(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
- How to Install RedRock 4x4 1.5 in. Wheel Spacers - 5x5 Bolt Pattern (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK) on your Jeep Wrangler
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The RedRock 4x4 1.5-Inch Wheel Spacer with the 5 on 5 Lug Pattern is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK that need a real spacer that's gonna push that wheel and tire out just a little bit from the Jeep whether you're running a factory wheel with a bigger and wider tire on it or you have aftermarket wheels but just need a little bit less backspacing, this is gonna do it for you. This is gonna be a very simple part to install on your Jeep, one out of three wrenches. Of course, you have to remove the tire, get these installed, pop the tire back on, but we are gonna walk you through the process in just a second. Now I know that a wheel spacer is a hotly contested item especially if you hop on some of the forums, people are for them, against them, some people say that it creates a lot more strain on a lot of the components here on your hub itself, on your ball joints, other people say it's not any more strain as if you had a properly backspaced wheel or the tire package that you're running. So we're gonna leave the debate up to you, you decide where you land on it. But if a wheel spacer is for you, I think this is gonna be a really nice choice. This is gonna be a billet aluminum piece. It does come with the studs preinstalled so you're not trying to pull any studs into your new spacer. Comes with all of the new lug nuts that you're gonna need to hold the spacer onto the hub, and of course, you'll use your factory lug nuts to hold the tire onto the studs. This is also going to come with some red thread locker, so you're going to be able to put that on, make sure that these lugs aren't going to come loose here. Of course, it's always still a good idea maybe at every oil change, every tire rotation to also check the nuts that are on your wheel spacer because if they come loose, of course, you're gonna have a problem, so you want to make sure they stay nice and tight. The other thing that I really like about this wheel spacer is that it is hub-centric, so wheels and spacers, they're either lug-centric or they're hub-centric. If they're hub-centric, they fit really well around the hub of the vehicle itself, so all of the stress of the tire, all the weight of the vehicle is evenly distributed around that 360 degrees of the hub where if it's lug-centric, all of that weight is on each of the individual lugs and that is generally considered to be a little bit less strong. So I really like the fact that this is a hub-centric. So overall, it has a lot going for it, made of high-quality material, comes with preinstalled studs, comes with your lug nuts, it is hub-centric, comes with that thread locker, pretty well-built piece here. And it's going to come as a pair of them for right around $65 which I do think is a pretty good deal for what you're going to get here. Some are significantly more expensive and maybe they don't even have the same features. So, all in all, it is really just a big hunk of aluminum, but like I said, there are some things that make this one a really nice buy. Now we're gonna show you how to get it installed. Again, it's a very simple one out of three wrenches. For this install, we used a three-quarter-inch socket, of course an impact socket is always recommended when using an impact but ours was a little bit too thick to fit inside of the spacer. We drove that three-quarter-inch socket with a combination of our half-inch pneumatic impact and a torque wrench and we also used a 6-inch extension. So the first step this install is, of course, taking the tire off the Jeep and we're gonna do that with our half-inch pneumatic impact and a three-quarter-inch deep well socket, we'll zip the lug nuts off and get the tire removed. Now we're ready to install the wheel spacer over the lugs on the hub, so it really just sets over top of the wheel studs just like the wheel would. And we're going to apply a little bit of thread locker onto the threads of those wheel studs. And the idea there is that when you take the new lug nuts, the smaller lug nuts that are attached to the spacer onto the hub off of the studs, put them onto the factory studs and torque them down, they're not going to come loose. Because of course when the wheel's installed there, you can't really see them, you have to take the wheel off to check the torque, you really want to make sure that these are gonna stay nice and tight and that's where the thread locker comes in. So there's a little plastic tip on top of the applicator that you'll cut off, put a couple of drops on each of the studs here and then put the nuts on there. Now we're just doing this to show you how to get it installed, we're gonna be taking this right back off again, so I'm not gonna be using any of the thread locker, but again, it's a very easy thing to install. Just cut that tip off and put a few drops on. Once you've applied in the thread locker, just spin the small nuts that come with the kit off and put them on the factory studs to hold the wheel spacer in place. Now that we have all of these started, we're gonna hit him with the impact to tighten them down and then we'll grab a torque wrench just to make sure they're properly torqued. Now we're gonna grab our torque wrench and set it to 100-foot-pounds and torque all of the nuts that we just put on the factory studs. And as usual, when you're torquing you want to do that in a star pattern to make sure everything gets tightened down nice and evenly. The last step is to reinstall your tire. Get all the lug nuts finger tight and then we're gonna torque these down as well with our torque wrench. Now unfortunately, anytime you put an adapter or an extension on your torque wrench, you are going to be changing your torque settings but we don't have too much of a choice with the way this wheel's set up and with our torque wrench, so this is the best we're gonna be able to get. Again we'll torque these in the same star pattern. So if you're looking for a simple no-frills wheel spacer, I would recommend this choice from RedRock 4x4 and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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