TNX Realm Noobie - AKA Grog
2008 Xterra X
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
It's fascinating that so many young and enthusiastic owners are equipping their Xterras with spacers ranging from 1.5" to 3" - despite the fact that many who have them (and negative offset rims) are facing a variety of problems that started within a day, a week or a year of installing them. There are marketers and committed users who insist that spacer problems are all related to moronic installation by owners who aren't mechanically inclined. Some perhaps, but I have met more than a few competent backyard mechanics who own a variety of offroad and overland trucks and have faced similar or worse issues than those described in this forum. There is a raft of scientific information in SAE journals and European driving publications that explains the intricacies of steering and suspension geometry and the specific troubles that will eventually befall a machine when these systems are pushed beyond design parameters. It's all there in black and white for those motivated enough to do their own objective research.
I could write on this at length but I'd probably be banned for boring Xterrans into seizures yet each time I visit its a bit like deja vu all over again - you know the ending, it's something expensive and disheartening that no one wants to hear about. I am an ancient who's, perhaps, a bit too bothered by physics and math for this topic but it was my forty year old son who told me that "this is a era of incredible hype and instant gratification" and, while that may not be true, there certainly is an obsession with big spacers on many vehicle forums.
There are huge bucks to be made in bits of shiny billet these days and short-term gains in pleasure are still outrunning long-term pains to wallets... at least until the bills start coming due. So choose, but choose wisely,
Grog the Canuck
Last edited by Grog the Canuck; 11-06-2018 at 11:43 AM.
Reason: speilling mustakes