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Rear Axle Spacers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigbluesuburban, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. bigbluesuburban

    bigbluesuburban 1/2 ton status

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    I just bought new 16x8 MT Wheels for my sub. The rear track width is a little narrower than the front... or at least it appears that way. Since this is my daily driver I want it to look great. So I would like to have the rear wheels out even with the wheelwell. So before I go do all the measuring, does anyone know how much spacer I am going to need, and is there a manufacturer who might have said spacer in stock and ready to ship?

    Thanks for the info.

    Oh, and I need them for the 3/4ton 8 lug truck.
     
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  2. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Not sure where you can get them any more. Tony P on here used to make them, but i havent seen him post in a long time. 1.5" on each side will make it equal to the front.
     
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    When your out wheeling will the spacers become a weak point?
     
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    hope not
     
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    You could just swap a van 14 bolt in. That will give you an extra 1.25" per side. It evened mine out close enough that you can't tell a difference. I had to relocate the spring perches and shock mounts to fit it under my Blazer. Not sure if you would on a 3/4ton.
     
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    possibly, clean threads, proper torque sequence, and inspect often. it depends on how much you like your rims and how cheap they are. i recently got a few sets of $1200 rims and tires for nothing so its worth my time to get spacers
     
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    I just got a set from caleb22, can't remember where he got the from though.
     
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    Lets see... $100 spacers, 16 lug nuts, and Nelson Tires does it for free while rotating my tires... OR... New rear axle $X00.00, welding and fab work at local shop $X00.00, Perhaps Brakes and seals and whatever else to get up to acceptable quality$X00.00, Gear Swap $X00.00, and Lots of down time. TOTAL $XX00.00 +/-

    Hey I appreciate that suggestion. But I think the spacers are the way to go.
     
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    My 14 bolt cost me $150 and I had the welding done for free. If you think swapping a rear axle is going to cost you over $1000 you need find a better junk yard and learn to do some of the work yourself. It just seems like a lot safer of an option to me.
     
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    Well I guess you are THE MAN!!!!!!
     
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    Many years ago I used the Performance Wheel 1.5" spacers on the rear of my Blazer (6-lug at the time). I had bought them used off of Steve (ColoradoK5) who had used them on the UAV previously.

    I never had any problems with them including doing quite a bit of light to moderate wheelin' with 35" tires.....including breaking the front 10-bolt twice.

    Here is a old write-up on them:
    http://www.off-road.com/chevy/reviews/spacers/

    And here is the webpage:
    http://www.performancewheel.com/Spacers.cfm?category=6#pricing
     
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    I have perf wheel spacers also, 1.5", never had a single problem. The nuts stay tight. I have probably checked their torque 30-40 times since I installed them 3 years ago... and they have never, ever turned at all... the torque wrench just goes "click click!" at me. I don't see any reason, safety or otherwise, not to run spacers to even out the track width.

    j
     
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    I agree, I agree, I agree.

    I would also wonder if the van rear axle is as easy to get parts for? Broken axle shaft? Is it as common as the truck? Are the brakes the same? I guess I see the van axle as the long way around.
     
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    As far as I know, most all of the parts interchange with no problems. Shouldn't be any harder to get parts for than any other ff14b (read: not hard at all!).

    As far as being the "long way around" it all depends if you can weld or not. If you can, its a simple/easy/cheap swap, if you can't (or dont know someone who will weld perches etc for you) it ain't.

    j
     
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    AFAIK, the only difference is the van 14b shafts are longer. I know you will worry, but how often have you broken 14 b shafts of any kind? Or seen others break them? Not often.
     

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