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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2001, 01:31 PM
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wheelspacer question

I am considering adding Spidertrax wheelspacers, exact same bolt pattern as the Samurai, to my XL-7 to reduce the risk of rollovers; however, I am concerned that I will put additional strain on the wheel bearings and lose some turning radius due to the spacers. Does anyone have these wheelspacers on or have any comments? Thanks.


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2001, 02:47 PM
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Re: wheelspacer question

We've run these on our rig and sold countless of them. Its the same principle as running custom backspaced wheels which many also do. We've been running custom backspaced wheels since 95'. No problems so far.

Never done it on the new XL-7

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Re: wheelspacer question

Hey dude,

I've got a GV so we are close to the same wheel well opening. I was going to do the same thing, but only after I install the 2.5" Calmini lift.

On problem is the small well and the closeness of the plastic flares to the tire. At full turn, you notice that the tire narrowly misses the plastic. Now move the wheel 1" closer, and it may rub, especially when the strut is compressed.

You can try it and see, I'd be interested in seeing if they fully clear. It will be tight, but maybe possible.

As far as the stress, 1" isn't much at all and shouldn't affect the bearing much. As far as the turning circle, hey, you want you cake and eat it to, eh?

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Not to sound too negative, but if you are that worryed about rollovers time to get a new CAR. Not have an suv
at all. It may make a small differance but if you get the xl-7 into a situation where you are that close, I don't think
it will help much. You'd be better off to go to a lower profile tire if you never take it off road, and just lower your center of gravity.

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Re: wheelspacer question

I am interested in spacers, but i hate to spend at least $250,- (w/ international shipping) for spacers.

are there any others (cheaper) models out there? you can nearly go custom-b-spaced for this amount of money


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Believe it or not, at $210 fo rhte kit, the Spidertrax spacers are cheap. For years we scoured the SEMA looking for wheelspacers borrowed from Nissans, Honda, Porsche, etc.... They were always in the $400 range. I recommended to Eddie to make the spacers a few years ago. We were excited when they started doing them at half the cost of what everyone else on the planet does.

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Re: wheelspacer question

I guess I don't understand why you would use spacers when you can get wheels with whatever backset you want for about the same price. I got a quote from Willamette's Custom Wheels for $231 for 5 wheels, including shipping. Unless you had wheels already that you did not want to part with. That might be the case with the stock alloy wheels on the Vitaras.

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