|What 1.25" spacers
look like before they are installed.
with a trackbar relocation bracket, notice how little room there
is between the spring perch and a 32x11.50 without spacers. Aired
down, the tire would rub for sure.
you can see just how much (or how little) a 32x11.50 tire sticks
out past Jeep TJ-Sport flares.
Wheel & Tire
1.25" Wheel Spacers
not just get new wheels with less backspacing you ask? Well, I got
a set of spacers because I wanted to keep my factory Jeep Canyon wheels
and as everyone knows, they only have 5.5" of backspacing. Without
the spacers, running 32x11.50's would be a little difficult due to
the slight shift in the rear axle after installing my 2" lift.
In case you didn't know, without a new trackbar or relocation bracket,
your rear axle will shift slightly toward the passenger side enough
so that your driverside rear tire and spring perch will rub... not
good! Even with a trackbar relocation bracket, you will be left with
only about a 1/4" in between your tire and spring perch. While
this may be okay for street use, your tire will most likely rub when
aired down for the trail. The 1.25" spacers effectively reduces
your existing backspacing to 4.25" giving you plenty of breathing
room and a wider stance... in other words, more stability.
I bought my wheelspacers from Performance
Wheel & Tire and they run about $55 each. I am very
happy with the construction and quality of these spacers and would
recommend them to anyone. They are made of 6061 T6 Billet aluminum
and are "nearly twice the strength of the 6063 aluminum other
manufacturers use" - Performance
Wheel & Tire.
I had run these spacers for almost two years, have checked them every
3,000 miles since installing them and have had no problems what so
ever. None have come loose, cracked, broke or otherwise. Like any
aluminum wheel, just be sure to re-torque the lug nuts holding the
spacers to your axle to 95 ft. lbs. after driving 60-100 miles on
them. Although I found it not necessary, using a thread locking compound
like Red Lock-Tite would absolutely prevent the lug nuts from coming
Are wheelspacers dangerous to use or cause unusual stress to your
axle? High quality wheelspacers, the kind that bolt up to your axle
first are no more dangerous or cause any more stress to your axles
then would a wheel with less backspacing. Anyone who tries to tell
you otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about and I have yet
to hear a single good or specific explaination as to exactly how they
are worse. Just to be clear, the cheap-o spacers (the kind that you
can get at PepBoys and are sandwiched between your wheel and axle
using the existing wheel studs) are in fact
These cheap-o spacers leave little thread for your lug nuts to hold
onto and can fail. DO NOT USE THESE!