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Wheel Spacers

I'm running on stock wheels and I'd like to get the tires out a little more. Nothing drastic, but maybe 1" or so. I like the look of small modifications vs. big obvious ones.

Anyway, seems like wheel spacers are a pretty obvious solution but I don't know anything about them as I've never even thought about using them before. Pros and cons?

Also, how big can I go before I have to get spacers with their own lugs vs spacers that just have holes for the existing lugs to go through?

And finally, which brand or retailer do you recommend specifically, if any.
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I'm running on stock wheels and I'd like to get the tires out a little more. Nothing drastic, but maybe 1" or so. I like the look of small modifications vs. big obvious ones.

Anyway, seems like wheel spacers are a pretty obvious solution but I don't know anything about them as I've never even thought about using them before. Pros and cons?

Also, how big can I go before I have to get spacers with their own lugs vs spacers that just have holes for the existing lugs to go through?

And finally, which brand or retailer do you recommend specifically, if any.
My opinion is spacers are terrible. Buy some new wheels with the correct offset/backspacing to move them out.

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Yeah, thats probably the better solution, but I want to keep the stock wheels. Id rather leave it as is if spacers are really that bad.
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Just say NO to spacers.

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Any reasoning as to why wheel spacers are so bad or do yall just hate them inherently?
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For the cost of good steel spacers you could buy a set of rims with the desired backspace.

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^ Good point, by the time you buy QUALITY spacers, you can basically be into a new set of wheels from a cost stand point.

Spacers, especially cheap ones can be dangerous. A lot of people run them on smaller vehicles (Jeeps, imports, etc) but with the weight of these trucks and the potential for added weight via towing, it's not a risk I am willing to take.

You are moving the load on the wheel stud from very close to the base out toward the end.. Look at when a bolt breaks, typically they break in the middle/toward the end, not as likely at the base near the head (wheel hub side in this case) Like I said, some guys do it on other vehicles and have no issues. Again,I, personally am not willing to risk it in a truck of this size that I use as a DD and haul my family in.

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^ Good point, by the time you buy QUALITY spacers, you can basically be into a new set of wheels from a cost stand point.

Spacers, especially cheap ones can be dangerous. A lot of people run them on smaller vehicles (Jeeps, imports, etc) but with the weight of these trucks and the potential for added weight via towing, it's not a risk I am willing to take.

You are moving the load on the wheel stud from very close to the base out toward the end.. Look at when a bolt breaks, typically they break in the middle/toward the end, not as likely at the base near the head (wheel hub side in this case) Like I said, some guys do it on other vehicles and have no issues. Again,I, personally am not willing to risk it in a truck of this size that I use as a DD and haul my family in.


Good info. This is exactly what I was looking for. Not worth the risk now that I think about this potential problem. Thanks
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Spacer are available in a variety of dimensions, from 5mm all the way to 45mm, based on the application, allowing you to position your wheels exactly...
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