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Old 02-20-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Wheel Spacers, Yes or No?

Who has wheel spacers? Do you like them Or not. I am thinking about put 1.25" spacers on... Advantages?

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Old 02-20-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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I personally dont like wheel spacers and would never use them because i think they put too much stress on the components...

could be just me though

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Old 02-20-2012, 06:47 PM   #3
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I personally dont like wheel spacers and would never use them because i think they put too much stress on the components...

could be just me though
Same here but those who use them will differ.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:53 PM   #4
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Same here but those who use them will differ.
Always happens like that...

You'll get the "i've used them for years without any problems"

which may be true...but i just wouldnt trust them, especially wheeling...you stress components enough just doin that, adding another 1+ inches to it would just be worse
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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Very true about the stress factor.... I'm still on the fence about them...
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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I wouldn't run wheel spacers even if they were free. Nearly any aftermarket wheel will provide the additional width/clearance (reduced backspacing) needed to run wider tires.
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I wouldn't run wheel spacers even if they were free. Nearly any aftermarket wheel will provide the additional width/clearance (reduced backspacing) needed to run wider tires.
Wouldent that make the same stress as wheel spacers?
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Wouldent that make the same stress as wheel spacers?
Of course, if both position the tire at the same location. I didn't say I wouldn't run spacers due to any added stress on the unit bearing hub, I just said I wouldn't run spacers. Extra studs and lug nuts, more expense, and some wheel spacers cost as much as some wheels. I say install wheels with the correct amount of backspacing which completely eliminates having to add wheel spacers... which to me is a band-aid fix to a problem better fixed by installing wheels with the right amount of backspacing.
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I have 35x12.50R15's on my Jeep and was just wondering more than anything about spacers... If they are putting more stress on the axles then what are the advantages of them? If any?
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I have 35x12.50R15's on my Jeep and was just wondering more than anything about spacers... If they are putting more stress on the axles then what are the advantages of them? If any?
Don't worry about it. Spacers add no more stress to the axle's unit bearings than aftermarket wheels with an equivilient amount of reduced backspacing do.
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Yep Jerry is right again. They do not put any more stress on any components than offset rims do. I run them on my Jeep and have for a couple year now with no problems. I run them because I really like my Canyon rims and did not want to change them out. If installed properly (proper torque & Loctite) you put them on and forget about them.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #12
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Are wheel spacers legal when it comes to inspection time? I live in Virginia. I wish we didn't have inspections, well I guess inspections are good in other ways.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:45 PM   #13
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I had spacers on my mustang to clear my brembo brakes for 2 years. They worked fine road racing and I never had a single issue. I just ordered wheel spacers (actually adapters) for my jeep. I would have chosen not to use them, just for simplicity sake, but the wheels I wanted didn't come in 17" unless they had the jk pattern. The good thing is that the jk wheels had 4.5" BS and with the 1" adapter I'll be right about 3.5" which is exactly what I want. I have zero reservations with the safety of them. They could work well for guys that want to keep the stock wheels and put bigger tires on. You can pick up spacers for cheap. The only spacers that I don't like are the ones that don't have studs and reduce the amount you can put the lugs on. If you are buying wheels, get the right backspacing (if they make them in that style).
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:29 PM   #14
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Ok thank you very much Jerry.
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Spacers and adapters are illegal in some states and others they are fine. What we in the Jeep world call spacers are actually more like adapters. True spacers are nothing more than spacers between the rotor and the rim. Hence the lug nut would not have as many threads to attache the rim to the car and that could be dangerous. Spacers are illegal in Utah and adapters are not, but most inspection places do not know the true difference between real spacers and what we call spacers.
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I'm in South Flor-a-duh... (Florida), they really don't usually give a shit too much down here what we do, and we don't have inspections either... I'm very aware of what a spacer is, and what it does, I was just wondering if people like or dislike them, as I have never used them but was thinking about them... But thank you!
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:00 AM   #17
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I have wheel spacers and live in Mi. I have had no problems with them except the tires shops around hear wont bolt rims and tires to a vehicle with wheel spacers. They say that makes them liable if a wheel spacer fails.
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I've been running 1.25" wheel spacers for about 4 years now without issue. The key is maintenance, I check torque settings often and haven't come across a loose nut since installation.

On some tire shops, the terminology is specific. Many shops will not touch wheels with "spacers". According to my shop, their definition of a "spacer" is a large washer-like piece of hardware, that is dependent on the axle's studs for positioning, it is secured by the wheel itself. Dependent on how thick the washer is, the amount of surface area the nut holds on to, is impacted or compromised. Thick washer = less surface area for the lugnut.

The shop went further to explain that an "adapter" (what we in the Jeep community, commonly refer to as a spacer) is similar to a spacer but mounts and is secured on to the axle by the axle's studs and lugnut. In turn, the adapter has studs for the wheel to mount to and is again secured by lugnuts. This hardware is acceptable to my shop and to most in Oregon. The adapter hardware does not have the surface area exposure/liability of the washer, as mentioned above.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:38 PM   #19
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I have wheel spacers and live in Mi. I have had no problems with them except the tires shops around hear wont bolt rims and tires to a vehicle with wheel spacers. They say that makes them liable if a wheel spacer fails.

This. Unless you check with the shop first (or know someone) it could be an issue when you go to get new tires or have them removed for any reason. Argue all you want, unless you argue to their insurance company in today's age of liability and ambulance chasers they won't touch it.

Now, if someone could only CNC OEM wheels with the correct backspacing...
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Had a friend recently take his XJ in for 35" tires and they said they had to remove his spacers. He said okay whatever. Then after they put the tires on his rims they tried to put them on and they rubbed on the leaf springs. They tried to say he needed new rims too and he said he did not have the money. Then he said you can throw the old tires back on his rims and he will go somewhere else or they can put the spacers back on. They choose to put the spacers back on.

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