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i am wanting to install 35x12.50x17 fun countrys on my oem rubicon wheels on a 09 wrangler with a 2.5 in lift i have been told i will need to use 1.5 in wheel spacers on the back to keep the tires from rubbing. has any one done this and if so have they had any problems
 

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I have 98 TJ with 1.25" Spidertrax wheel spacers on mine. Have had them for about 6 years with no issues. Did they say to just put them on the rear?
 

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i am wanting to install 35x12.50x17 fun countrys on my oem rubicon wheels on a 09 wrangler with a 2.5 in lift i have been told i will need to use 1.5 in wheel spacers on the back to keep the tires from rubbing. has any one done this and if so have they had any problems
I put 1.5" spacers on my Rubi on all four corners, because, under full suspension you may rub a little up front as well. Thi s cheaper than four new rims and looks sharp because of the wider stance. Make sure you buy "hub centric" spaders only!
You can go to my web page and look at the install. pics.
 

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i am wanting to install 35x12.50x17 fun countrys on my oem rubicon wheels on a 09 wrangler with a 2.5 in lift i have been told i will need to use 1.5 in wheel spacers on the back to keep the tires from rubbing. has any one done this and if so have they had any problems
Yep. 1.5' SpriderTrax. Put them on fronat and rear. Work great - no problems.
 

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I have 33" tires and the Spidertrax spacers.
No issues with the spacers as such.
However, the front axle housing (the long one front right) of my 2009 JK bent
very soon in desert driving, had to reinforce it. It is the combination of long
lever with the additional weight of the larger tires that overstresses the stock
axle housing when bumping / jumping heavily.
 

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How did you reinforce the axle? Pics would be nice :D
 

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In order to be clear: this is on the front axles only.
It's basically a tube which is inserted into the axle housing.
Several holes are drilled into the axle housing, the inner
reinforcement tube is welded to the axle housing at these
locations. The kit I got had a good instruction leaflet which
I gave the workshop. Additionally, extra gussets were welded
to the axle housing ends.
Unfortunately I do not have pics ready, will try if I manage
to crawl under and take some this weekend (we have 40 deg C
and I will long think about it .......) :).
 

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Here are pics:

One of the weld points between the inner sleeve and the axle housing

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and the additional reinforcement gusset.

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Nice pics! Did it warm up a little?
I can't find any info an your Jeep...:eek:
 

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Nice pics! Did it warm up a little?
I can't find any info an your Jeep...:eek:
Oh yes it warmed up ! I touch my Jeep with gloves only.
It is a Wrangler 2009 model (short wheel base), dedicated to driving in high
dunes and sooooooooft sand.
 

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Oh yes it warmed up ! I touch my Jeep with gloves only.
It is a Wrangler 2009 model (short wheel base), dedicated to driving in high
dunes and sooooooooft sand.
What Wrangler??? LOL
 

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Can someone explain the difference between hub centric spacers and others? I see many members using spidertrac spacers. I plan to buy them as well, but want to make sure I make the right purchase.
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Hub centric uses the center of the hub to align them (they are machines to fit tightly around the center circular part of your hub)
Lug centric just use the studs and lug nuts to center them
 

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Doesn't spacers apply more unwanted pressure to the axel though? I have an 11 JK and interested in tinkering a bit but kinda afraid to do any unwanted/needed welding or damage (road car only for now but want the aggressive look)
 

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ken129 said:
Doesn't spacers apply more unwanted pressure to the axel though? I have an 11 JK and interested in tinkering a bit but kinda afraid to do any unwanted/needed welding or damage (road car only for now but want the aggressive look)
No more than wheels with less backspacing would. There's just more lug nuts to worry about keeping tight
 
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