nuts on the spacers (which you cant see) to get loose.
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I'm definitely no fan of wheel spacers but the above comments saying they aren't going to cause your wheel studs to snap off are correct.
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I've ran quality aluminum spacers for years without any issues.


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Old 08-17-2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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I should clarify.. I run spacers on my trailer, without issue and at the advise of a pro builder.. I wouldn't even consider them on my jeep. I'd get the proper wheels ...
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I run 1.25" wheel spacers and have no issues at all. I always make sure to hit them with loctite if I remove them and torque to spec. And occasionally before a trip recheck the lugs again ( although every time they are still at spec) due to the tires I run they provide me the extra clearance at full lock. I would encourage you to buy the proper wheel is available. It's $200 in spacers not much more you can have a new set of wheels. But I would not hesitate to run spacers.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:26 AM   #13
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Had spydertrax spacers on my JKU for 3+ years. Never a problem on street or offroad.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:34 AM   #14
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4 years of running the RC spacers, lots of harsh off-roading and never any trouble at all. A little blue loc-tite on the inner studs and torque the outers to what ever you normally would.
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From a pure statics standpoint the spacers create no more or less stress than does an offset rim. Yes it puts one more one more point for failure in the system, but when done right they pose no problems. If you like the look of the stock rims run then run spacers, but if you may want to change rims it would be a better idea to go with a different rim with different backspacing.

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