Jeep Renegade 25mm (1") Wheel Spacers Installation Write-Up

wayoflife

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Just like any Jeep right off the showroom floor, our Jeep Renegade Trailhawk had a stance that made it look like it was wearing a pair of skinny jeans. I mean, the Renegade itself looks great but the wheels and tires just looked way too narrow and tucked way too far inside the fenders. Needless to say, Cindy and I have been wanting to give our Renegade a slightly wider stance to help this out since day one but wasn't exactly sure how best to do that. Probably the best solution would be to get new wheels with an offset or back spacing that would push the wheels further out but, that would also be one of the most expensive options. Now, if there were a set of wheels in a bolt pattern that we need that we actually liked, we may have gone that route but unfortunately, there isn't or at least, not as of yet. Of course, as crazy as it may sound, we actually really like the factory Trailhawk wheels and so for now, we decided to just run them with a set of 25mm (about 1") wheel spacers. The best part is, going this route will only put you back about $125.

What you will need
• (4) 25mm (1") HUBCENTRIC 5x110 Wheel Spacers w/12x1.5 Studs (20) Lug Nuts
• 17mm, 19mm Socket
• Ratchet
• Ft. Lb. Torque Wrench
• Red Loctite
• Floor Jack
• Brake Cleaner

Instructions
Here is a shot of everything you will get with your new wheel spacers. Make sure that you have all 20 lug nuts and red loc-tite before you start this installation.
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1. Starting from the driver side rear wheel, loosen but do not remove the lug bolts on your Jeep Renegade using a 17mm socket or lug wrench. Then, using a floor jack, raise the wheel you will be working on from the chassis rail close to the wheel until it is off the ground and then remove the bolts.
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2. While the Renegade does use hubcentric wheels, the hub ring will not be enough to hold the wheel up with the all the bolts removed. Be sure to push or hold the wheel in place as you remove the last bolt or else it will just fall off. Set aside your wheel for now.
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3. Take some time to inspect the surface of your rotor and clean the surface of any sand or dirt that might be on it with some brake cleaner.
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4. Install one of your new wheel spacers onto your Jeep Renegade's axle.
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5. Apply a dab of red loc-tite to the threads of the 5 factory bolts you have removed.
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6. Engage your parking brake and then, using a 17mm socket, secure your wheel spacer in place making sure to slowly tighten the nuts in a 5 point star pattern. Tighten all the bolts to 95 ft. lbs. of torque. For your front wheels, you want to have a friend help out by stepping on the brake pedal while you do this.
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7. Reinstall your wheel onto your wheel spacer and secure it in place using the lug nuts provided. Using a 19mm socket, tighten these nuts in a 5 point star pattern and to 95 ft. lbs. of torque.
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8. After 100 miles of use, it is important to check the torque on all your wheel spacer lug nuts to make sure that none of them have come loose. You do not want to over torque the nuts and break the loc-tite so just make sure they do not move when tightened to the SAME torque setting. Also, I would recommend that you at least do a visual inspection of them at every tire rotation which, if you are now running big off road tires, should be about once every 3,000 miles.


Before & After Photos
Below are a few before and after photos that I took that will illustrate the difference you will see with and without wheel spacers installed on a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk running factory wheels and tires. First, here's a view from the front before the spacers.
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And here's the after shot with a 25mm wheel spacer installed.
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Here's a before view from the rear without spacers.
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And, here's the same view of the rear after installing a 25mm wheel spacer.
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As you can see, the difference isn't huge. The wheel spacers simply bring the face of your factory wheels and tires a bit out and sitting more flush with the edge of the fender as opposed to being tucked far inside of it. Overall, I think it still gives our Renegade Trailhawk a factory look only with a nicer stance. Of course, with 25mm spacers, we could easily run a set of new 16" wheels and at that size, there are a myriad of all terrain and even a few mud terrain tires you can choose from.

Here are a few more overall shots to show you what our Jeep Renegade Trailhawk now looks like with it's new wheel spacers installed.
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Are wheel spacers safe to use?
Are wheel spacers dangerous to use or cause unusual stress to your axle? High quality wheel spacers like the kind that bolts up to your axle and then your wheels to them 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 explanation as to exactly how they are worse. Just to be clear, the thin cheap spacers (the kind that you can get at Pep Boys and are sandwiched between your wheel and axle using the existing wheel studs) are in fact EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and should not be used.

As is the case with any modification you make, it is your responsibility to inspect and maintain the components on your Jeep and on a regular basis.
 

wayoflife

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FOLLOW UP:
I've had a few people contact me about these 1" wheel spacers as they wanted to know if they would work on a set of aftermarket wheels. The following will help illustrate why they work with factory wheels and what you will have to look out for if you choose to buy new wheels.

First up, this photo will show how the heads of the factory lug bolts stick out about 3/16" past the surface of the 1" wheel spacer. This can be a real problem and one that will prevent the proper installation of your wheels IF they don't have the means to clear the bolt heads.
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As you can see here, the factory Trailhawk wheels have deep recesses next to the mounting holes and they provide the clearance the bolt heads need for proper installation.
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If you choose to run a wheel that does not have recesses like the factory wheels have, you will want to get a set of 1.25" wheel spacers.
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The following photos show how a set of 1.25" wheel spacers will keep the bolt heads below the mounting surface of the spacer.
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For those of you who are interested in purchasing these 1.25" Wheel Spacers, I bought mine off of eBay and they came from a company who makes them in California. As in, the USA! Here is a link that should help you out:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321568830273

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TeamFaust

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Looks good. Thought you might go to a wider tire at the same time. When are you putting the 2" lift on her?
 
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wayoflife

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Renny needs some small trail grapplers to look meaner

LOL!! They'd be on right now if they were available in a size we could use :crazyeyes:

Looks good. Thought you might go to a wider tire at the same time. When are you putting the 2" lift on her?

Would love to but there's nothing available in this small of a size and on 17" wheels. We would need to run a set of 16" wheels to do anything at all and really, that is still an option that we are seriously considering. We just need to find a set of wheels we like.
 

wayoflife

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Would love to see a set of KM2's on it.

We could do this now if we went with a 16" wheel and may still do it. BFG is supposed to come out with their KO2 in a 17" wheel and it should be out by October. We are considering that as well.
 

mudmobeeler

Caught the Bug
We could do this now if we went with a 16" wheel and may still do it. BFG is supposed to come out with their KO2 in a 17" wheel and it should be out by October. We are considering that as well.

The KOs and the new KO2s make everything look better. 👍
 

LetsGoMuddin

New member
How have these spacers been working out for you guys? I'm wondering how these compare with the Spidertrax spacers. Everyone seems to swear by Spidertrax, but these spacers are around half the price. Do they seem similar in quality? I would like to get some 1.25" wide spacers for my TJ to prevent rubbing up front. Thanks in advance!
 

ElZorrodelSol

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Jeep Renegade 25mm (1") Wheel Spacers Installation Write-Up

FYI anybody wanting to use these 1.25" spacers on a '16 Trailhawk the lugs are still too tall. They apparently changed the lug bolts to a taller capped head instead of the open on the '16. To top it off they put a plastic "happy cap" on the new lug bolts which makes it even worse.

Apart from removing the happy cap and grinding down the lug bolt heads I'm at a loss of what to do. Any thoughts?


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ElZorrodelSol

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Found the problem. There are two types of lug bolts that come on a Renegade. The "Chrome" version is too tall for this spacer. Even if you take off the happy cap the bolt head is just too tall. There is a non chrome version you can find at most Mopar parts suppliers. Please not that dealership parts people do not likely know there are two different lug bolts so you may have to force them to look it up.


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ShinySideUpAZ

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A picture is worth a thousand words

Found the problem. There are two types of lug bolts that come on a Renegade. The "Chrome" version is too tall for this spacer. Even if you take off the happy cap the bolt head is just too tall. There is a non chrome version you can find at most Mopar parts suppliers. Please not that dealership parts people do not likely know there are two different lug bolts so you may have to force them to look it up.


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I have a 2016 Renegade Trailhawk. I'm confusing this mod, can you give some pictures of the two lug bolts, or perhaps give the part numbers? I need to figure out what I have. I would like to stick with only the 1in spacer.
 

kirame2

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Spacers now $78 on eBay

Just FYI for those interested in this mod, I bought a set of the spacers on eBay exactly as described for $78.00 w/ free shipping And I am going to mount them on my stock 17's to get some width and clearance from the strut base.
 

Jaybird 11

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How have these spacers been working out for you guys? I'm wondering how these compare with the Spidertrax spacers. Everyone seems to swear by Spidertrax, but these spacers are around half the price. Do they seem similar in quality? I would like to get some 1.25" wide spacers for my TJ to prevent rubbing up front. Thanks in advance!
Iv had these on my cj5 for about 4 years. No problems at all. I do check them once in a while but they are never loose.

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