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Old 08-14-2006, 06:29 PM   #1
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Wheel Spacer question

I have a '97 wrangler that I am starting to 'enhance' for my son, so I do not want to go overboard. First I will be adding a 2" BB, 1" BL, and 1" MML. Next I want to put on 32x11.5 tires. I got a steal of a deal on some 15x8 ARE Jeep wheels, but they have a 5.5" backspace . I understand these will rub on tight turns, so I was thinking of adding a 1.25" wheel spacer in the front. Would this work or should I simply look for wheels with a smaller backspace 3.5-4"? Do I need wheel spacers in the rear as well or only on the fronts?
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:42 PM   #2
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What is the cost of the mods you just listed? A 4" Rough Country suspension lift only costs $530.00. You won't need to do a body lift, you won't need a motor mount lift, and you can install 33" tires with no problems. Get rims that are backspaced 3.75" and you won't have to worry about any tire rub. You get much better articulation with a suspension lift.

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Budget Lift Cost

My estimate is about $250 (plus another $100 for a set of wheel spacers). Since this is for my son, I was steering away from a 4" suspension lift and going with the 2" + 1".

As I understand it, the setup I am planning will not require any other mods like possible SYE or driveshaft changes. Plus the MML will offset the BL so I do not have a radiator problem either and will not need the transfer case drop. Seems like a simple and inexpensive (budget) way to get a little lift.
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Old 08-14-2006, 09:57 PM   #4
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well it would be good to avoid the SYE and new driveshaft...are you sure they have 5.5" backspacing?? that is the same as a stock wheel! i would just get new wheels with less backspacing because i wouldn't reccomend a wheel spacer because i've heard of peoples wheels falling off before!! ...and i ask the people at my local tire shop about spacers and they said the same and that they wouldn't reccomend them and that they had also seen peoples wheels fall off!...but if you decide to run them anyway then yes you will need them front and rear...but if the wheels have 5.5" backspacing then yes they would rub a little when turning because the tire is too wide...oh and by the way, 33's would fit also but if you don't want to go that big then the 32's will look and be fine
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Who makes "ARE" wheels and are you absolutely sure they have 5.5" of backspacing? I've yet to come across an aftermarket wheel that fits the Jeep that has that much backspacing.
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Old 08-15-2006, 06:35 AM   #6
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For what its worth, I'd stay away from spacers, too. I just dont like putting the weight of the jeep out on the ends of the lug posts like that. I've never heard of someones wheel just jumping off on the road, but I've seen (and helped) people who sheared their lugs off on the trail. I've done this 2 times. I'm not saying that it was all because of a spacer, but it sure looked that way to me.

If its a street queen, then go for it, you'll probably never have a problem with spacers. But as for me, I'd never run spacers offroad.
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:49 AM   #7
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Who makes "ARE" wheels and are you absolutely sure they have 5.5" of backspacing? I've yet to come across an aftermarket wheel that fits the Jeep that has that much backspacing.
thats what im thinkin...i haven't seen any aftermarket wheels with that much backspacing...cause its the backspacing of a stock wheel anyway
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:50 AM   #8
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I would stay away from the spacers too. A buddy of mine had one break, luckily he was backing out of a parking spot, granted that was on an F-350, but still, that just plain out freaks me out. Also, they kill your bearings with all that weight being pushed out like that. Ever think of a body lift? They cost about 120 bucks and you can run 32s all day long, and it will still ride like stock.
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:51 AM   #9
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spacers aren't good on the jeep because the stud (i think it's called stud) is so short that your loosing the room to screw it on and you can't screw it on as far...which means there is far less loosening it would have to do before the lugs came off

ah you were answering while i posting...he's right, they will wear your bearings down too
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Jerry: These are some form of stock wheel. The guy I bought them from said he pull them off of a Sahara. I believe they are made by American Racing (sometimes called a Gambler), but since they are a Jeep wheel (not aftermarket) they do not appear on their site. They are in fact 5.5" backspaced.
Ebay item number 160018323984 shows a picture of one.

WranglerHawg: I am planning to add a 1" BL, but it was my understanding that a BL would not help on the turn spacing problem, just the height clearance. Was I wrong? Will the BL solve by backspace rubbing problem?

Sounds like the consensus is against the wheel spacer to solve this problem. I assume 10.5 width tires would work, but I have not seen any 32x10.5
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The body lift wont help at all with the rubbing. While i'm assuming the rubbing you're talking about is on the control arms. i dont know how much money you are planning to spend, but you could probably find a 3 inch body lift, 15x10 or 15x8 rims and 32 inch tires for 500 bucks for everything.
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I had a set of 31x10.50 BFG AT/KO's on the stock "Grizzly" wheels on my last TJ.
They rubbed the frame behind the tire at full lock. I left them like this for a LONG time and never had a problem. I guess I just adjusted my "mental bump stop" to account for this.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:54 AM   #13
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no the body lift just helps for height clearance...not rubbing when turning...aaah so thats why the wheels are 5.5" backspacing...because there a stock jeep wheel! ok i was wondering cause i haven't seen 5.5" backspacing on aftermarket wheels
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What do you guys think of those wheel spacers? Unlike the other ones that just use the stock studs those use their own studs so all the pressure is not right at the end of the stock studs but its at the middle of the stud just like it would be with the rim. http://www.zjstech.net/~library/3497...acer-1.3in.jpg
http://www.offroadtoystore.com/Merch...train_whs2.jpg

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