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Spacer or new wheels

Okay, up on the fence and I ve been reading both sides of the argument. Should I go spacer or new wheels. Spacers are minimum half of the cost, but I keep hearing horror stories of bent axle flanges.

should I save for wheels...sorry for the repeat, just trying to get a build list together for this winter.

Sorry, plan is stock axles till I get it paid d30 d44 non rubi on 35 falken wild peak

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Start with some Crager soft 8s for 50 bucks a pop. You may be able to find them cheaper on ebay or craigslist.
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Start with some Crager soft 8s for 50 bucks a pop. You may be able to find them cheaper on ebay or craigslist.
Yes depending on what size wheel he wants to run. The Cragers is a cheap option though. The wheel spacers is not bad either but you want one that is hub centric and make sure everything is torqed right. I would avoid eBay or craislist for something like wheel spacers...

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running spacers is no different than running 4.5" bs wheels. I always vote for new wheels unless you find a good deal on spacers. I've had good luck with eBay spacers that were 60 bucks a pair... But I still vote wheels.

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Check JEGS for wheels, saw a killer deal on the jegs brand that looked like the CRAGAR soft 8.

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I am thinking about wheel spacers i am a fan of the stock rubi wheels, I have heard good things about the spidertrax ones, i feel more comfortable going that route other than finding cheap ones on ebay but thats just me

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I wheeled the crap out of spidertrax with stock rubi wheels & 35" mud grapplers for almost 3 years


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Had two guys along ways from home stuck next to my store the other day due to a spacer failing. If it didn't break in the parking lot next to an auto parts store they may have had a serious and costly problem. I think if checked often and you have a quality product you may be ok. I have read more negative than positive on spacers between this forum and Cherokee forum so I would never even consider them other than an offroad only rig.


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I'm running spacers but only because I havent found a wheel I really want. I haven't had any issues with them but I rotate my tires every oil change and retorque the spacers while the wheels are off.

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I wheeled the crap out of spidertrax with stock rubi wheels & 35" mud grapplers for almost 3 years
Which spacers did you use?

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Spacers are cool but you double the number of nuts that need to be tight. I ran them for a few months untill I could afford the correct backspacing.

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Ive ran spacers for 4 mo wheeling and daily driving no probs yet but i keep a eye on things. Rember anything will fail if you dont maintain it correctly

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I have to run spacers because the wheels I have require them. My advice is get a set from a reputable manufacturer and make sure to torgue them correctly and recheck them after about 500 miles. I had one set fail on me and I beleive it was because they weren't installed propperly (I didn't install them). My second set were spidertrax and I installed and checked these personally and have never had a issue.

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I wheeled the crap out of >spidertrax< with stock rubi wheels & 35" mud grapplers for almost 3 years
This whole argument has gone down a dozen times or more on here.
Most of the the "spacers suck!, they'll kill you and rape your cat!" people have never used them, just heard stories.
I'm sure a few have failed, but so has at least a few of EVERY part.

I'm only gonna stand up for spidertrax, since they seemed to be the best, thats what I went with.
They're hubcentric, so most of the load is carried on the wheel hub.
People dont freak out and worry about their lug nuts possibly coming loose but thats the big "fear" with spacers. Theyre held on the same as your wheels.
Worrying about spacers coming loose is the same as worrying about your wheels coming loose and falling off.
Actually, your wheel lugs are MORE likely to back off, since you're supposed to use loctite on spacers, but no one loctites their lugs!

Mine were on since day fucking 2 of ownership up until I got my recentered humvee wheels a little while back. 3 years+ and 50k+ miles - most of it with 35"s.
I used loctite when I put them on never looked back.
Now they're on another JKO members rig, still doing their job.

The spacer horror stories /stigma mainly stems from the old crappy spacer plates from the go fast section at the local autoparts store that go over your lug bolts and behind the wheel.
They negate any hubcentric support the wheels had, put extra shear strain on lug bolts, etc.
And then idiots started stacking them, radically increasing the leverage on the lug bolts and reducing the amount of threads holding everything on and shit would break and fall off. - "Why did Fred's wheel fall off when he hit that speed bump?" "He had spacers and they made it break"

As far as extra leverage on hubs/bearings - its the same whether you have 6.25" backspace rims (stock) with a 1.5" spacer or a 4.75" BS wheel. The tire contact patch is going to be the same distance away from the centerline of the bearing surface.


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I have rough country spacers on mu jku and 10 k later no problems id buy them again


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