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Old 10-01-2017, 09:30 PM
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Wheel spacer question

I have 32 inch tires on my Wrangler, and they are wide enough that they hit the front sway bar when I turn sharply. I'm considering adding wheel spacers. Are there any drawbacks or geometry concerns that I should be aware of in doing this?

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I have 32 inch tires on my Wrangler, and they are wide enough that they hit the front sway bar when I turn sharply. I'm considering adding wheel spacers. Are there any drawbacks or geometry concerns that I should be aware of in doing this?
Adding a prioerly installed quality hub-centric spacer such as SpiderTrax or Teraflex will cause no more issues or wear than an aftermarket wheel with the same backspace would.
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Be prepared for the tires to hit the fender lip. That's how my modding started. It's a domino effect.
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I've had spacers on our Jeep for the past year and a half with zero problems. Just re-torque every tire rotation. They've never been loose by the way.
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Adding a prioerly installed quality hub-centric spacer such as SpiderTrax or Teraflex will cause no more issues or wear than an aftermarket wheel with the same backspace would.
That is correct. The spacers will push out the moment of rotation of the wheel around the hub and could cause bearing wear as the bearings and hubs are designed around a certain wheel backspace assumption. By adding the spacer, you are pushing the center of the wheel, and therefore the moment of rotation, out by say 1.25" for each wheel, (depending on spacer thickness). Shouldn't be a problem, and lots of guys, including myself, use spacers, but you should be mindful of the additional stress on the stock hubs and bearings, and keep an eye on them. If you don't offroad, then no issue at all for sure. Secondly, mount them using red lock-tite and keep them torqued properly, as another poster noted. That's my 2c....
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