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Old 11-08-2019, 07:24 PM
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Wheel Spacers

I bought a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys last month. I plan to do a small lift, bigger tires/wheels in the spring. For now, I wanted to give it a little bit wider stance so I started researching wheel spacers. The body shop that I rely on and trust with all of my projects, tell me wheel spacers are not recommended as they cause stress on the lugs AND the website for the spacers they were going to use clearly states "for off road use only". This is strictly a daily highway use vehicle. So, they suggested new wheels and use my existing tires.


4 - 1.5" spacers installed will be roughly $330. Seemed high but I specified SpiderTrax spacers since I read the cheaper ones are...well, cheaply made. The estimate they gave me for 5 wheels is $1,325 which is far more than I wanted to spend at this point.


Bottom line - Are spacers acceptable or should I just stay with stock for now?

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Spidertrax properly installed are perfectly fine. Many of us here have run them for many thousands miles. I would not pay someone $130 to install them. That is what it comes to as the spacers are ~$200 for the set of 4. They are hub centric so they do not put any more stress on the lug nuts vs a hub centric rim and probably less than a non hub centric rim. Many people equate spidertrax type wheel adaptors to plain old wheel spacers which is wrong.
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I have approx 15K miles on my 1.5 in Spydertrax spacers. They have performed flawlessly. My rig sees mostly on road with some light off road during the summer months. Just be sure to follow the instructions and you will be fine.
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+1 on Wheel spacers... They are fine. I ran 5 star rated Amazon knock offs on a few vehicles. Much to some people surprise, I am still alive.

Along with that...If you don't find that spacers fit your lifestyle, then there are plenty of quality 17" wheels to be had in the sub-$700 range. Local tire shops will charge about $20 a wheel to swap and balance them.


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I have 25k miles on my 1.5" Spydertrax adapters and have been rock crawling with them. No problems at all. I check them every 5k miles with a torque wrench when I rotate my tires.
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1.5 and still alive!

I paid $100 for a used set of Spidertrax spacers for my previous JK Sahara wheels. Currently have JL Rubi wheels on them. No problems.
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Another vote here for Spidertrax, I love the look they gave with even factory wheels and tires.
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Modern hub centric wheel adapters, commonly referred to as wheel spacers are nothing like the original wheel spacers. Follow the directions for installation and maintenance checks, and you will be fine. There are used ones popping up all the time too, so you can get a good deal. I run teraflex 1.25” spacers and have not had any issues.

If you can change a flat tire and follow directions you can install spacers.
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IIRC the old spacers were narrow and went on the wheel lugs first then the wheels, which meant that the lugs had fewer threads to grip when tightening the wheels. Modern spacers have their own lugs and come with lug nuts to fasten the spacers to the wheel lugs and then the wheels fasten to the spacer lugs.

Spidertrax are about the most expensive, but not overly so. As stated for right around $200 you can put them on all four wheels. If you can change a tire, you can mount the spacers. It is definitely recommended that you use a torque wrench when mounting not only your spacers but the wheels as well. It is recommended even when mounting wheels on without a spacer.

Since you are fairly new to the Jeep world, one vendor I can highly recommend is Quadratec. They only stock Jeep parts. If it won't fit on a Jeep, they don't carry it. They also give WF members a small discount, which is almost enough to cover the sales tax. They have excellent customer service and when you call them, you get someone who knows Jeeps, for the vast majority of the vehicles in their employee lot are Jeeps. When I look up a part for a Jeep, I go to their site first.

The only complaint I have is they have waaaaay to much of my money, but the Jeeps look good.

https://www.quadratec.com/vehicle/20...acers-adapters
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We are also happily running SpiderTrax "wheel spacers". As mentioned, they are actually a wheel adapter as they bolt to the hub and then using a second set of studs the wheels bolt to them. They place no more stress on the hub / wheel studs then a set of wheels that have less backspacing would place on them. How you get the backspacing you want for that wider stance, whether with wheel spacer adapters or by running wheels with less backspacing, doesn't really matter. Both will slightly increase the loads on the hub, the bearings, and the studs. But neither should cause an issue beyond your wheel bearing and perhaps your ball joints wearing out slightly sooner than they would had you kept that stock.
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You can go to the spidertrax website and buy blem spacers. Its not like anyone will see them and they are discounted. As for installation I would say do it yourself. The nice thing is all you will do is pop the wheel off, throw the spacer on, put some of the provided thread locker on, torque down, and youll be good to go!
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You can go to the spidertrax website and buy blem spacers. Its not like anyone will see them and they are discounted. As for installation I would say do it yourself. The nice thing is all you will do is pop the wheel off, throw the spacer on, put some of the provided thread locker on, torque down, and youll be good to go!
I have bought 2 sets of blems from Spidertrax and I have never been able to find the reason they were blems. They say their blems are blems because of visual blems in anodizing and nothing structural, but mine have not had any visible blotching of the anodizing you could see.
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You can go to the spidertrax website and buy blem spacers. Its not like anyone will see them and they are discounted. As for installation I would say do it yourself. The nice thing is all you will do is pop the wheel off, throw the spacer on, put some of the provided thread locker on, torque down, and youll be good to go!
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Even without a lift, this install will take you about about an hour and a half.....assuming of course the last wheel jockey didn't over torque the lugs. You'll need a breaker and as previously mentioned a torque wrench.
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I installed my adapters this weekend. As noted, it took about 1.5 hours for the initial install and then 45 minutes for the torque check after 50 miles. It’s easy; just make sure you install the nuts with the correct orientation per the install sheet.
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1.5 inch Spydertrax on mine with 50,000 miles no issues
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Joining the chorus - thousands of miles on 1.5" Spidertrax, no issues.

I did have the tire place use them as an excuse as to why they couldn't balance my tires.. But it was BS. They finally balanced them and I've hit 95 MPH without any vibration or problems.
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Same here - 1.5" Spidertrax and all is well.
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Just be aware of your state laws, it could cause you some grief during inspection.

I like the look of my stock wheels and was going to go with Spidertrax, but after some thought I went with some Quadratec Moab wheels. Nothing wrong with the spacers, but I am glad I went with new wheels from the start since I knew I would eventually end up there.
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While perusing the Quadratec website, I found these. Very intriguing. A little pricey at $160 each, but very unique.

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While perusing the Quadratec website, I found these. Very intriguing. A little pricey at $160 each, but very unique.

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I think those are really cool. If I still had a white jeep I would for sure be all over those. might look awesome on a black jeep as well.
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I only have about a thousand miles on my spacers... but during that thousand, I ran the only Jeep badged trail in VA and found some other trails that probably should be rated. Add that to the back and forth across the state - I feel at ease with them now and don't expect any issues. They were 5 stars on Amazon, were really solid, and allowed me to put the 35x10.5r17 Kenda RT's on the stock wheels. Looks great, rides great, and have had no issues.
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I've got 1.5" spydertrax spacers I paid $50 for used on Craigslist. No problem with the OEM tires at inspection time (and Mass inspectors look for everything because the DMV has cameras in the bays). The put no more stress on lugs or bearings then would wheels that stick out the same amount. I'm quite happy with mine and run the OEM 17" alloys with some 295-70-17 Cepek Extreme Country tires.
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Done. Love the look. Confident in my selection. Thanks for all the feedback.
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I heard that if you have 1.5 spacers you have to cut the OEM studs sometimes on trucks. Is that the case on JK's too?
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I heard that if you have 1.5 spacers you have to cut the OEM studs sometimes on trucks. Is that the case on JK's too?
No, if you go 1.25” you might depending on rims but not on 1.5” at least I have never heard of it.
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Thanks J, Yeah I bought them from a Forum Vendor sponsor and then heard from a few guys with trucks that they have to cut their oem studs to get them to fit. Being as JK's aren't 3/4 ton trucks I was hoping I wouldn't have to.
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I run 1.25” spacers with oem wheels. The stud does protrude beyond the spacer. If your wheel does not have a cavity for this, you will have to grind down the stud. The oem wheels have such a cavity so there is no issue.
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I took before and after pics but for some reason cannot post them. I'll keep trying. There are some great videos on YouTube that I watched several times to educate myself. They are a simple upgrade. As much as I would have loved to do it myself (1) I don't have a garage or a floor jack and (2) if I had broken a stud or run into some other problem I would have been deep in the dung. So I ran it to a local body shop that I have trusted for years and they did it - About an hour in all and (following the instructions) I returned after 50-60 miles and they rechecked the torque. No complaints. No regrets.


I went with the 1.5" Red Rock 4X4's as they were just as good in the ratings as the SpyderTrax and half the price. I'm no engineer but T6061 grade aluminum is T6061 grade aluminum whether it comes from SpyderTrax or any other reputable manufacturer. Hub centric is hub centric.
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