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Rear Wheel Spacers??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by backcountry, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. backcountry

    backcountry 1/2 ton status

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    Does anyone use wheel spacers on their rear ends? I would like my rear end to equal my front track if possible or practical.

    Any suggestions both positive and negative?

    If so, any suggestions on witch ones to purchase?

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    Unsafe IMO.
     
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    They arnt that bad if you have a 14bff.
     
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    yep, those are the ones I run. They kick azz. People say that you should check the nuts on them to make sure they are tight every time you take your wheels off... well, I have been for more than 3 years now and my torque wrench always just clicks. They haven't loosened up a single ft/lb, so far as I can tell, in 3 years. I keep checking them tho.

    IMO, they are only "unsafe" if you don't take the time to check them on occassion.... just like wheel lug nuts and the nuts on your u-bolts and stuff... check them frequently and you wont have any probs.

    Having the front/rear track equal is a very good thing IMO. Wider is better with respect to stability sure, but more importantly your front and read tires will follow the same lines when you're offroad. Back when I had different width axles, I used to get annoyed that I'd have my front tires going where I wanted them but when the rear tires would get to the same spot they would be slipping/sliding in/out of the ruts the front tires were running in.

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    Those spacers look very stout. My only concern would be my 12 bolt rear end. I only have 35" tires though. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
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    There is absolutely noting unsafe about a quality wheel spacer less than a 1.5" or so—at least no more unsafe than any after market aluminum wheel. Of course like aluminum wheels you’ll wanna check your bolt torque periodically after the first several miles.

    I run 1.5" wheel spacers from Performance Wheel & Tire on my Jimmy originally with a 10b and 35s and now w/ a 14b and 38s. I personally can't stand the look of a narrower rear axle. Other than just looks though, I can't vouch for any noticeable difference in handing or off-road performance.
     

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