whats your opinion on wheel spacers
Care to explain this a bit more. You are saying the back of the wheel had 1-2 inches of space, with nothing there, between the wheel and the mounting surface on the hub?All the GMC and ford trucks of the 80's/90's that ran 15x10s where the hub mounting face was an inch or two from the back of the wheel, think they were snapping studs non-stop so much that it was a safety hazard?
Sorry to bust your bubble, but I have first hand experience and it was only 5 years ago, not the 70s. I was riding in my friends truck when the lugs on the spacer sheered at 55 mph. Luckily it was one of the rear wheels. We had checked before we left and they were all torqued to spec. When I worked in an auto shop and spacers were all the rage 5-10 years ago, I saw quite a few vehicle come in with sheered off lugs on the spacers.For what its worth I never had an issue with them. Towing, wheeling, daily driving. All good. Guess its a good thing I didn't read online of horror stories of peoples uncles and grandpas using them back in the 70s with bad luck instead of there own experience.. like someone said, just use common sense installing them and keep things tight
The spacers were custom built from T6 aluminum by a local machine shop, with over 60 years experience, to be hub centric. These were not some cheapo spacers.Hey critical, were they cheapo spacers? Or were they high quality hub and wheel centric spacers? If you want a safe spacer you can get it, but it will cost you. I paid $240 for custom made spacers to fit my dakota. I provided all the specs and they make them. They are hub/wheel centric. Just as safe as bolting the stock wheels to the truck. If you cheap out, or install them wrong, then yes you will have wheels "sheer" off at 55mph. :sorry:
Went to the machine shop with 60 years experience, then went with dollar store studs sounds like the story.The spacers were custom built from T6 aluminum by a local machine shop, with over 60 years experience, to be hub centric. These were not some cheapo spacers.
Spacers breaking does happen. It adds another failure point to the wheel area. Instead of the wheel being bolted to a steel hub, it is bolted to a chunk of aluminum. have seen one that haven't completely failed, but had cracked around the lug area. Spacers are not designed for heavy stress or weight. They are strictly for cosmetic use.