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Looking for recommendations for wheel spacers: 18 Cleaver wheels stock wrangler tires. Want width without rub. Thank you
 

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I have 1.25" spacers. Not even close to rubbing. It's much more stable on the road, it doesn't have as much body roll. It made more of a difference than I expected.
 

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I have 1.25" spacers. Not even close to rubbing. It's much more stable on the road, it doesn't have as much body roll. It made more of a difference than I expected.
Did you have to trim the studs on the hubs?
What brand/where did you buy the spacers?
Thanks
 

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Did you have to trim the studs on the hubs?
What brand/where did you buy the spacers?
Thanks
No. The mounting surface on the factory wheel has pockets between the lug bolt holes so there was plenty of room for the factory studs to poke through the spacers. They didn't stick very far past the spacers anyways. The brand is Adaptech.
 

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No. The mounting surface on the factory wheel has pockets between the lug bolt holes so there was plenty of room for the factory studs to poke through the spacers. They didn't stick very far past the spacers anyways. The brand is Adaptech.
Thanks for the info👍
 

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I found a place here in SoCal called wheeladapter.com. They are machined here in CA and they use grade 10 studs instead of the usual grade 8. They are expensive at about $400 total for 4 but I wouldn't have to worry about them breaking off.
I ordered four 1.5 inch today. $365 total. Probably get them tomorrow or Saturday.
 
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I ordered the spacers yesterday and received them today. They seem very heavy and well made. I plan on installing them on Monday👍
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Installed the 1.5” spacers today. I really like the wider stance.
I have a ReadyLift 2” level kit and 295/70-18 Toyos on stock wheels and did not rub at all. After the spacers, the fronts just barely rubbed the inner mud flap. I removed the mud flap brackets and trimmed the mudflaps and no clearance issues at all now. The photo with the floor jack is no spacer.
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Installed the 1.5” spacers today. I really like the wider stance.
I have a ReadyLift 2” level kit and 295/70-18 Toyos on stock wheels and did not rub at all. After the spacers, the fronts just barely rubbed the inner mud flap. I removed the mud flap brackets and trimmed the mudflaps and no clearance issues at all now. The photo with the floor jack is no spacer.
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I saw some horror stories on GM threads about the trail boss and leveling kits. Multiple posts of ball joint blowouts while driving. Some going 45mph. Be careful. I was going to level as well but its not worth it IMO especially considering there will be no coverage under warranty.

When I decide to lift mine its gonna be a complete 4" suspension lift that replaces trail boss components.
 

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I saw some horror stories on GM threads about the trail boss and leveling kits. Multiple posts of ball joint blowouts while driving. Some going 45mph. Be careful. I was going to level as well but its not worth it IMO especially considering there will be no coverage under warranty.

When I decide to lift mine its gonna be a complete 4" suspension lift that replaces trail boss components.
Those are probably with $75 “spacer” lifts.
I haven’t found any problems with kits using parts with corrected geometry to maintain proper ball joint angles like ReadyLift.
 
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Received a full Set of 1.5" Spacers (2 pair) from American Trucks today, made by Supreme Suspension. Planning to install tomorrow. Studs say 10.9 type. Only $280 for a set of four. The Link:


Instructions say there are likely indentions (sic) in the wheel to accommodate the stud ends, and use factory torque values.
 

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Received a full Set of 1.5" Spacers (2 pair) from American Trucks today, made by Supreme Suspension. Planning to install tomorrow. Studs say 10.9 type. Only $280 for a set of four. The Link:


Instructions say there are likely indentions (sic) in the wheel to accommodate the stud ends, and use factory torque values.
Good price👍
There are indents in the stock Trail Boss 18in wheels. I torqued to 140ftlbs which is correct from what I’ve read. You’ll need a long pry bar or similar to brace against the ground and put between the front wheel spacer studs to keep the hub from turning when you tighten the lugs.
 

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Do you need to protect the Threads from the pry bar while tightening? And, Thanks! for the tip.
(I have lots of space to work either inside or just outside my airplane hangar, lots and lots of tools, large floor jack ... )

Is it not recommended to put the Transfer case in 4WD (engine off of course) to keep the hubs from turning?
 

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Do you need to protect the Threads from the pry bar while tightening? And, Thanks! for the tip.
(I have lots of space to work either inside or just outside my airplane hangar, lots and lots of tools, large floor jack ... )

Is it not recommended to put the Transfer case in 4WD (engine off of course) to keep the hubs from turning?
I wrapped a rag around the pry bar.
Probably wouldn’t hurt it if you put it in 4wd but I didn’t think of doing that.
 

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I didn't think of it, either. My wife was raised on a farm and her Mustang GT/CS is a Manual. She thought of it instantly.
 

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Good price👍
There are indents in the stock Trail Boss 18in wheels. I torqued to 140ftlbs which is correct from what I’ve read. You’ll need a long pry bar or similar to brace against the ground and put between the front wheel spacer studs to keep the hub from turning when you tighten the lugs.
I just applied the brakes with a piece of lumber so I could torque the front ones.
 

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Installation of Supreme Suspension 1.5 inch Spacers went very well today. Yes, indeed there is accommodation for the Stud Ends in the Stock wheel. The "hub centric" fit is very good. A point of concern is how tightly the stock wheel fits onto the outside of the Spacer. It is VERY TIGHT, such that one might think it is not correct.

But running the Stock Nuts down a little at a time, around in the Star pattern, and they draw up nicely. I think that 2 inch Spacers might have been too much. Edge of the Tire Tread would well outside the Fender, and would perhaps damage Paint without fender flares.

NOTE: My Stock 20 inch Black Wheels were ALL torqued to NO MORE than 110 ft/lbs, when I removed them. The manual says 140 ft/lbs.

Pics: Inside the 2021 model year 20 inch Black Wheels: these are not "indents" nor indentations. They are huge CNC Milled VOIDS with no concern about the stud ends hitting.

And, the stance is much improved. Handling is also improved-- more stable, steering not as light.

Oh, also-- Parking the truck, shifting to Neutral, selecting 4WD Low, back to Park and setting the parking brake will definitely hold the Hub from turning while torqueing, in a Star pattern, to ~70, then 100, then 120 and finally 140 ft/lbs with no problem. Wife was right.

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