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Old 03-09-2016, 10:25 AM
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Spacers or no?

I just put AEV Pintler wheels on my 2012 JK Rubicon Unlimited with my 35" tires. The shop that did the work for me (The Chop Shop in Dixon, CA) left the spacers on, which were needed when I had the stock wheels. It looks kind of cool that the tires stick out further, but wondering if there's any functional benefit to it beyond look? Does it have an effect on gas mileage? I feel some subtle differences in handling with the new wheels.

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That's weird they left them on, isn't that the reason for new wheels ? Leaving them on is bad for the axle bearings because the scrub radius is out of spec. First you put it out of spec. with offset wheels, now you are compounding it even further. Also you will spray the side of the Jeep with mud and water when you drive through it. Also, in most states, your tires can't stick out past your fenders to much, or at all.

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You don't need them, but they may not have known any better.
They won't hurt your fuel economy, but will effect your handling a bit.
If you want to sell them, post 'em up. People are always looking for them (I'm looking for a decent set of hub-centric ones myself).
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:48 PM
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Thanks very much!
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that gives you about 3.7" BS if they were 1.5" spacers so some would say too little others would say just right .
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The only reason you would need spacers is to keep any of the tires from rubbing on the inside fender well (front and back tires) or lower control arm in the front under full suspension articulation with the front wheels turned to full right and full left. If you have a place to do that you can check to see if you need them or not.

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