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Old 10-26-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

I'm looking for steel spacers for the rear end of my 2wd E250....the narrower width of the rear end is bothering me......both visually and conceptually.

Anyone?

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Old 10-27-2014, 08:35 AM   #2
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

Ujoint has great spacers if you can't find any used ones.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

I went with Ujoint's and am very comfortable/pleased with that choice. You can definitely find them cheaper but they will likely be cheaper in quality as well.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:33 AM   #5
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

Also Fred at http://wheeladapter.com makes them. His are also excellent. Those are the ones QuadVan uses. I recently ordered a set to experiment with different wheel combos (and they'll go on my dad's van when I'm done playing around with them).
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Old 10-27-2014, 02:03 PM   #6
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

+1 for wheeladapter.com .
I bought those steel ones from Fred and have been running 'em for a couple months (and several thousand miles) Been very happy with them, no complaints....they are admittedly a bit spendy though @ around $400 for the pair shipped.

Been curious about those Ujoint spacers, are they steel or aluminum?
And what do they charge for a pair of their spacers?
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Old 10-27-2014, 02:08 PM   #7
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

UJOR used to (still does?) use Fred's as well I believe.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:15 PM   #8
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

Here's some aluminum spacers from an outfit in Riverside, CA for $109/pair:
http://www.trailsport4x4.com/Ford_Wheel ... -16x18.htm

My initial impression has been to go only with steel spacers, and stay away from aluminum spacers, because of the weight of these SMB's.....but after a bit of consideration, I'm thinking there might be exceptions.

As in: for a 'lightweight' 2WD RB that -doesn't- carry 10,000 pounds of gear (or anything over 5,000 pounds on the rear axle), and more likely hovers around a total vehicle weight of somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds......I now am starting to get the sense that a well-made set of aluminum spacers *MIGHT* be ok. (Bearing in mind that they would need a slight bit more attention to re-torque the lugs early on, as you have to do with almost all new aluminum wheels (and some steel ones....))

I've talked to the guys at Trail Sport, and they are very positive about the strength of their product, and its ability to more than hold up to the weight of an SMB. They claim to have done a ton of product testing. Their spacers are 6061 Aluminum, Grade 8 bolts. In a 2-inch spacer they sound pretty robust, he was comparing their actual "in-use" strength to be nearly 90 percent the strength of the steel spacers, but with a lot less weight. He claimed they've had guys with 1000-horsepower dually rigs doing severe testing with them and zero failures.

I'd be really interested to hear anyone else's more-experienced opinion here on these.
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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

Just took off my Dana 60 with SMB 1 3/4 spacers I think. All Steel . I'm thinking 1/2 of what new ones are. I will have to check with SMB. 8X6.5. Served me well but went to a Full Floater Dana 70. On a Plane in the AM. Be Patient.


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Re: Wanted: 1.5" or 2" steel wheel spacers

I just towed 8,000 pounds behind my 10,000 pound SMB over a 1,000 miles down Hwy 1 in Baja with Aluminum 2 inch spaces.

Normally I run 35" tires with no spacers. I don't want a wider track width as there is more disadvantage than advantage and don't like the look of fender flares.

For this trip I decided to remove the 35's in favor of some smaller Michelin LT 265/70 R17 E Rated tires and Dodge Aluminum wheels.

I wanted a lower CG, lower trailer hitch, lower gearing and better braking for towing.

While the Dodge wheels are the right lug pattern, the offset is all wrong - that was solved with the 2" wheel spacers.

Everything worked as planned. The 35's will go back on after I'm done moving.
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