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Re: Wheel spacer fail
« Reply #1 on: Aug 23, 2015, 11:49:19 pm »
Hmm. While you do get more stress with a wheel spacer, 4 out of 5 studs failing is impressive. I'm going to guess that a wheel spacer that had too much play and overtightened lugs had a factor as well.
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Re: Wheel spacer fail
« Reply #2 on: Aug 24, 2015, 12:54:34 pm »
 . . . along with being on a Jeep.  I wonder if the rig was taken off-road recently or if it has way oversized tires
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Re: Wheel spacer fail
« Reply #3 on: Aug 24, 2015, 07:14:50 pm »
. . . along with being on a Jeep.  I wonder if the rig was taken off-road recently or if it has way oversized tires

Well, Dodge/Chrysler does have this reputation for vehicles quite literally falling apart when new. Know more than one person that literally had the front end fall apart on his new truck while driving. Issue? Recall.

Never even thought of that. Until just now.  :heh:
SELECT celica FROM toyota WHERE year<=1985;

1985 GT-S
-Rebuilt engine: bored .020 over, oversize valves, new cam
-Thorley header w/heated O2 sensor at collector & all new exhaust
-Impact6 strut bar
-3.9LSD rearend, which is now slipping
-Lots of bodywork and new paint!
-New cd player to cover up all those squeaks and rattles
-JK short-throw shifter


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Re: Wheel spacer fail
« Reply #4 on: Sep 14, 2015, 03:54:15 am »
I still don't buy the whole "wheels spacers are asking for trouble" mentality. To me the forces acting on the studs to break them doesn't add up, otherwise offset wheels would have the same issue. However, I do agree with the whole part on making sure wheels and spacers have the correct center method, be it lug centered or hub centered. I would be willing to bet one of those were not followed.
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Re: Wheel spacer fail
« Reply #5 on: Sep 23, 2015, 09:02:02 pm »
I do agree with the whole part on making sure wheels and spacers have the correct center method, be it lug centered or hub centered. I would be willing to bet one of those were not followed.

:agree: and I think that's a large part of why the studs failed. And as far as I know, not putting hub spacers on hub centric rims/adapters will cause failure, but putting them on lug centric ones doesn't hurt, so if you don't know, it's cheap insurance.

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