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    VIDEO : SPACING OUT - How to Install Spidertrax Wheel Spacers

    In a perfect world, running wheels with a lot of back spacing or one that are as close to factory as possible are really something you want to have. They'll help maintain your scrub radius, make it easier for you to steer and they'll even help prevent your ball joints and unit bearings from failing prematurely. Of course, this isn't always possible once you start modding your Jeep and install bigger tires and this is because you'll run into issues like rubbing of suspension components at a full turn and or at a full flex. New wheels with less back spacing would take care of this but they can cost a pretty penny and then there's the question of, what if you like the wheels that you already have?

    Wheel spacers are what I would recommend and they're a great solution being that they're relatively affordable, super easy to install and they'll effectively reduce the amount of back spacing you have on your existing wheels. It is important to note that there are "wheel spacers" and then there are "high quality wheel spacers" that bolt on to your axles and then your wheels to them. The later is what I'm referring to and the prior, the kind that just get sandwiched in between your wheels and axles using the existing wheel studs, they are dangerous and should NOT be used. For me personally, I prefer to use Spidertrax wheel spacers because they're made out of 6061T6 aluminum and maybe more importantly, are made in the USA. The Spidertrax wheel spacers we bought (yes, we actually bought these with our own money) are made specifically for a Jeep JL Wrangler and that means they come in 5 on 5 bolt pattern, are 1.75" thick to ensure they'll clear the factory wheel studs and they come with 14mm studs. In this short video, you'll get to see just how easy they are to install and we hope that you'll find it to be helpful.



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    Way more cost effective. I would guess that it wouldn’t be that much harder on ball joints and wheel bearings than a wheel with less back spacing would be being that you’re still moving the tire/wheel further out so really, can’t see much of a drawback to running these as opposed to spending $1500+ for new wheels

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    Great video. Good quality product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RESURECTIONJK View Post
    Way more cost effective. I would guess that it wouldn’t be that much harder on ball joints and wheel bearings than a wheel with less back spacing would be being that you’re still moving the tire/wheel further out so really, can’t see much of a drawback to running these as opposed to spending $1500+ for new wheels
    Yup, no different than running wheels with less back spacing. I won't lie, I would prefer new wheels and most likely will get some eventually but for now, these got the job done, were readily available and were way more cost effective

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    Great video. Good quality product.
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    Nice video. Got them on the MJ, 1 1/4 on the front and 1 1/2 on the rear ‘cause the 9in rear end is about 5/8” narrower. They are first class.
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    Good video! I’ve never installed a set of these before.


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    Spidertrax is the way to go! Video is great as usual.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linebacker View Post
    Nice video. Got them on the MJ, 1 1/4 on the front and 1 1/2 on the rear ‘cause the 9in rear end is about 5/8” narrower. They are first class.
    Funny you should say as much. Back in the say, I did something similar on my old CJ-7 being that the AMC 20 was narrower.

    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    Good video! I’ve never installed a set of these before.
    That's a good thing. When possible, new wheels with the right back spacing is always the better way to go.

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    Spidertrax is the way to go! Video is great as usual.
    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the video

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    Great video! Just this morning I watched a YouTuber mount wheel spacer WRONG on his Silverado. He didnt get them thick enough and had to “shave down” the stock studs to fit. I actually posted your video in his comments section lol
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    I like how they match the blue on the coilovers. Color matching is important for additional points on your CTI score.
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