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Spacers??

can i get spacers to make the wheels and tires farther out from my truck, because my fronts are rubbing and if i got big spacers couldnt i get bigger tires just an idea

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Well it depends on where they are rubbing. If on the frame then spacers should help, but keep in mind that when the wheel is turned the spacers will push the tire away from the frame but closer to the fender if you see what i'm saying. If you have plenty of clearance at the fenders then yes you should be able to run a larger tire.

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fenders arent a problem its rubbing on the leaf springs in the front when i turn completely to the left or right

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I had a 00 S-Duty 6" lift 38" SSR swampers did the same thing, never could find a fix. Just learned the steering limits. Sorry I could'nt help!
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only bad thing i can see is ur puttin added stress on ur bearings which in turn could have grave results. u can get a different offset for the front wheels, thats the route i would go before id put spacers up there.

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On the front, the king pin inclination or steering axis inclination (they are the same)really ought to be within 1/2 inch or the center of the tire tread. Putting offset wheels or spacers that move this alignment measurement lead to a number of problems.

The stress on the cartrige bearings is not a good thing, they will have almost no warning - good to go to no go in under 100 miles. If you have the older serviceable bearings - not a problem for reasonable tires.

Going to taller tires can move the alignment point out side the center of the tire so that some of the normal setting do not work well so that spacers or offset wheels will help with the head scratching at the alignment rack.

You can draw it on a piece of poster board, try to measure to 1/64 in from a straight edge on the hub flange to center of the ball joints. Sighting a straight edge held in line with the ball joints helps. Estimate the centerline of the hub to the line through the ball joints so you can measure it out on paper. Mark out the rolling radius of the tire and the KPI should be with in 1/2 inch of the tire center line, what it takes to get there is wheel offset or spacer. Old Tornados and centerline steer Intrenational trucks had over 4 in negative offset, Isee some custom wheels with over 4 in of positive offset and spacers start at 1/4 in.

One other thing to check is toe out or wheel cut angle it is not adjustable but showes bent parts that can cause the tires to rub when the wheels are aligned for the straigh ahead position. A bent spindle or steering arm can be adjusted so things look good until the wheels are turned then the bent parts change the angles.

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check around where you are because i know in ny spacers wont pass inspection
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Im having the same problem with my truck so whats the fix ?
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Question Spacers ?

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fenders arent a problem its rubbing on the leaf springs in the front when i turn completely to the left or right

Did you get it fixed im having the same problem with my front rims ?

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Did you get it fixed im having the same problem with my front rims ?

Brian.

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ive looked around and decided that the best way is to know when to stop turning the wheel haha, i think a different offset wheell would help but im not sure and im def not getting new rims

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