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That's fine I guess, but I want to keep the stock rims lol. Unless they make aftermarket ones that look like the stock ones, but with different backspacing.

I also remember some trucks coming with spacers on the passenger sides from the factory. Something about accounting for tire wear because of the pitch in paved roads. They didn't do it for long, it was like an experiment or something, and was only an 1/8in spacer.

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just live w/ it mike......

unless you want to go to some aftermarket rims, ya ain't really gotta choice

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I can't accept that. It seems there is always a way, I just need to find it.

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wider axles

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That would require a lot of fab work wouldn't it..... I need more friends that know how to do this stuff lol

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in my opinion , i dont know how much money your waqntin to spend but i would just put a lift on it and stick 305's under my buddy did on his 2500 w/o lift and it looks really good but i dont know about how much you would need for a 1500
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spacers

i have two friends who actually still run 2"wheel spacers .one is a 2005 dodge ram and the other a 2003 chevy silverado,both with no problems at all.and we all do some offroading.i ordered a set of the 2" spacers myself.il take pics of the install on monday.
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i worked for discount tire for 4 years. i personally wouldnot recommend spacers. look in to a different offset on your rim, i dont no about the front end wear, it makes some sense, but from wheel balance aspect it always throws it off. I do no people who run them on custom trucks and have no problem but for a dailey driver i woulndt do it.
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i think it would affect steering components more than other front suspension components, if you think in terms of mechanical levers, pushing the tire out with a spacer means that you will need more force to turn the tires left and right, due to losing some mechanical advantage. this is why it stresses out the ball joints. if you had a 2wd you'd probably also wear out the pitman arm.

i think a similiar effect would be caused by getting bigger tires.... more force required to turn left/right since more rubber is in contact with the ground

you'd have a bigger effect with a spacer AND big tires.

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There is a major difference between wheel spacers and wheel adapters. Spacers fit between the hub and the rim on the factory studs. A wheel adapter bolts onto the factory studs and provides studs to mount the wheel onto. They are considered adapters because you can change the bolt pattern. I am running 2" adapters on my 1994 and I'm running the chrome clad 20s from an '03. The truck looks really nice and handles fine. I did replace all 4 ball joints right before as well as new shocks and a front end alignment...so I'll let you know if anything wears out abnormally.

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i have a 98 ram with 2 inch adapters on the back since we put some 20s off and 07 ram and the front wheels stick out more then the back and it was bothering me so install them and it handles fine and look freaking sweet hope i had a camera so i could post some pictures
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how many inches do these "adaptors" push the wheel out from stock? Are they supposed to be stronger than spacers?

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i guess it depends on the size u get 2 inches youll see a difference i dont know whats the bigest you an buy tho any 1 know 2.5 maybe
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When I did my research 2.5" were the largest I saw. But...the 2" spacers give you 4" inches total. The '03 20" look really nice on my truck!!! It's a 2wd and most people think its a 4wd...mainly because of all the mud spashed on the fenders...
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I just installed adapters on my truck, looks good, handles fine. If you run wide tires it may impact your turning radius. With the tire farther out, it will hit the rear of the fender.

Also, running spacers is just like getting rims with different backspacing. Both may wear out your wheel bearings faster.. how much faster depends on how you drive/where you drive/how much you drive. You may never notice a difference. So if you dont want to pony up for some rims, just use the adapters -you can find them used too -locktite them up with the good stuff and you are good to go.

Check them every once in a while tho cause the guys here are right, dis-similar metals contract and expand differently -that said however -- YOU RUN DIFFERENT ALLOY wheels all the time, and the hub you bolt to is steel -so this is no big deal.

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adapter pics

these adapters rock.

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