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Old 12-25-2005, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone run wheel spacers are their front end only? I need some extra clearance on the front and might as well save some bucks if I can.
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Old 12-26-2005, 07:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have run spidertrax spacers http://www.spidertrax.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.4/.f for a couple of years with no problems, and yeah, you can run them in the front only. In some cases it can actually improve handling. They will cause bearings to wear somewhat faster than normal.
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Old 12-26-2005, 08:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would rather buy new wheels with less back spacing than run wheel spacers. I wider front track width is good for wheelin it help you get around things. If you do run the spacers take off you front wheels from time to time and check you torgue on the spacers.
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yeah, does anyone have any pros and cons on wheel spacers? I'm thinkin they'd be a nice cheap mod to get a more agressive stance. and if I want to put some fat 12.50s on my XJ with these spacers, am i going to need to get extended flares?
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I've seen a few run them at Supercrawl this last year. Since my wheelin is not as xtreme that gets my vote.
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Wheel spacers are great. I run them with 42" tires. More stability, less tire rub.

Get them here in 1.25" or 1.5":

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Old 01-15-2006, 08:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You'll want to put extended arms to get those big tires away from the back of the wheel well. The more you space it out, the further back the tires swing under the fenders!
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I run front spacers. Having a rear about 3" narrower helps with the turning radius off road.

That said, spacers do cause the tire to swing through more of an arc, so turning is harder if you aren't moving and the tires might hit the fender as has been mentioned.
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Spacers work in the right circumstances.

You need to be a little more specific:
What axles do you have?
Are you keeping the 35" boggers? Are they 12.50s?

The further out you go with spacers, the more force/pressure you apply to the studs, spindles, knuckles, bearings etc...
Wheel size matters as well....

I know several guys who have 1" or 1.5" front spacers on Waggy D44 front axles. This gives them width to run a C&C 14 bolt rear.

Defintely monitor the lug nut torque settings...
Check them often....
I think I read about 2-3 people who lost wheels on various BBs because they loosened up & sheared off..
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