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Old 04-23-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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what are wheel spacers and purpose?

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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i would imagine they just add a little width,like if you had a car ten ft high,and a 1' wheel base lol,it wouldnt stay up,if you had a 10' car and a 5' wheel base it would stay up, when you put larger tires on it changes the rollover factor by changing the center of gravity,so even a couple inches make it more stable. this is my theory it makes sense to me lol. as for what they are,i think i saw them and they were like little plastic circles,ive never really looked into them but i think i clicked on them on ebay once. if you took a pipe of pvc and cut a 2 inch piece thats what these things kind of looked like,obv dif material and higher strength

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That's what I thought but was unsure
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They install between onto your factory studs. They can give you added stability and is a cheaper way to off set your wheels. The bad thing about them is they can be the weakest link between your wheel and your hub. They also affect your steering and give you less steering that the stock set up. I used to run Highlifter spacers 1in. front and 1.5in rear but have had them off for over a year now, don't really notice much difference.
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Although a wider track does have benefits there are some negatives to consider. Spacers also apply more pressure or leverage against wheel bearings. Possibly leading to early wheel bearing failure. The wider the spacer the worse the extra leverage will be.

Spacers on the front end increase what the suspension guru's call "Scrub Radius" this can lead to more wheel kick in the ruts causing the handle bar to rip out of your hands more easily. Can also increase the effort required to turn.

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Although a wider track does have benefits there are some negatives to consider. Spacers also apply more pressure or leverage against wheel bearings. Possibly leading to early wheel bearing failure. The wider the spacer the worse the extra leverage will be.

Spacers on the front end increase what the suspension guru's call "Scrub Radius" this can lead to more wheel kick in the ruts causing the handle bar to rip out of your hands more easily. Can also increase the effort required to turn.

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You are right on the mark as always Wyo. Just want to add that i have spcers on my 7001 and have found that they actually improve the ride, geneal that is, turnign is a bit more stressed, but over all ride is better. not sure of the physics behind it, but the ride quality is greatly improved.
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You are right on the mark as always Wyo. Just want to add that i have spcers on my 7001 and have found that they actually improve the ride, geneal that is, turnign is a bit more stressed, but over all ride is better. not sure of the physics behind it, but the ride quality is greatly improved.

What size spacers do you use?
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Instead of spacers,you can purchase offset wheels. This would be the thing to do if one was going to buy new wheels anyways as the spacers do make for a weaker point. I have a 1"offset(each side) so 2" wider. As mentioned the atv handles better by far. Ive had offset wheels on all my atvs right from the start since 1999. Going to a wider stance also gives a better leverage towards hitting rocks,logs,bumps,ect...and could bend a tie rod if not careful. On the other hand, i have never bent one,so cat must make some tuff equipment.
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What size spacers do you use?
Myself I only have the aftermarket wheel with less back space so both ATV's front and back have a 2" wider track over stock. I like what the extra two inches gives a lot though. The forest trails are limited to 50" wide maximum in some places. My tires are wider than 50" but the measurement from rim lip to rim lip is under 50" about 49 3/4" so still can squeeze through the 50" gates. I'm just leery of going any wider due to added stress and would prevent me from riding the 50" trails in the national forests.<Grin>
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ah gotcha. I am getting a set of ride in shocks for my trv so It will be lifted up another inch. Was thinking about getting one inch wheel spaces for all corners but a new set of aftermarket rims and tires are coming soon also so the added width aftermarket wheels give should be enough.
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