Almost all Jeep owners want bigger tires. Having some tread under the wheel wells is what makes Jeeps look like an off road vehicle, that aggressive look of mud tires not only serves the purpose of better grip off road but also makes a statement. (Insert Tim Allen Home Improvement Grunts now.) Finding the right size tire depends on how much room you have, your lift, your engine, your gears, and where you are driving. With the 2.5 L I went with 33 x 12.5 on 15s. It looks good but when the top is down the drag can slow you down to just under 60mph. With the hard top on it an easy 70. The rims on the other hand were not 12.5s. Mounted on Konig Ruggedroad 15X7.5 5X114.3 means they bubble out from the rim instead of tapering in towards the tread. This results in a turning issue. Before the new tire I could turn 100% and not have any rubbing. After the bigger tires were on I got only around 80%, the tread lugs would hit the leaf springs. Startling me and any passengers.
The solution was either to adjust the turn stops, don’t turn past that point, buy new rims or put spacers on. I did a lot of research into the safety of wheel spacers. There are videos about the cheaper spacers cracking or causing a wobble. Too big and the spacer acts like a leaver putting stress on the hub. I settled on SpiderTrax. WHS002 1.25" Wheel Spacers, 5x4.5" Bolt Pattern, Aluminum. Ordered from morris4x4center.com Great packing, good clear instructions, some cool spider stickers, and all the hardware needed. Even some loctite. There are loads of sets online for under $100. The Spidertrax were higher quality but were twice the price. So if you want to take a chance on your wheels falling off while driving, than get the junk. Me, it goes back to what my stepdad always said, “If a job is worth doing, it's worth DOING IT RIGHT.” Easy to do and it took a little over an hour. No pneumatics, just a bit of elbow grease.
Two sets of Spacers.
4 way tire iron.
Red Loctite. (comes with spacers.)
Each Spidertrax Wheel Spacer/Adapter Kit comes complete with 2 wheel spacers/adapters, 1/2-20 grade 8 wheel studs (pre-installed), 1/2-20 lug nuts, and thread locker. All Spidertrax wheel spacers are color anodized, using a double anodizing process for twice the corrosion resistance. Proudly designed & manufactured in Loveland, Colorado.
To install the Spidertrax Wheel Spacer/Adapter Kit, follow these steps:
1. Take photos of your Jeep so you can see before and after shots, like you need an excuse to take pics of your Jeep.
2. Jack it up, put jacks under axles and Remove tires. (Remove drum or rotor retainer clips if present.)
3. Clean hub lib of any rust or burrs. Take more pics.
2. Have another person apply brakes to prevent spinning. Apply provided thread locker to factory wheel studs and put the spacer on the drum/rotor face. Torque wheel spacer/adapter lug nuts to 90 ft-lbs.
(Once installed, be sure OEM wheel studs DO NOT extend past wheel mounting surface of wheel spacer.)
3. Install factory steel/aluminum wheel to wheel spacer/adapter using existing lug nuts.
That’s it, Job done. Take your Jeep out for a test drive and check it after 50 or so miles.
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Matt N Randy
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