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Gotta Question About Billet Wheel Spacers

I was wondering if anybody has/had wheel spacers before adn what the pros and cons of them are ... and if they increase turning radius ... Please and Thank you
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]I've had wheel spacers in the rear of my truck for a few years now, i know they aren't strongly recommended on independent suspension so i didn't put them in the front, but i've never had a problem with mine, and they definately look great.
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I have 1.25" bolt on ones on the front of mine. Had them on there for 4 years now. No problems what so ever. They actually made my turning radius tighter. Before the spacer, I would rub the lower shock mount before hitting full lock. Now I can go lock to lock with no rubbing.
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What are you putting them on for?
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i was thinking about that too....i want to get the 2 inch ones off ebay for the front and the back to get the tires out further with out buying new wheels.
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I've had them on a few different vehicles, and you definately get what you pay for, i've had some that definately weren't as nicely made, but the ones i have now i got off ebay and are real solid.
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i got a set of the ebay ones (1.25") and no problems. the only con is that you have to take them off to do brake work etc...but i check them about once a month or two to make sure there still tight, havent been loose yet.
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Why are you wanting/needing them? Yes they will increase turning radius because you are making the track width wider...but not by much.


Pro: looks better having a wider stance.

Con: looks worse when looking through the spokes. most tire shops won't even touch your truck with 'em on it. for not much more money you can have new wheels with the specs you want.


IMO...spacers should only be used if absolutely needed. Say...putting mustang wheels on a 2wd Ranger. Anything over 1/2" IMO is unneeded...espicially those ones that bolt-on, then the wheel bolts onto it. Even my brother's old 7/16" ones would rattle loose. 200 mi torque check all the time.
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What are you putting them on for?
After adding my BL and 34's im concerned about the center of gravity and flipping my truck so i was looking for an additional way to widen the vehical in an attempt to stabalize it



in virginia and all along highway 95 we have the cloverleaf entrence/exit ramps and ive gotten my dads f150 of 3 wheels on one of them exits ... of course speed was a factor ... and i love speed lol ....But thanks for the pros and cons guys its really helping me make my decision
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Just slow down more and you won't have a problem. The BL keeps all the drivetrain part (heavy stuff) in the stock location so it won't make much of a difference besides the tires lifting it up 2"
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Spacers will also put more stress on bearings and such.
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After adding my BL and 34's im concerned about the center of gravity and flipping my truck so i was looking for an additional way to widen the vehical in an attempt to stabalize it



in virginia and all along highway 95 we have the cloverleaf entrence/exit ramps and ive gotten my dads f150 of 3 wheels on one of them exits ... of course speed was a factor ... and i love speed lol ....But thanks for the pros and cons guys its really helping me make my decision
So basically you figured a wider stance via wheel spacers gives you the right to speed more? ....and on cloverleaf ramps?? Please act retarded OFF public roads. We don't need more fools out there.

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Just slow down more and you won't have a problem. The BL keeps all the drivetrain part (heavy stuff) in the stock location so it won't make much of a difference besides the tires lifting it up 2"
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Just slow down more and you won't have a problem. The BL keeps all the drivetrain part (heavy stuff) in the stock location so it won't make much of a difference besides the tires lifting it up 2"
okay ... ill slow down a little ... so since all the (heavy stuff) is kept low then i should be fine ? ...
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I didn't notice any big difference when I lifted mine and had it on 32s. Never felt out of control or that it was going to tip over or anything.
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I didn't notice any big difference when I lifted mine and had it on 32s. Never felt out of control or that it was going to tip over or anything.
okay ... maybe i shouldnt have lisened to my dumb *** fisix teacher .... im glad i got all yall truck people here helpin me
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okay ... maybe i shouldnt have lisened to my dumb *** fisix teacher .... im glad i got all yall truck people here helpin me
thats what we're here for haha. U shouldnt have a problem with flipping it unless ur going REALLY fast. just have common sense and dont drive stupid and you'll be fine.
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Con: looks worse when looking through the spokes. most tire shops won't even touch your truck with 'em on it. for not much more money you can have new wheels with the specs you want.


IMO...spacers should only be used if absolutely needed. Say...putting mustang wheels on a 2wd Ranger. Anything over 1/2" IMO is unneeded...espicially those ones that bolt-on, then the wheel bolts onto it. Even my brother's old 7/16" ones would rattle loose. 200 mi torque check all the time.
I have I think 1" ones in the back of my truck? You cant see them unless I take off the wheel or if you like crawled under the truck and stuck your face right in front of them. No tire shops have ever said anything to me about them.

Your brother needs to learn to use loctite. Mine are red-loctited and torqued and never have gotten loose by themselves. Before I used loctite on them they would loosen up, but not anymore.
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edit: no spacers anymore... notice how i said "old 7/16" spacers"?





Chit, i'm 8" lifted on 35's, drive stupidly at times, and have no sway bars. Trucks always been on her shoes...

Get 15x10's since your thinking about 34's. Because tires that big, typically are too wide for 7's and even tread wear. Get 15x10's with a good backspace(3"-4.5") to stick those tires out. Go up, go wide.
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edit: no spacers anymore... notice how i said "old 7/16" spacers"?





Chit, i'm 8" lifted on 35's, drive stupidly at times, and have no sway bars. Trucks always been on her shoes...

Get 15x10's since your thinking about 34's. Because tires that big, typically are too wide for 7's and even tread wear. Get 15x10's with a good backspace(3"-4.5") to stick those tires out. Go up, go wide.
okay so what im pulling out of this is ... bigger wheels and tires instead of spaces ... i might just do that ...
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