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Verminator 04-07-2012 11:42 AM

To space or not to space? story short, I installed the OME HD lift kit and got some 18" Sahara rims that I mounted 265/70/18's onto. I thought I'd spacers to clear the bolt and the brakes but turns out I'm fine on the brakes but very close on the bolt. Am I too dangerously close to hitting the bolt and I should mount the spacers or do you think I'm fine and it shouldn't be an issue?

Escape 04-07-2012 11:53 AM

Re: To space or not to space?
It looks like your fine...

But don't do spacers!

Cut the bolt down to the nut or get different rims.

Spacers are not only dangerous they put undue stress on the studs and hub.

Verminator 04-07-2012 12:03 PM

What purpose does that hex tip serve and why can I just cut it off? Does it make it harder to take off the UCA's?

Escape 04-07-2012 12:25 PM

Re: To space or not to space?

Originally Posted by Verminator (Post 608801)
What purpose does that hex tip serve and why can I just cut it off? Does it make it harder to take off the UCA's?

The hex tip is used to hold the ball joint from turning when using hand tools to remove the nut. If you use air tools it provides no use. Mine have been cut for 4 yrs and I have taken them apart a few times with no problems.

Verminator 04-07-2012 01:19 PM, so turns out I might have a different problem without the spacers. The tire is rubbing on the frame of the car right before full lock. I might be able to just live with not going to full lock unless absolutely necessary.

It looks like it's only damaging the very edge of the tread.

Verminator 04-12-2012 02:05 AM

Re: To space or not to space?
So I've decided to purchase some 1/4" spacers just to clear the frame. I also beat on the plate shown there with a sledge hammer to bend the edge over. The edge was catching the tire tread and ripping it to pieces. When I have the 1.5" Spidertrax spacers on, the fronts are fine, but the rears could not fully compress without hitting the fender lip. I could roll the fenders but I'd rather not have to run the spacers anyway. Since the front track width is smaller than the rear anyway, I'm hoping the 1/4" spacers will not only help me clear the frame but also even out the track width front to rear.

So if you're wondering, yes, you can run 265/70/18's (or 265/75/17)with a 2" lift but you have to do the pinch weld mod, bend some other things out of the way, and space your wheels. Depending on your choice of tire, you might also have to trim the UCA ball joint bolt. In my case, I have Falken Wildpeak AT's and do not need to trim the bolt. My 18" Sahara's are the same fit as the stock 17's but just 1 inch larger in diameter.

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