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Old 02-11-2008, 08:10 PM   #1
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wheel spacers??

What do you think of them are they worth it if so whats a good reliable brand?

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:15 PM   #2
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I personally don't trust them. Go with the rims that you have as your spare.

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Spidertrax makes them along with Poly Performance (they actually sell the Spidertrax too).

http://www.spidertrax.com/

http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...ers-p-282.html

I personally don't run them but I wouldn't hesitate to as I have really never heard of anyone having problems with them.
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^2x however 100 bucks per pair of spacers can get pricey. Why not throw that towards a new set of rims later on?

I hope you dont mind me asking, why do you want to run spacers?
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i have a 4 1/2 trailmaster lift with 32"s, so i wanted to widen my wheel base a little
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i have a 4 1/2 trailmaster lift with 32"s, so i wanted to widen my wheel base a little
Why do you need to widen your wheelbase? 4.5" is more than enuff lift to clear 32's with no rubbing.

Also, anytime you add components in that manner (wheel spacers) you weaken the system
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you mean your track, not wheelbase. Anyhow, are you planning on going with bigger or wider tires in the future?

As for the spacers the only thing i hear about them is people recommending you check them on regular basis as the inner nuts can get loose (i remember few people talking about tires falling off because of spacers loosening) . I'd recommend you use a torque wrench when you tighten your spacers just to be sure you do not over/under tighten the nuts that hold your tires but are hidden as well. Some people also put locktite on them just to be safe.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:44 AM   #8
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I got a set of spidertrax 1.25" spacer for the front and rear. they came with locktite.

havnt installed them yet though. waiting for the local shop to mount and balance my tires first. i've heard that the studs on some aftermarket cromo shafts may require cutting or grinding... i'll post up if I run into any issues like that or if my wheels fall off
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I have been running a set for about 6 months with no problems. I have my stock wheels sold so I will be putting some black steelies soon. If you are interested in buying these let me know!!
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I've been running Spidertrax for over 2 years with NO issues at all. Yes, they need to be checked on occasion, just as your regular tires should be. But checking them when draining the oil and/or rotating tires - it becomes a nonissue.

Pros
- widen wheelbase
- allow for wider tires
- lets you keep your OEM wheels (nice if aluminum)

Cons
- w/o wider flares, get more spray from tires
- doubles the number of lugs to check or remove when doing brake work
- Requires vigilance, esp after wheeling
- If you want a tire shop to mount new tires or do a balance, some will not work on them if they are attached via spacers. You'd have to bring them in off the Jeep.

That said, I got my Canyons off eBay back before I really knew about Jeep lifts and backspacing and such. As a result, my wife would not let me go buy ANOTHER set of black wheels. So the spacers became a viable option when she declared I need lockers and more clearance/bigger tires.

Would I like some black wheels? Sure! But seeing how others around my area have rust on theirs and looking at how my Canyons have gotten chewed up (but not rusted), I'm liking my solution at this point.
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I had studs bust off a spacer before and my rear tire passed me down the road. nuff said.
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Eh that seems exciting.
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since it was a honda, didn't matter. kinda funny.
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oh well you got lucky as that can drag but in a jeep you might roll over if one of ur front tires flies off.
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yeah, this was years ago. 85 Honda accord that I traded a radio for. It has spacers on it sticking them 14s way out and the rear snapped. I laughed,took the plates, and left the car on the side of the road. It was registered as a Nissan Sentra anyway just like my old CJ that had no keys or title.
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i've heard that the studs on some aftermarket cromo shafts may require cutting or grinding... i'll post up if I run into any issues like that or if my wheels fall off
didn't have that issue with my usa alloy d44 shafts...but did on my wife's 8.8 shafts. a quick tap with the grinder was all they needed to clear the mating surface of the wheel once i put the spacers on. also, i agree with the use of loctite on the spacers. both of our jeeps have spacers and have had nary an issue with them.
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Well once you grind the studs down will you be able to remove the spacers and install another set of rims with out them?

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