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post #1 of 5 Old 03-01-2015, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Chirp/Squeek after Wheel Spacer Install

So I installed Sydertrax 1.5" wheel spacers on my 08' JKU last night. All was well until I was driving home this afternoon and I heard an annoying chirp..chirp..chirp echoing off the buildings and cars around me (25 mph).

The install went smooth, didn't have a deep socket for my torque wrench so I tightened them down "bubba tight" with my tire iron. I thought maybe I tightened the lug nuts on the wheels down too tight and might be warping my rotors? loosened all 4 tires up and tightened them back down to about 80-90lb. (estimated). Still hearing the chirp chirp chirp.

I know its involved with the spacers. One spacer didn't quite want to go on so I took a rubber mallet and got it to sit flush with a couple hits but its still not making sense to me. Any ideas what I am dealing with here?
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Also, I did notice that when I had the tires off I could grab the hub and there was a little play in and out. When the tire was on and still off the ground I could also make it move in and out just a hair (1/16" to an 1/8"). I cant make it move on the ground however. Any thoughts???

Update: Had it out on the road and it is more pronounced when turning left.

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Did you take the retaining clips off the hubs before installing spacers, should not have had to hammer on to make them fit flush.
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Did you take the retaining clips off the hubs before installing spacers, should not have had to hammer on to make them fit flush.
I have aftermarket wheels, all the clips where off the hubs. There was only one that needed some manipulating with a rubber mallet to sit flush, the rear driver side. I thought it odd. The rear wheels had about 1/16" play or so, I think we are noticing it come from both back tires that have play which is telling me the rear wheel bearings are going bad. After the spacers got put on I am thinking the added stress made it become known. If anyone else has an idea I am game to hear it...
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There should be zero play between the rotor and the spacer and likewise between the spacer and the rim. The play may be coming from shaft bearings and the spacers could have changed load just enough to make them give warning signs after 7 years of service.
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