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i want to run 31's x 10.5 on my stock YJ and someone sugested spacers but what are they and where do they go?
 

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They (we) were talking about wheel spacers. They go between the wheel and the rotor, over the wheel studs.
1/4" ones slip over the stock studs and then the wheel bolts on.
1" or longer ones bolt to the stock studs, but have new studs on the spacer that the wheel bolts to.

The rear studs on Jeeps are not long enough to use a 1/4" spacer safely, but you can buy and install longer wheel studs.


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Originally posted by Brent:
i want to run 31's x 10.5 on my stock YJ and someone sugested spacers but what are they and where do they go?
You don't need them if you don't mind either some wheel rubbing, or else adjusting your steering stops. Either way, you will lose a bit of turning radius if you don't use the spacers. On the other hand, the spacers are going to put a bit more stress on your bearings and will cost you money.

I ran 31x10.5 tires w/o spacers for a few years and didn't really notice the lost turning radius. You don't lose that much.


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I have been thinking about using spacers, my rear tires are rubbing against my tailpipe and are only about 1/4" from my leaf springs!
So, either find rims with a more negative offset or use the spacers?
What's the max. distance spacers can provide? 2"? Also, who carries these and approx. how much are they?

Originally posted by lars:
You don't need them if you don't mind either some wheel rubbing, or else adjusting your steering stops. Either way, you will lose a bit of turning radius if you don't use the spacers. On the other hand, the spacers are going to put a bit more stress on your bearings and will cost you money.

I ran 31x10.5 tires w/o spacers for a few years and didn't really notice the lost turning radius. You don't lose that much.


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I don't know hte exact price, but 1" and larger are super expensive, like $200.00 US for a pair or something.

Unless you already have expensive cutom wheels just buy a set of American Racing black steel wheels. You can often get them for $70.00 each on sale, and they have a good variety of sizes and offsets.

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Originally posted by CJ DAVE:
my rear tires are rubbing against my tailpipe
Would it be simpler to get your tail-pipe bent a bit? I would think so...

What's the max. distance spacers can provide? 2"?
Here's one source (geez, I'm getting good at URL-guessing): http://www.wheelspacers.com/

IIRC, they're very pricey. In local speed shops you should be able to find cheap 1/4" thick spacers, but beyond this, you're into big-$$$ territory.

I agree with Lars about the added stress on the bearings too. 2" is a LOT of extra stress.

If your heart is really set on wider/bigger tires and your wallet decides it's up to the challenge of fixing it properly, then I would suggest considering wider axles (and running standard-offset wheels, making for good bearing life).

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Of course I thought of re-routing my exhaust - that wasn't the only reason I was interested in the spacers......
I hammered the crap out of my exhaust and clamped it tight against my frame, it now only rubs on sharp right turns! : )
I will be looking for cheap, steel rims with a deeper offset. Probably the simplest solution.


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Here's one source (geez, I'm getting good at URL-guessing): http://www.wheelspacers.com/

IIRC, they're very pricey. In local speed shops you should be able to find cheap 1/4" thick spacers, but beyond this, you're into big-$$$ territory.

I agree with Lars about the added stress on the bearings too. 2" is a LOT of extra stress.

If your heart is really set on wider/bigger tires and your wallet decides it's up to the challenge of fixing it properly, then I would suggest considering wider axles (and running standard-offset wheels, making for good bearing life).

My $0.02.



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Originally posted by lars:
You don't need them if you don't mind either some wheel rubbing, or else adjusting your steering stops. Either way, you will lose a bit of turning radius if you don't use the spacers. On the other hand, the spacers are going to put a bit more stress on your bearings and will cost you money.

I ran 31x10.5 tires w/o spacers for a few years and didn't really notice the lost turning radius. You don't lose that much.


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Lars, did u go with steering stops??, if so did it cost alot?. Will 1/4 inch spacers solve my rubbing problems?

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Originally posted by Brent:
Lars, did u go with steering stops??, if so did it cost alot?. Will 1/4 inch spacers solve my rubbing problems?
Steering stops? Nothing to buy, just back out the bolt on each knuckle until it sticks out far enough to stop your tires from touching the springs and full steer. Have a look on the back of your knuckle, on the side that is facing the rear of the vehicle. You will see the bolt with what looks like a lock nut (although it isn't...so don't try to loosen that nut). If you turn the steering all the way in the right direction, you will notice that the bolt comes very close to contacting the yoke. Well, you need to adjust the bolt so that it hits the yoke before the tire hits the spring pack. Simple.

Why not try the adjustment first, and then if you don't like it, buy the spacers?


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thanks again lars for your help



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