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Can somebody help me i wanta put 2 inch wheel spacers on the front of my 2wd ram so i can put fiberglass fenders are 2 inch wheel spacers bad on the truck? Its my DD and rarely sees dirt and i know i cant offroad with it with wheel spacers because the added leverage but being street differnce do i need to worry still?
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2" thats alot of spacer,i would think that might be alittle unsafe!
im sure someone else will give their opinion on this!!!
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i would persuade to NOT do that. haha. 2"'s in spacer world is huge! think about the stress you put the bearings under when you have that much of a "springboard" hanging out from them. I would look into some different backspaced wheels instead of that route because it will come back to haunt you later on. trust me, it did to me when i leveled my last 2wd. bearing literally exploded in the hub, catastrophic failure, and a destroyed spindle. not fun..
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My boss has 1.75" spacers on his long-base Jeep, but he is VERY picky about how they are installed. You HAVE to get dual bolt spacers at that size, and I'd be very hesitant to do it on a truck, since it has about another 1-2000 lbs on the jeep. Yes it can be done, but for safety reasons I wouldn't recommend it.
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My boss has 1.75" spacers on his long-base Jeep, but he is VERY picky about how they are installed. You HAVE to get dual bolt spacers at that size, and I'd be very hesitant to do it on a truck, since it has about another 1-2000 lbs on the jeep. Yes it can be done, but for safety reasons I wouldn't recommend it.
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jeeps can get away with it because of weight difference. trucks, not so much. haha.
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Thats what i was thinking and i was looking at the ones that are more of an adapter with seperate wheel lugs. Ive seen it on chevys its a street queen till i get the suspension done, and when the suspension is done the wheel spacers are gone. Its just to get the front end wider so i can fill 4 inch bulge fenders. And a different offset would do the same tho wouldnt it? its still pushing the wheel out which adds leverage? And i couldnt do that because i want the front wider then the rear.
And i agree it seems really sketchy to me but ive seen it done on a couple other trucks rangers and silvys.
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this guy has 4 inch lift up front with 2 inch spacers and 4 inch fiberglass and in the rear a 2 inch drop with pulled bedsides and hes running 35s.
i want to do my ram like this but leave my 7 upfront an my stock height rear.


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Quick lesson on spacers.

Sandwhich style spacers (the ones you use almost a shim) are unsafe and should be illegal.

Bolt on spacers, such as those by quality manufacturers (Ballistic Fab, TeraFlex, SpiderTrax, etc) are generally a very safe product. The amount of leverage they apply to your unit bearing is no different that having a wheel with the same backspace. If installed properly and maintained (check the torque on the nuts regularly, usually when rotating tires) they can be very safe.

For the Jeep comment above. Yes Jeeps USED to be much lighter than fullsize trucks. Todays JKs are alot heavier than they look. My 2dr on 35's weighs in at just a hair over 5k wet. A friend of mine has for door on 38.50"s and loaded for the trail comes in at well over 8k, and he has been running 1.5" spacers for over 50k miles. I doubt many of you have your vehicles north of 8,000lbs.

If you want to run 2" spacers I say go for it. Just dont cheap out. Get a quality unit, and talk to the manufacturer. Most will be very straight with you about their product and what it can and cant do. I have personal experience with SpiderTrax and highly recomended them.
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Quick lesson on spacers.

Sandwhich style spacers (the ones you use almost a shim) are unsafe and should be illegal.

Bolt on spacers, such as those by quality manufacturers (Ballistic Fab, TeraFlex, SpiderTrax, etc) are generally a very safe product. The amount of leverage they apply to your unit bearing is no different that having a wheel with the same backspace. If installed properly and maintained (check the torque on the nuts regularly, usually when rotating tires) they can be very safe.

For the Jeep comment above. Yes Jeeps USED to be much lighter than fullsize trucks. Todays JKs are alot heavier than they look. My 2dr on 35's weighs in at just a hair over 5k wet. A friend of mine has for door on 38.50"s and loaded for the trail comes in at well over 8k, and he has been running 1.5" spacers for over 50k miles. I doubt many of you have your vehicles north of 8,000lbs.

If you want to run 2" spacers I say go for it. Just dont cheap out. Get a quality unit, and talk to the manufacturer. Most will be very straight with you about their product and what it can and cant do. I have personal experience with SpiderTrax and highly recomended them.
yea the shim ones are just flat out stupid. Iwas planning on using the bolt on spacers if i did do this. Is there a name for these because seems like if i say spacer everyone thinks of the shim would it be a adaptor style spacer? I found a couple places that can get them it seems like they range from 90 to 150 bucks.
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Not completley sure of the rules but here are a few websites.

www.spidertrax.com
www.balisticfabrication.com
www.teraflex.biz

They all compete with eachother and they all make great products so I dont think it is wrong posting the info.
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