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Old 12-01-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Wheel Spacers

Hi All,

I just purchased a 2003 TJ Sport with a 6cyl, 5 spd looks to be completely stock and am just awaiting its delivery (dealer had to find the title). Anyway, one mod that I am looking at is adding the large fender flares. As the wheels/tires are factory sizes, I think they would look odd with aftermarket flares with the stock stance. I was thinking I could add wheel spacers to bring them out a couple of inches. I did a search on here for wheel spacers, but don't see anything very specific when it comes to pros and cons.

Can anyone tell me what the pros and cons might be? Are wheel spacers a bad idea? FYI, I really don't plan to do many mods or serious off-roading.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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Old 12-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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If you're not going to be doing any off-roading then wheel spacers should be ok, me personally I wouldn't recommend them. In my opinion deep dish rims are a lot better to give the vehicle a nice stance (;

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Old 12-01-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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Pros- you get the stance, tire clearance or whatever without haveing to buy new wheels.
Cons- spacers do require some extra maintenance.
Offroading, modding or not if you buy quality spacers, install them correctly and check them periodically you'll never have a problem.
Try searching on here again, there are probably hundreds of wheel spacer threads.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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dont go over 2", i had 1.5" before and worked fine. check them after 100 miles and retorque, then check again after 1000, i would use blue loc tite on them as well.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

I think I will give them a try.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:56 AM   #6
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Ive had wheel spacers for about a year, There great for turning radius with larger tires and look awesome. But keep an eye on them, look for metal shavings, wobbles or strange noises. Not keeping up with mine resulted in one of my tires passing me on the road.

Also if you break a Stud on the spacer I would give it a 10% chance you will find a replacement stud. It took me a week to find a bolt that was close enough to work. But the not perfect fit stripped the teeth on the stud, and now I need new ones. #wheelspacerproblems
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:54 PM   #7
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While working at a speed shop when I was younger we had spacers to sell to fellas who were putting wider tires on there rims that may rub. We would always recommend they just buy another set of rims with the correct offset for safety reasons.

I've found over the years the more "ifs" I've added to the equasion the more I have to go through to get to the source of a problem. By using the correct offset rim and no spacer will allow you to narrow down any future front end issues you may have in the future without questioning and additional part. Hmm, the K.I.S.S. theory might apply.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:13 AM   #8
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Well said about the Ifs in the equation..

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