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Towing with wheel spacers???

Postby jking002 [OP] » Jul 25 2011, 12:50am

I tried searching around on here and didnt find anyone writing about towing a trailer with wheel spacers installed. I was wondering what everybody thought about it. I reciently installed 1 1/2" wheel spacers on my 02 1500, I only a heavy camper about twice a year and a lawn/utility trailer about every other weekend. Please reply to let me know what everyone thinks.

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Re: Towing with wheel spacers???

Postby MSHOUP88 » Jul 25 2011, 1:06am

I don't think using a quality spacer would harm your towing.
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Re: Towing with wheel spacers???

Postby WingNut » Jul 25 2011, 1:08am

There's a lot of variables and the one critical thing you left off is what your new wheel off-set is (I'm assuming you have spacers to fit aftermarket rims). Spacer (+/-) off-set will give you the accurate modified torque moment. And I'd measure that from where the center line of the wheel bearing is. The total added torque may be much greater than you think! You can count on decreased life on OEM bearings so you may want to search for an HD upgrade.
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Re: Towing with wheel spacers???

Postby jking002 [OP] » Jul 25 2011, 1:41am

I would def love to have a HD. But for now my 02 1500 is fine. I am still running stock rims with a 285/75/16 tire on it. the camper is roughly around 7500 lbs. my only concern is the rear axles.
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Re: Towing with wheel spacers???

Postby EKinMN » Jul 25 2011, 3:48am

I do not have any experience with these myself. I will say, in all my reading, that I have heard bad things about spacers. If it's true, towing with them could be dangerous. I wish I had more facts for you, but just wanted to express my concern.
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Re: Towing with wheel spacers???

Postby SilverSurfer » Jul 25 2011, 4:08am

Spacers are only meant to correct the offset for aftermarket wheels. That 7500# camper concerns me, it will definitely wear out your front and rear bearings much faster. Also you've changed your alignment dynamics. I'm surprised you're not seeing excessive inner tire wear in the front.
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