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Angry Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

My jeep is a 2015 Altitude and I have only installed Bora 1.25 spacers and BFG KO2s (ran at 45psi and 40psi). Everything else is stock.

I've had America's Tire inspect, balance, and rebalance but my steering wheel continues to vibrate once I hit 50+ MPH.

Anyone possibly know why and how can I get it fixed??

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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

I just put spacers on as well, and also slightly lowered my QL with adjuster links. I have the same steering shimmy between 60-70 mph.


I thought it had something to do with the O-rings on the hubs (I guess they hold the brake rotor on?). I initially forgot to take one o-ring off in the front, so I thought that was causing the problem. Now that I have them all off, I still have the shimmy in the wheel.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

is everything hub centric......

meaning there is a bit of material that settles into each other snugly not loosely.

if not, it will always have some vibration.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

BORA spacers, of course they are hubcentric.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

Yeah, I have BORA hubcentric spacers.

One of the managers at America's Tire took it upon himself to try to correct the issue himself. He mentioned that he torqued it at a different setting, which appears to have alleviated the issue. It still has very minimal vibration but feels significantly more stable.

Anyone have any ideas why that would have helped?
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

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Yeah, I have BORA hubcentric spacers.

One of the managers at America's Tire took it upon himself to try to correct the issue himself. He mentioned that he torqued it at a different setting, which appears to have alleviated the issue. It still has very minimal vibration but feels significantly more stable.

Anyone have any ideas why that would have helped?

Yeah, maybe they weren't properly torqued at all the first time lol.

Spacers will magnify any imbalance in your wheels/tires/alignment, so you may have had a tiny unnoticeable vibration before and now it feels larger.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

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Yeah, maybe they weren't properly torqued at all the first time lol.

Spacers will magnify any imbalance in your wheels/tires/alignment, so you may have had a tiny unnoticeable vibration before and now it feels larger.
Makes sense.

Right now, there's a slight drift to the right when I let go of the wheel past 60 MPH. I'm hoping that an alignment will correct all this.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

Rotate the wheels/tires front to rear and see if the vibration/shimmy changes or moves to the rear. That should tell you if it's one of the spacers or one of the wheel/tire combos. Check the wheel weights and see if one tire took an excessive amount of weight to balance. If so you may have to spin that tire 90 degrees on the rim and then rebalance. An alignment should help with the drift.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

My slight shimmy stopped once I did my first tire rotation.


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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

I'm in the same boat. Added 275/55/20 Cooper AT3 tires, lift, and bora 1" front and 1.25" spacers. A noticeable vibration when going over 50 as well. There's a place here in town that shaves high spots off your tires and road force balances them. Supposed to work magic. Hopefully that alleviates the issue.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

I've road force balanced my tires on our last 3 vehicles and I absolutely swear by it. The tire is rotated on the rim to match high and low spots. The balancer can tell if a different tire, from your set, should be swapped to a different wheel. It should only take 2-3 weights.

I've asked to speak to the tech on the last two before he started. I tipped him $5 and stressed I'm a car guy and want it done correctly. I don't honestly think they would take the time to match a tire to a different wheel otherwise. Both times the tech said he did end up having to swap. The $5 is worth the piece of mind.
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Re: Installed Bora 1.25 spacers and KO2s only. Why is my steering wheel vibrating??

America's Tire did a good job investigating the issue. They road forced all tires and learned that a couple of them were bad (or just had too much rubber than the other). They replaced the tires and all issues went away.
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