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Old 09-08-2009
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your opinion on wheel spacers

yay or nay

my dads telling me no dont run them, not safe blah blah


what say you?

keep in mind i dont wheel my truck as hard as i used to. the occasional dirt road and fun out at the lake bed is about it. planning on running them front and back.

i mean ive heard of a ton of people with jeeps and stuff that run them and never have problems. but my dads telling me a friend of his had them and his **** came off on the highway. but his friend was also a dumbass. wouldnt surprise me if his lugs weren't torqued down.
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Why do you need them? If just for looks then defidently not. they have their place, Im going to run them on the front of my truck but thats to clear the lower links on my suspension.
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in not a big fan of them myself
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I know guys with them that beat the living **** outa their trucks and haven't had an issue. What are you looking for an inch or so?

just go with a reputable brand like spider trax.
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yeah need about an inch to make it look right. right now it looks like a fat guy with skinny legs. can't stand it.

and yeah, its only for looks.
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if your gonna run them try and get steel ones. aluminum ones are lighter but that far in rotating mass isnt as bad, but the aluminum ones are not as good for road apps. wheel spacers are not good on bearings and what not, but as long as your not throwin on huge ones i really dont see the prob. JUST CHECK THEM FREQUENTLY! AND USE STEEL ONES!
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yeah need about an inch to make it look right. right now it looks like a fat guy with skinny legs. can't stand it.

and yeah, its only for looks.
HA THAT IS AWSOMELY TRUE!
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aluminum is just as strong as steel. Hell aluminum is stronger than steel in some cases.

a company like spider trax would make them from aluminum if it wasn't strong, most people who buy their stuff actually use it.

Wide tires and different offset wheels also are harder on the bearings like the previous combo he had.

http://www.spidertrax.com/s.nl/it.A/id.2286/.f - 1.25"

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Get the bolt on ones, as long as you torque them properly, you should never have trouble out of them. The only real drawback is that its puts more stress on your front end as opposed to the stock location of the wheel, but since your after market wheels did too, you probably don't mind.
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I think your truck looks good as is now..
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it looks good from the side lol. not the front or back. and the fact that i have pulled bedsides doesnt help much

and thanks for the link matt.

they shouldnt be much different then running the 15x10's i had on there before lol
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ive always preached against them but imo if they are the bolt on kind where they are machined to fit the hub and your wheel, then, when torqued down they should be fine. i wouldnt on a dd though. thats just me. id run them offroad all day long.


edit: ive seen them run on daily drivers alot. they work most of the time. just they arent as safe as without them. thats the only reason.
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id run them, you just need to make sure they are torqued properly and check them everytime you rotate your wheels. also make sure the stock lugs are short enough to not dig into the wheels.

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My dad got some rims for his 03 Mach 1 but needed wheel spacers to run them... The guy harped and harped about them bering unsafe and blah blah blah... My grandfather also thinks there sketchy... But my 0.02 havent hear anything bad about them... No horror stories what so ever... And if zabeard approves them they must be decent
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aluminum is just as strong as steel. Hell aluminum is stronger than steel in some cases.

a company like spider trax would make them from aluminum if it wasn't strong, most people who buy their stuff actually use it.

Wide tires and different offset wheels also are harder on the bearings like the previous combo he had.

http://www.spidertrax.com/s.nl/it.A/id.2286/.f - 1.25"
i agree, however after running aluminum one in the past, the aluminum ones back off during daily road use. they constantly did. i switched to some steel ones and they were great. there a lil more spendy but user friendly. if i had a wheeler that wasnt driven daily i would run them.

always torque them properly.
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If you get good quality spacers that come with new mounting studs (ie bolted to the hub, then the wheels bolt to them) they should be okay. They will/do require some extra attention though. Much like an aluminum wheel they need to be re-torqued a few times frequently in the beginning as they set in. Some people even use loc-tite on the nuts that hold the spacers on. Beyond that, as long as you rotate the wheels/tire regularly and be sure that the spacers are torqued CORRECTLY each time it shouldn't be a problem. With that type of spacer the extra stress on the wheel bearings and everything should be no different than a wheel with less backspacing.
Some people recommend painting the spacers to help prevent the aluminum corroding but I'm not sure if it is a good idea or necessary.
Small wheel spacers that sit in there like a big washer (think 1/4" or 1/2") make me kind of nervous. They will put more stress on the mounting studs and can move/shift and create vibration problems.
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You will fine as long as you torque them properly and use red loctite. Also make sure you check them every time you rotate your tires.
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I wouldn't run them on a daily driver, but that's just me.
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Do it man. . . . you'll be fine.
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i had some 1/4 inch aluminum spacers, the big washer style ones, they were fine, they are still on my mustang on the front, my wheels were rubbing, i have had them on there for about 3 years with no problems...

on rear wheels (with solid axles) the spacers will not make much of a difference on the bearing wear, due to the way the bearings sit, the front wheels, or rear with IRS, they will make a difference in some circumstances, if you go to wider tires, same rim offset, and you are moving them so the inner sidewall is in the stock location, and the outer sidewall sticks way out, there will not be a noticable difference in wear on your bearings. if you are moving the entire wheel out from stock, yes it will wear your bearings more.

they are completely safe, as long as you follow the directions when you are putting them on, i would use loctite on the hub nuts, personally. and just make sure they all stay tight, i would even recommend taking your rims off to re-torque the other nuts, and then doing the rim re-torque after that
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