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Old 11-24-2006, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Doing away with front Wheel Spacers?

I have a 78 CJ5 on 36" Iroks that I swapped front and rear 79 Scout 44's in and stretched the wheebase to 99.5". I realized after getting the axles in place that I was going to have to run 2" spacers all the way around to clear my Bilsteins at full flex in the rear and for the tires not to hit the leaves in front at full steering lock. I have the spacers on and every thing clears fine but I just don't want to run spacers, I won't feel safe with them when I make this thing highway friendly and I am sure they're hell on ball joints. Currently I have 15 x 10 wheels with 3 1/2" back spacing with 13.5" wide tires. The rig has excellent turning radius even with the rear spool. I would prefer not to build new axles as I have completely gone thru both front and rear diffs and don't want to buy new tires either as these are brand new. It seems to me that I might be able to make this work with 15x8 wheels with 2 1/2 inch backspacing to gain the necessary clearance. Anybody think this will work or have any other bright ideas? Any help appreciated, thanks.
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just run it.It won't be long that you will want to swap out for 1tons anyways.Just pull the wheels and check the lugnuts once and while.
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Old 11-25-2006, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well with 2 1/2 inch backspacing I'm sure you realize your only getting 1 inch instead of 2 like you say you need. If I'm not mistaken that is the least amount of backspacing that most companies will build wheels with. You can try the new wheels and if it is not enough go with smaller spacers, if they are good, quality, billet spacers there shouldn't be anything to worry about. Good luck.
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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backspacing or wheel spacers, the load is the same on your ball joints.
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