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Old 02-10-2011, 08:39 PM
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SO I have a dilemma:

I want/need a wider track on my truck. Im not going to do any suspension work right now, and I really dont feel like investing in new wheels again. So here is the question I pose: What are the feelings toward wheel spacers? I know there is the great debate on whether or not they actually wear out components faster in the driveline. I was told to use a different offset wheel, but that is essentially the same damn thing. I was looking into spidertrax, hub/wheel centric spacers for this small project, but wanted to hear some opinions first. I drive on trails in the Upper Peninsula quite often when visiting my dad, and when I drive to pipelines for work. The truck is a stock height FX4 LII ridin on 15x8 Black Rock Wheels w/stock offset and 31x10.5x15 tires. Any opinions would help, especially if you have run spacers before. Thanks all!
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:42 PM
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if you want an inch or so it shouldnt be bad especially with stock suspension, just make sure to keep them tight.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:46 PM
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it will just wear your wheel bearings. as long as you get hubcentric spacers youll be a-ok
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:54 PM
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I was looking at the 1.5" for increase of 3" total. Yay? Nay?
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:59 PM
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thats a lot... but i have seen worse... i mean it is better to go with the rim back spacing, but the spacers are ok, its not gonna kill you, but if you are on a lot of rough roads mashing, its gonna be hard on the rig.
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thats a lot... but i have seen worse... i mean it is better to go with the rim back spacing, but the spacers are ok, its not gonna kill you, but if you are on a lot of rough roads mashing, its gonna be hard on the rig.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:38 PM
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but wouldnt the offset increase be the same as a spacer? Either way, it still puts the wheel/tire track in the same place, just a different way of doing it, or am I comletely missing something?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:01 PM
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Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? BUMP?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:31 PM
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:49 PM
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but wouldnt the offset increase be the same as a spacer? Either way, it still puts the wheel/tire track in the same place, just a different way of doing it, or am I comletely missing something?
exactly.... spacers are fine, just use correct centric spacers.. you will have no issues..
my rears are spacer-ed 1.5" it compensates for the back spacing of the stang wheels I have..
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:21 PM
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I ran 2" spacers on my lifted ranger for awhile. I had no problems. I think they are illegal to run in michigan but not sure, might be in your state to.

I was just leary of the damn things coming off. I used red locktight on mine, from the spacer to the lugs and really cranked them on.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:13 AM
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could get a wider rim with some back spacing on it. a set of steel cragers cost just as much as wheel spacers do.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:25 AM
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Yeah the thing about it is if you get a wider rim you will get a wider track, but you can have a more centered hub. Wheel spacers aren't the end of the world, its like smoking, people say it kills you but some people wond die!
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:30 AM
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Yeah the thing about it is if you get a wider rim you will get a wider track, but you can have a more centered hub. Wheel spacers aren't the end of the world, its like smoking, people say it kills you but some people wond die!
i looked at them on my truck for getting the stockers out a little further right up until i noticed rims were often cheaper lol so i just never saw the reason for it i guess. all depends on personal preference they wont kill you just tighten the bolts down when you do an oil change and you'll be fine running them. the added wear on the wheel bearings isn't anymore than a more offset rim or a wider rim.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:41 PM
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Default Re: To space or not to space, that is the question...... HELP!

I already soaked 650 bucks into new wheels and mounting my tires on them and didnt think about the offset until mounted and saw the stance and realized I hate the handling on gravel/sand roads. Hell, even on paved roads when its windy or the roads wind a bit, the handling could be better. I have all new shocks on the truck, which are the OEM Bilsteins. I dont mash the truck around, i just drive down quite a few unpaved roads and would like more stability. My current wheels are 15x8, from the stock 15x7.

Terryduanemiller and pooleo, who makes your guys spacers and are the hub centric? I was looking into spidertracks, but was told by them directly that they wont fit due to the hub center size. I guess the Jeeps are a bigger center and would not fit into my rims. Any help on that is appreciated as well. Thanks again everyone!
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