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Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by CMcCormick, June 18, 2011.

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    1. CMcCormick

      CMcCormick New Member

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      So I am trying to get my tires to stand farther out, of course being 17 I don't want to go and buy a new axle or anything extreme like that.

      I am thinking of buying 2 inch spacers to start with then what else can I do, I am planning on making my explorer ready for some trails and speed and figured a better wider wheel base will help in turns and not rolling over.

      Any thoughts?
       
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      Wheel spacers are hard on ball joints and bearings. They will severely decrease the life of moving parts up front. You can always go with an 8 in wide wheel and you will add about two inches of track width. Wheel base is the length of your vehicle from center of front hub to center of rear hub.
       
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      yeah, my apologies for the incorrect term usage, couldn't really think how to describe it, I just want that wider look.
       
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      I believe negative offset on the wheels will stick them out further, the bigger the number the more they will be out.
       
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      The negative offset is exactly that, negative meaning inset from 0 offset. An 8in wide wheel with zero offset will push your track out a little over an inch per side. A 8 in wheel with a -19 say for instance will yield a slightly narrower track width.
       

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