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My experience with spacers

Discussion in '5th Gen Builds (2010+)' started by gunsnob, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Oct 14, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    So, a while back I did a Fox 2.0 upgrade on my rig and had put 1.5" spacers to squeeze some 285's on... Well, I went back to 265's and when the shop removed the spacers, the lug nuts were stripped almost clean with barely any bite on them. The spacers were on for almost a month and under 3.5k miles. I will certainly not use them on any future upgrades and opt for wheels/tires. This was an expensive error on my part and lesson learned.
     
  2. Oct 14, 2019 at 9:50 AM
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    I feel like more info is necessary.

    Why were the lugs stripped? Was something not properly torqued? Were these a Wish.com purchase?
    There has to be more than just that you installed them, they fell apart, you took em off and recommend not using wheel spacers.
     
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    This would only be the case if they were cheap spacers with inadequate hardware; or if they were over torqued/installed with an impact.
     
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    I'm guessing impact.
     
  5. Oct 14, 2019 at 4:39 PM
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    Unsure as to why they stripped so easily. The shop installed, rechecked one week later and everything checked out. Last week I went for a front end alignment as the steering wheel wobbled between 50-60 and 70-75. After, it drove smoothly with minimal wobble when I drove to work and the next morning it was back to wobbling.

    the shop that installed them said they torqued everything correctly when I had it installed and after when they checked. My guess is one of two things as was mentioned earlier... cheap product or over torqued when installed.
     
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    A lot of shops say torqued properly. But they put the lug nut on with a impact then use a tq wrench.

    Its already over tightened tq wrench is doing nothing.
     
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    That's what they said they did...
     
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    Can only take their word but even a well made spacer will bite the dust at the hands of lazy people.
     
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    Very true.
     
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    Either way, definitely sucks that it happened; but at least it was caught early. The outcome could have been way worse.

    Spacers/adapters are perfectly fine when it’s a quality part that’s been properly installed. But take one of those out of the equation, and bad stuff can happen.
     
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    What brand was the spacer?
     

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