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Old 12-16-2002, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Spacers ?- you guessed it

Since I've been driving it around on the street a good bit lately- I took the boggers off & slapped on my 33 mud tires. I keep these on 15*8 wagon wheels w/ standard BS. I got the Petroworks alum spacers to keep the 33*12.5 mts from touching into the front leaf springs when steering. I've switched the tires out several times. I put them on this last time with an impact and checked them w/ a lug wrench by hand afterward. After driving about 25 miles of highway & then an afternoon of tooling around on beach sand - I had a spacer strip out the holes that secure the spacer to the disk. The wheel went south with the spacer still attached. The spacer holes had wallowed out enough to let the lugs through.
Naturally it happened as I crested a small hill getting off of the beach to make tire changing a bitch. I am not suprised it happened - just at how quickly it gave out. I felt no vibration or any indication I had something out of whack on the drivers rear. Just a quick Thunk- & looking at the sky from a funny angle. This was after putting around on the beach. No wheeling at all. No getting in the gas.

Anybody want a set of three 1 & 1/4" spacers and 33 Kumhos for cheap? I'm keeping the boggers on from now on.
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Old 12-16-2002, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yikes! Glad you were off the highway.

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So, did Petroworks actually make these spacers, or are they really Spidertrax spacers?
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Old 12-16-2002, 01:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Pworks spacers are 1&1/4" while the Spidertrax are the anodized 1" version. These were Pworks.
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Now THAT is some scary stuff. Glad to see that your zuk is ok, oh and you too.
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Old 12-16-2002, 01:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've always wondered why people bother with wheels spacers - at ~$100/pair isn't it cheaper to get a new set of wheels with the correct backspacing? Tire mount/remount and you are at the smae price more or less.

I dunno, wheel spacers have always seemed kludgy to me. I'm surprised we don't hear more stories of these things throwing a wheel.

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Probably shouldn't be using an impact wrench.When you tighten
by hand you have a better chance of detecting a problem before
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how many lb ft. is the impact cranking down on the lugs? too much? not enough? overtightening on aluminum can be just as bad as not tightening them enough. just a thought.

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Old 12-16-2002, 05:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've always wondered why people bother with wheels spacers - at ~$100/pair isn't it cheaper to get a new set of wheels with the correct backspacing? Tire mount/remount and you are at the smae price more or less.

I dunno, wheel spacers have always seemed kludgy to me. I'm surprised we don't hear more stories of these things throwing a wheel.

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im running 6" wider sidwinders,3" backspaced wheels and petroworks spacers.wider is better IMO,im sure someone else out there agrees with me.also keeps the hub protected

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Old 12-16-2002, 05:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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im running 6" wider sidwinders,3" backspaced wheels and petroworks spacers.wider is better IMO,im sure someone else out there agrees with me.also keeps the hub protected
That doesn't prove anything - so get 2" backspaced wheels - BETTER YET get axles that put your width where you want it AND let the wheel bearings run with closer to the OEM forces they were designed for. Sounds like you really wanted 8"-10" wider than stock.

Or am I missing a subtlety here? (I doubt it)

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