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running wheel spacers....

well, i'm stumbled upon this idea

link to them is HERE

i was thinking of this for a short while instead of buying some rims...i dont do very much hardcore offroading, so i'm not too worried about them breaking...

i was thinking getting the ones that were spaced out 2"s...any problems?
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well, if you are using a stock rim with those adapters, i wouldnt recomend it, you are pushing them out to far which adds to the stress on the lugs, even driving on some ruff roads can **** you...

Now dont get me wrong, I rode with 1.5inch adapters with my rims for around ayear, however with the rims i had, the adapters were needed to space it out to stock rim stance, meaning it didnt push my rims out further then the fender, made the stance pretty much factory, and thats ok, because its not putting anymore stress on the lugs then normal, but the more you widen the "track" of the vechicle the bigger risk you have to snapping the lug
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true....i was just wantin to sit the wheels even or as close to even as i could to the fenderflares with them...
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It wont stick out as far as you think...

Gaybriel is right though... It would be pushing them out..

I am currently using, 2" adapters, but i have a wheel with 5.95" backspacing, so i have about the same as stock, with the adapters...

Heres a pic, with the spare, in the rear, and the 2" adapter.. Just so you get an idea, on how far it would come out..

2" !! ..lol

look at the diff in tires too..
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thats the look i want...dead even with fenders, if not a tad bit out....

mine are about 1-2 inches inside of the wheel well due to the style of my bed and front fenders...
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save the money for another week and get a set of rocks for like 160 then be done with it.
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maybe i will do that....

hmmm...i'm just not 100% sold on them...i mite look weird on the white truck...
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Just think about this...

A GOOD set of wheels adapters, will run NO LESS than 250 a set of four...

Look for some wheels.. Might as well..
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na spacers are way cheaper than adapters heck my dad made us some at work cnc machined from billet alluminum for our old quad so the big *** tires would fit and we POUNDED that thing with no problems
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na spacers are way cheaper than adapters heck my dad made us some at work cnc machined from billet alluminum for our old quad so the big *** tires would fit and we POUNDED that thing with no problems

you cant fit a 2inch spacer, it has to be an adapter
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Reguardless, your putting the force outside of the center on the wheel bearing. This is not a good thing.

Brian ( Wowak ) had a wheel come loose driving to Centralia in Octobre, I know someone on here who LOST a whole wheel while going around a corner.. I don't trust adapters.

I have a Honda quad. With the winch and all teh other bolt-on junk I have, it tips teh curb at 700lbs. Its a LOT lighter then a 3600 pound truck and has a lot less force when hitting a pothot as the soft 5psi tires on a quad absorbs the impact more then a Radial auto tire would.

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dont forget the lug wont have as much thread to bit on. and the bearings are going to take a pounding, the load is now placed outside the range as mentioned above. i vote no for that voodoo crap. look for some rims with a little different back spacing.
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dont forget the lug wont have as much thread to bit on. .

Again.. hes talking wheel adapters... Not spacers..
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All true statements about wear -- still, many of us run 15x8 wheels that have an inch less backspacing (stick out further) and are an inch wider than stock. The wheel sits in just about that position. Few of us have had any signs of catastrophic acceleration of wear, though it pretty much HAS to be wearing things more.

I think you should just wait and save up for wheels. The spacers are a waste of money to my mind if it's just for looks.
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D'oh, saw wheel spacer wheel adaptor but didnt put 2 and 2 together
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Reguardless, your putting the force outside of the center on the wheel bearing. This is not a good thing.

Brian ( Wowak ) had a wheel come loose driving to Centralia in Octobre, I know someone on here who LOST a whole wheel while going around a corner.. I don't trust adapters.

I have a Honda quad. With the winch and all teh other bolt-on junk I have, it tips teh curb at 700lbs. Its a LOT lighter then a 3600 pound truck and has a lot less force when hitting a pothot as the soft 5psi tires on a quad absorbs the impact more then a Radial auto tire would.

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All correct. Actually because the Mustang wheels have so much backspacing, my offset is closer to stock with the adapters than it would be without them. If I had it all to do over again I'd just get a set of 17" Explorer Limited wheels (the chrome 5 spokes) and never use the adapters. I still may do that in the future.

That all said, if you're going to use adapters, you'd best get one that is hub-centric like I use. Mine are made by Steeda specifically for the SN95 Mustang, but the Ranger uses the same hub design. This way you know the adapter is centered, avoiding all of the balancing problems common to adapter plates. Spacer plates are RIGHT OUT. You couldn't pay me to use them.
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