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letsgomets 12-07-2011 03:09 AM

Wheel Spacer question
 
Can someone explain what the cons are for installing wheel spacers? I am looking at possibly replacing my crappy 17" laredo wheels with something nicer and want a wider stance. Will this damage anything? Will my chances of something breaking increase if I go moderate offroading? Any advice anyone can give me is greatly appreciated. I dont know a lot (strike that, I dont know squat) about buying wheels (in case you couldnt already tell). :confused:

fljeepleo 12-07-2011 08:29 AM

Re: Wheel Spacer question
 
You dont need wheel spacers if your getting new wheels,, just get wider wheels. Spacers are for getting a wider stance out of wheels that arent wide enough.

Crestwood1001 12-07-2011 08:54 AM

^actually that's not what spacers are for. Spacers are ment for giving you added clearance around the tires in the case that the tires rub. But a lot of people use them for a better look whcih is stupid because the use of them increases your chance of trouble ten fold.

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letsgomets 12-07-2011 01:45 PM

Re: Wheel Spacer question
 
Thanks for your help, Ive seen these spacers all over ebay etc and seen youtube vids on what they do but didnt know much about them. I will do some more searching in the wheels forum about what to look out for. thanks.

Crestwood1001 12-07-2011 01:46 PM

Never, ever, ever touch ebay wheel spacers. Get them from a reputable company. They are dangerous if not quality and installed right. People have been killed

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lll2for3lll 12-07-2011 01:52 PM

Re: Wheel Spacer question
 
My cousin had wheel spacer failure on the street, hit a school bus, rolled into a ditch, and burned alive.

He was a mechanic and checked his stuff regularly.

letsgomets 12-07-2011 02:03 PM

Re: Wheel Spacer question
 
so you guys are saying I shouldnt get wheel spacers? Ok ive been scared straight.

lll2for3lll 12-07-2011 02:04 PM

Re: Wheel Spacer question
 
Getting them for looks is non sense.

fljeepleo 12-07-2011 03:16 PM

Re: Wheel Spacer question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Crestwood1001 (Post 529322)
^actually that's not what spacers are for. Spacers are ment for giving you added clearance around the tires in the case that the tires rub. But a lot of people use them for a better look whcih is stupid because the use of them increases your chance of trouble ten fold.

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Proper wheels with proper back spacing take care of that. You should not need spacers if you buy the appropriate wheel to match the tires. Spacers are a cheap option if you don't want to buy new wheels. You can fit a 14.5 wide tire without using spacers if you have a wheel with the appropriate back spacing and width.


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