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Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

What are your guys' opinions on the two? I want to get some to give my jeep a bit wider wheel stance. The big reason why I am looking at the rough country spacers is the price. They are 2 for $60 vs. 2 for $100. Is there anyone that has any feedback on the two spacers? I see more people use spidertrax than rough country.
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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

I bought Rough Country spacers and sheered a bolt. Wouldn't have found out until a tire rolled off my jeep if it wasn't for my rear brakes replacement when the mechanic found it. Rough Country said they'd replace the bolt but I just threw them away and won't be getting spacers in the future. I almost bought some spidertrax and I hear really good things about them, but I just won't take the chance after that.
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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

I have 1.5" Spidertrax on my 08 WK and I havent had a problem with them at all.. they bump my 265/70/17s out just a bit passed the fenders. Give it a more aggressive look and my WK has handled better in turn.

Wheel spacers are a sensitive subject for some... some love them, some hate them.. if you are going to go with them, I would say go with the Spidertrax on the theory of you get what you pay for. (they are an integral piece of equipment)..but lots of people also seem to like the Rough Country ones. I went better safe than sorry and go the Spidertrax.. but the choice is yours and your alone. Those 2 are the most popular of brands. Go with whatever you can afford and feel best with.
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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

I have Spidertrax because they are both hub-centric & wheel-centric. Dunno of RC's are the same.
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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

Spidertrax FTW Spun Aluminum VS CAST RC are cast so they are brittle.

Spidertrax also Hub/wheel centric.

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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

Thanks for the input guys. Sounds like most people would go spridertrax. Looks like I might go that route too. I'm sketchy with the RC spacers after some of that feedback. Hopefully I will be picking some up next week

Can you answer me another question? I've heard that a lot of shops won't work on rigs with spacers. Is this true?
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Thanks for the input guys. Sounds like most people would go spridertrax. Looks like I might go that route too. I'm sketchy with the RC spacers after some of that feedback. Hopefully I will be picking some up next week

Can you answer me another question? I've heard that a lot of shops won't work on rigs with spacers. Is this true?

Work on meaning?... roatating your tires?

Some have a problem, not sure why.. maybe they feel they dont want to be responsible if something goes wrong with them.. although.. i don't see how that is.. especially bc any shop should know how to work with wheel spacers..
I wouldnt worry about any issues.. if your taking your jeep to a shop and they dont want to work on it bc of them.. its their loss... take your business elsewhere.. I'm sure there are shops by you that will work on it. Shouldnt be a problem.
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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

From what I heard on these forums, I mean anything involving removing a wheel/tire. I swear I saw multiple posts that said a lot of shops won't work on them if they have wheel spacers. I'm sure I can find a shop that will. I was just curious after hearing about others having issues.
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From what I heard on these forums, I mean anything involving removing a wheel/tire. I swear I saw multiple posts that said a lot of shops won't work on them if they have wheel spacers. I'm sure I can find a shop that will. I was just curious after hearing about others having issues.
yea, i wouldnt worry about it.
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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

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From what I heard on these forums, I mean anything involving removing a wheel/tire. I swear I saw multiple posts that said a lot of shops won't work on them if they have wheel spacers. I'm sure I can find a shop that will. I was just curious after hearing about others having issues.
Places like Les Schwab or Discount Tire won't work on wheel spacers around here, at least. They won't even rotate the tires if spacers are installed. But mechanics at normal shops most likely will.

Tire rotation is something you can do at home anyway for free and pretty quickly. Plus, if you have spacers installed, it gives you a chance to check them over and re-torque if necessary.

In response to the comment above about RC's being cast and not spun, the part most likely to fail on a spacer is the bolt. Also, RC's are hub-centric, just to clear that up.
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I bought Rough Country spacers and sheered a bolt. Wouldn't have found out until a tire rolled off my jeep if it wasn't for my rear brakes replacement when the mechanic found it. Rough Country said they'd replace the bolt but I just threw them away and won't be getting spacers in the future. I almost bought some spidertrax and I hear really good things about them, but I just won't take the chance after that.
I'd be willing to bet that was a result of loose lugnuts rather than a part failure. Did you use loctite and torque them back down after 500 miles?
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Re: Rough Country vs Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

Yeah. Checked the torque regularly. Never notice them loose when I re-torqued, either. Used blue loctite.
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