Do wheel spacers affect handling?

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Different app but I ordered these RockTrix spacers for my '07 F150 4x4. They've been awesome. At the time I paid $15.50/set so about $31 for the whole vehicle. Now they're listing at $33/set (again, different bolt pattern). I've been running since Nov '18, no problems. I re-torqued once but nothing moved so there was no re-torquing to do.

I'm a machinist and the machining was beautiful.
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My JLU is my only vehicle. I love how it drives, on and off road. Don’t want to change that.
I’ll get more aggressive tires pretty soon, but stay with 245/75R17s.
I know....BORING. So be it.
I would like a wider stance though, if it wouldn’t change anything else.
Would it?

I put the Rough Country JL 2” spacers on and I definitely noticed a difference with handling. I love it even better! Much more stable over uneven surfaces and less of a fish tailing feeling on windy days. I think it gives it a better balance for center of gravity. That’s with a hardtop on at least.

I posted some pics but can’t really tell - not the best angles. Although, there are some good before/after pics that others have posted on Amazon for these spacers.

The first picture below is before and the rest of the pictures are after spacers were installed.

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I put on 1.75" G2 spacers. I LOVE the look and my handling actually improved.
 

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Wow, thanks for the kind words @brazos @robaw. I know a little, just through years of watching and learning from friends like forum member Stickerhead, and other friends, and from just doing things myself instead of having a shop do everything. A lot of guys on here know a lot more than me.

Now, as far as wheel spacers are concerned, I have used them on several Jeeps. They are fine if you use a quality spacer. I’ve only used Spidertrax. As far as handling, they are no different than adding a aftermarket wheel with more backspacing. Proper installation and maintenance per the instructions is key to a good experience with them.
 
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I put the Rough Country JL 2” spacers on and I definitely noticed a difference with handling. I love it even better! Much more stable over uneven surfaces and less of a fish tailing feeling on windy days. I think it gives it a better balance for center of gravity. That’s with a hardtop on at least.

I posted some pics but can’t really tell - not the best angles. Although, there are some good before/after pics that others have posted on Amazon for these spacers.

The first picture below is before and the rest of the pictures are after spacers were installed.

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I really like that look. Thanks!
 
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Well, I’ve researched things a bit, and while I like saving a buck as much as the next guy, we’re talking about my wheels staying on the Jeep, now!
I’m going with the Spydertrax. Maybe overbuilt, but I like overbuilt for this application. I particularly like the “flanges” which carry the weight, leaving the studs relatively unstressed in shear.
I like 6061 alloy too. And made in USA, by my fellow Americans.
Now I just have to decide on thickness....
Thanks all for your input! What a resource!
 
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Spidertrax 1.5” spacers to arrive Monday. Are the instructions comprehensive, or are there further installation tips from y’all who are experienced with them? Thanks!
 
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