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Wheel Spacers

Was wondering if ayone has put wheel spacers on? I want my tire width alittle wider and i found a set of 4 2"spacers and was wondering if they do much or if there is a problem with putting them on?
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holy god no
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its gonna ride like crap
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as you can tell most believe that it is a total no no. however if you have to go that rout make sure that the spacers bolt to your hub then the wheel bolts to the spacer.

sorta like this one
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I've got wheel spacers in the back of my truck to make my rears even with my fronts since the Fabtech spindles at width. I wouldn't ever do spacers on the front however.
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as you can tell most believe that it is a total no no. however if you have to go that rout make sure that the spacers bolt to your hub then the wheel bolts to the spacer.

sorta like this one
That's still scary lookin!
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wimps i have 1 inch spacers and no problems........
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wimps i have 1 inch spacers and no problems........
Key word is "1 inch". He's thinking of 2 inch, that is going to put a lot more leverage on your front end that only 1 inch.

Personally if it is not going to go off-road AT ALL, then I would maybe consider it. But if in any way it is going off orad, even gravel roads, I wouldnt touch them.
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Key word is "1 inch". He's thinking of 2 inch, that is going to put a lot more leverage on your front end that only 1 inch.

Personally if it is not going to go off-road AT ALL, then I would maybe consider it. But if in any way it is going off orad, even gravel roads, I wouldnt touch them.
i agree two inch is alittle much but i still feel like they will be fine as long as you keep an eye on them, seems like one person heres one bad thing about any type of product everyone jumps on the wagon idk what it is, ive never had a problem, my old ranger was tortured daily and never did i have a bit of ploblem and if i remember correctly they were 1.5's, granted after saying this i see a wheel flying off soon enough......
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I have 2 inch wheel spacers on mine. The only thing I worry about is the inside lug nuts coming loose. It rides fine , but I dont think my wheel bearings like them very much. OH to the person that said they are no good off road my truck is driven more off road than on
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Wheel spacers have a place. I just bought some 1.25" spacers for the front of my truck. I need them to clear my lower links. That being said. Wheel spacers are high maintenance. The lugs that keep the spacer connected to the axle have to be retighted and checked alot.

Now for your application wheel spacers are not for you. They shouldnt be used just for looks, because they do have a risk involved.

If you do decide to get spacers, at least make sure they are not cheap ones. Mine are made by spidertrax.
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That's still scary lookin!
Eh as long as its tightened correctly and you check them ever so often making sure they are torqued your fine. I ran them when I was on 17's with no worries its just 10 extra lug nuts you have to check every so often.
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I have 1.50 on mine I have to or else i cant clear with my rims and 31's.....I replaced my rear with an 88 8.8 4:10 possi-trac and it wasnt as wide now it wont clear my stock jeep rims on my 31x11.5x15 mt's w/o teh spacers...my truck lives offroad the spacers are fine aslong as they are torqued
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I had the ones on my ranger, that were like the ones in the picture.

The only proof i have that those are the safest, is getting drilled by a drunk driver and hitting the curb, cracking my wheel in half. The actual spacer never gave in, the spacer(like the one in the picture) stayed bolted on..

So, to sum it up. The wheel itself broke before the spacer did.
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I had the ones on my ranger, that were like the ones in the picture.

The only proof i have that those are the safest, is getting drilled by a drunk driver and hitting the curb, cracking my wheel in half. The actual spacer never gave in, the spacer(like the one in the picture) stayed bolted on..

So, to sum it up. The wheel itself broke before the spacer did.
i don't think they are saying the spacer is structurally weak, its the fact that most people won't pull the wheel off the make sure the inner lugs are tightened down as often as they should..


I say go for it, although I don't fully approve.. why not
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I found wheel spacer on Eibach but they said that wheel spacer are recommended for rear only.Why???I'm not a guy that off-road very often i just want a get the spacer for the look...I want a have the 45mm spacer.Why did you say guy that we have to retight often the bolt?? We don't have to retight the bolt on stock wheel.....

http://www.livermoreperformance.com/...rs.html#notehr
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i have 1.25" spacers and there fine. i havent had problems and you shouldnt as long as you torque them right
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Can you fit 33x12.5x15 with 1" spacers, and a light T bar crank and shackles?
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so 2 in spacers are fine if you make sure they are torqued right??
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