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Old 09-18-2005
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Question about Wheel Spacers

i know Andy (Ranger_Interceptor) has 1.25" wheel spacers and i think that it looks absolutely sweet. i have the exact same tire setup and i would really like 33s but these tires are still great so im gonna have to hold out until i can justify buying new 33s. In order to make the 32s look good, i want to put spacers in as well. My question is this (and it may be dumb because there isnt much change)....but Andy has 1.25" on his and looks like this.....


they have 1.5" wheel spacers availiable for a few $$ less. is 1.5" overkill or does 1/4 of an inch not make that much of a difference? just looking for some opinions before i decide. thanks!

oh and one more thing - are 5 bolt patterns pretty standard? by that i mean that if it says 5 bolt pattern, and its availiable for mustang,fords,dodge, and jeeps does that seem right? are all of these vehicles bolt patterns the same? i didnt think so but ive got no idea. If they arent all the same, what kinda wheels have the same bolt pattern as the ranger?
thanks for all your input and help.

-Mark

(Andy i hope you dont mind that i took your pic and put it in my post - im not sure if thats taboo or anything....it just means i love the looks of your truck)
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yah, our trucks and jeeps/mustangs/explorers are the same lug pattern....

the only concern about spacers that i've heard is strength...like in offroading, they could snap maybe....i dunno...

i'm wantin some 18's and 33's myself...so i guess im gonna end up spending more...

but the spacers will make u're truck look nice
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If you get spacers, make sure they have factory studs in them, they are much much stronger than those that do not. The main problem with a wheel spacer is that it's just as bad as having a deep offset rim (if you offroad or drive your truck hard). This meaning that the main weight of the wheel is out past where the rotor is, giving less stability and support to a each corner of the truck. I've seen some break off, and others I've seen being run on 1450 race trucks, so it's a toss up. If you already have a deep rim (i.e. 15x10) I wouldn't use them, but with a 15x7 or even 15x8 I would say is safe as long as you don't grow wings.
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its totally cool man...mine are stock strength lugs..and i have had no probs after hard wheeling and even jump'n it so..i guess its just what yer run'n for luck.lol

they look nice, but as others have said , its basically a fix till you get some new rims that give that width without the spacer. but tey do make the stockers look much better.

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I would not get a set of spacers unless they are hubcentric. I got a set, and I paid dearly for them. I'm convinced that the hubcentricity of them is the only reason I didn't have a catastrophic failure when mine worked their way loose on the way to Centralia last fall. In all I regret getting adapters, but they were the only way to run when wheels I wanted.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

So these are the spacers im looking to get - any opinions about them?
Do they look like they should work/look good on the Ranger?

Thanks,
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i have another Q if i buy some for my 99 ranger that has stock 16" rims and 245/75 tires will it rub the bumper for being out farther and will it hurt my truck i dont do no serious off roading only mud puddles ocasionaly more of a neat freak,

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

So these are the spacers im looking to get - any opinions about them?
Do they look like they should work/look good on the Ranger?

Thanks,
-Mark
Not hubcentric, and not nearly enough surface area... I would NOT use that style for anything. If I were at home I'd post the link to the style I bought (made by Eibach) but I'm not at home.
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gonna be home soon? :) when you do get there, wanna post a link?...oh and do you have a pic of your truck with the spacers?
thanks.

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gonna be home soon? :) when you do get there, wanna post a link?...oh and do you have a pic of your truck with the spacers?
thanks.
I won't be home at least until tomorrow afternoon. Any pic of my truck with the 17" Mustang wheels is with the spacers.. I only got them to make up for the larger backspacing of the Mustang wheels. If I had it to do over I'd have waited and gotten 17" Explorer wheels instead.

My spacers are designed for an SN95 (1994+) Mustang, they use the same hub design.
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I have run non-hubcentric adapters on both mustangs and rangers. Never any problems. You have to be an idiot to put them on wrong.
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You have to be an idiot to put them on wrong.
Lol, have to agree with you on that one.

Oh, and . . . stay classy San Diego.
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Damn double post.
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