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Does anyone have any informative input on a do it myself wheel spacer. It seems like a simple concept. It seems like I could just put a bunch of washers or something on each individual bolt to space out the rim.

I know this is stupid in many ways but Tell me if it's going to mess up my truck or if you have any ideas on acheiving the wide tire look on the cheap. Thanks
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Sounds like a good way to cause a vibration and snap wheel studs.
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I think I'm going to have to agree on that one. Just do it right the first time with the right parts. Specially on something like your wheels.
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Does anyone have any informative input on a do it myself wheel spacer. It seems like a simple concept. It seems like I could just put a bunch of washers or something on each individual bolt to space out the rim.

I know this is stupid in many ways but Tell me if it's going to mess up my truck or if you have any ideas on acheiving the wide tire look on the cheap. Thanks
Too much tolerance stack-up when using multiple washers. You run the very real risk of the wheel not sitting square to the rotor and, as Randy mentions, inducing some pretty terrible imbalances. As the wheel shakes back and forth (several thousand times per minute depending upon your speed), you stress each stud at least once per rotation. At that rate, it won't take long to reach the fatigue limit of that steel and loose one/more mounting points. You can imagine what happens next...
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Washers = bad juju. If you're gonna space a rim, you need to have a uniform mounting surface, longer studs, and a material that can handle the load fluctuations. You can buy spacers for under $50 and this is a place where you don't want to cheap out, kinda like brakes.
Now, if you have a machine shop, some scrap 6.5"dia 403 Stainless or CrMol and can turn on a table, then yes, you could do it yourself. If not, buy a set from places like Jegs.
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If you plan to use washers then save yourself the hassle and possibly someone else's life by taking public transit instead of your own vehicle. Using washers is so ghetto you may as well wear pants that show off your underwear and a hat three times the size of your head so no one can see your eyebrows.

In reality what you should really do is look for a real wheel spacer kit intended for your vehicle. That does not only include a spacer, but longer and stronger wheel studs. Slapping on spacers is not enough because you lose some thread. And when you finally put those wheels back on, remember to torque them down to the recommended specs.
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