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post #61 of 64 (permalink) Old 05-12-2018, 10:39 AM
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Just to add to the knowledge base here....I bought these eBay 1.5" Hub Centric spacers about a month ago. Installed them a week ago and have put a couple hundred miles on them at speeds up to 85mph. NO vibrations or anything funny. Money well spent.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/4pc-38mm-1-...72.m2749.l2649

Brand new to Xterra's and I'm loving it.
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post #62 of 64 (permalink) Old 11-06-2018, 09:10 AM
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Wow, this is a lot of information and I feel I have info overload. I purchased new wheels 16x8 6x4 114.3 with a +25mm offset. The retailer swore they would fit well... they don't. The calipers are in the way! So my question is, would a 1 inch spacer work? or do I need a 1.5 inch spacer? I have a 2010 S or SE or X (Not sure)
I was considering a similar rim to accomodate a slightly wider tire that stock but your post has me thinking. Can you tell me what brand or make and model the rims you bought are?

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post #63 of 64 (permalink) Old 11-06-2018, 11:31 AM
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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,

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post #64 of 64 (permalink) Old 02-14-2019, 05:50 PM
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OK, I checked this entire sticky hoping to find some answers, really to address my MILD plan to use 1" spacers only, not wider. I need this for more stability at articulation moments (any little bit helps, my thought). I come with some road racing background and have used longer, stronger ARP studs with mild spacers, e.g. 1" or less, to address use of different sets of wheels/tires for tracking vs street. The longer ARPs go through the hub/wheel centric spacers straight to the wheels. This allows for the spacers to have consistent solid material with only the 6 holes drilled for the studs, as opposed to the usual spacers stated above with offset studs.

So, has anyone used this approach for wheeling/crawling? Interested to see if any drawbacks, because again I've used them in race conditions with no issues and address wheel bearings when needed.
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