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Old 08-07-2018, 05:42 PM
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Wheel Spacers - safe?

Just bought an F150 for my 16y/o daughter. Deal is I buy base/basic truck and then help her work on it to get it to good condition plus extras she wants on it.

She is going to buy:
- Fender Flares
- Raptor Grill
- 2" lift kit
- Marker lights off my F250 (Daddy wants strobe marker lights for snow plowing)

Gonna be some quality time helping her with install of all!!

Working on a budget, so 2" lift and stock tires for a while so she wants 1.5" spacers to fill out the wheel wells to the flares. Are they safe? I would have her buy from someone like Summit Racing to get a good product. Certainly some heresay on spacers -- i will talk to my mechanic buddy on Monday as he is doing the dreaded passenger side exhaust manifold for me
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:48 PM
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Just bought an F150 for my 16y/o daughter. Deal is I buy base/basic truck and then help her work on it to get it to good condition plus extras she wants on it.



She is going to buy:

- Fender Flares

- Raptor Grill

- 2" lift kit

- Marker lights off my F250 (Daddy wants strobe marker lights for snow plowing)



Gonna be some quality time helping her with install of all!!



Working on a budget, so 2" lift and stock tires for a while so she wants 1.5" spacers to fill out the wheel wells to the flares. Are they safe? I would have her buy from someone like Summit Racing to get a good product. Certainly some heresay on spacers -- i will talk to my mechanic buddy on Monday as he is doing the dreaded passenger side exhaust manifold for me

I have heard of people even towing with spacers so i would think youd be fine. Watch the custom offsets youtube video on spacers to quality check your spacers


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Old 08-07-2018, 05:57 PM
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Some will say no, but I've run them on Jeeps and German Sedans with no issue and spirited driving. At 1.5" and less you'll be fine.

Just buy quality spacers and hardware. Nothing cheap from Ebay. Preferably hub centric so they sit flush and solid. Check torque regularly or seasonally.

Glad to hear that a young person loves vehicles. Your daughter sounds like a cool chick.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:04 PM
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Yeah, I’m in the never run wheel spacers literally ever category. I ran them once, and by the time my Jeep got off the trail they were trash. Just google wheel spacer failures...


Also, if you do quality ones like Bora, you’ll be less prone to failure. Just my .02
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:15 PM
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I've been running Spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers for 7 years with almost 70k on them. Towing/offroad/daily driving and have had no issues whatsoever.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:28 PM
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Wheel Spacers - safe?

Id pass. Especially for a kid.

Wheel bearings are spaced apart a certain distance. Somewhere In between them is the imaginary load line or desired center of tire width. This splits load between the inner and outer bearings.

As you increase offset from the ideal spacing / relationship, you reduce the load capacity / bearing life of the bearing set and maybe even spindle if you go really far.

Pretty likely 1-1/2 on a generally empty pickup truck is low to no risk, but youd be upset with yourself if something happened.

Many people do this without issues Im sure,
But Im also sure there are issues / stories you dont see.

If you do it, Id add a torque check interval on some sort. To make sure nothing is softening / loosening.

Agree on cool relationship / project comment. Nice work dad.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:30 PM
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Some will say no, but I've run them on Jeeps and German Sedans with no issue and spirited driving. At 1.5" and less you'll be fine.



Just buy quality spacers and hardware. Nothing cheap from Ebay. Preferably hub centric so they sit flush and solid. Check torque regularly or seasonally.



Glad to hear that a young person loves vehicles. Your daughter sounds like a cool chick.


Always go hub centric


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Old 08-07-2018, 07:13 PM
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Wheel spacers are fine as long as you get the hub centric bolt on type.
The fails out see out there are for the flat discs that sit like a washer between the wheel mount and rim.

Funny what she wants because a few months back i bought a 2006 f150 for my 16 y/o son and hes done/doing some of the same things.

Just installed raptor grill & replaced headlights, both fairly cheap and super easy to do.
He bought a cherry bomb glass pack to put on it and mid install, we realized it was the wrong outside diameter......so we ended up straight piping it, and it sounds great!
We also installed some 8” old school KC highlighters.

Ours came with a leveling kit installed, but my son wants to bring it up a few more inches so he can run 35’s.

Fun projects.....
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:18 PM
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:48 PM
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I have personally ran spacers on every truck I’ve pended with zero issue what so ever. They have maintaince but they aren’t a problem.

For reference I ran them on my 3/4 and 1 ton trucks and towed numerous times grossing 40k+ with no issue. I’d say between all my trucks I’ve put 150k on spacers. Probably 75K towing at 10k min
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