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Wheel Spacers - Pro/Con

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by wingnutted, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. Mar 3, 2020 at 6:38 PM
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    Any one out there running wheel spacers to adjust for offset? Any significant problems that you've had when using?
     
  2. Mar 3, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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    I'm running spider trax 1.25" wheel spacers with stock trd off-road wheels. Had them on for about 5k miles, and zero negative effects. Just make sure to use some blue loc tite and torque them, I torqued mine to 110 ft/lbs. Rechecked after 1k miles and they were all still torqued to original.
     
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    I have them on my truck for about 2 yrs now, no issues at all. Just get a good quality wheel spacer and you'll be fine.
     
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    I’m using BORA. Everything I’ve read says you’re best to stick with BORA or Spidertrax.
     
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    True... another quality part that you don't want to cheap out on..... or you might be driving one day and find yourself racing your wheel and tire:mudding:
     
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  6. Mar 3, 2020 at 8:57 PM
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    Yeah, ordered 1.25" Spidertrax, I guess we'll see
     
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  7. Mar 26, 2020 at 5:30 PM
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    Got any pictures down the side of the truck showing how much the tires stick out? I'm debating adding some spider trax spacers 1.25" to push the stock trd wheel out just a tad to clear the new upper control arms that were installed. I'm getting a minor rub at full lock. This is a cheaper solution right now compared to new rims.
     
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  8. Mar 26, 2020 at 5:49 PM
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    This is the only pic I have, I'll get a pic of exactly what you're looking for tomorrow. You have to think about the tire size as well, mine are stock size, 275/65, with a wider tire, it will stick out a little more.


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    Thanks for the pic! That helps. I'm running 295/70/18 Cooper's. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Mar 27, 2020 at 6:30 AM
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    Here you go.

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    Nice. That looks perfect to me. Last question, are you running them on the rear also or just the front? Do you think it would be noticeable or look weird if only running on the front? My shop just recommended doing the front only to clear the UCA's and leave the rear alone.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2020 at 8:29 AM
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    Yes, I'm running them front and rear. If I were you, I'd definitely run them front and rear, just to make everything look even. Just running them on the front, would look like the Chevy hd trucks look sometimes, if you ever noticed, the front ends are wider on the hd gm trucks, it's really noticable with aftermarket wheels, it just doesn't look right to me.
     
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  13. Mar 27, 2020 at 8:30 AM
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    Plenty of folks run them without issue but I never would consider them. Risky in my opinion.

    Have seem them fail on hotrods and imports...but that was many years ago. Perhaps they are made better now.
     
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  14. Mar 27, 2020 at 8:34 AM
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    Rear view.

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    This is why you spend a little more and get a quality product, spider tracks or Bora, they are hub centric for our trucks. Also, back in the day, wheel spacers was an actual spacer, once put on, the lugs get shorter, hence the problem with the breaking/falling off, not enough threads left for the lug nut.

    If you really think about it, what we are running, could be called and adapter, since it doesn't make the lugs shorter and it gives us five new lugs that the wheels bolt to.
     
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    Thanks. I've seen several trucks around here like you described and that's what I was trying to avoid. I'll just go with front/rear then assuming it fixes the rubbing issue on the front end after they are test fitted. Thanks again @easleycrawler .
     
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    True, I haven't heard any stories about these name brands failing like you heard 20+ years ago
     
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    No problem. It's gonna cost a little more for all 4, but the end result, you will be happy and not have to order and wait on shipping twice.
     
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