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post #1 of 20 Old 06-08-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel spacers for a 2012 750....

Since the 2012's require a hubcentric wheel spacer if one wants to retain the stock rims..... Who makes one? Searching here and other forums ( via google) nets lots of responses but not one manufacturer name, or vendor of a proper spacer or if they are even made.

I am looking for either a 1" or 1.5" at most front and rear. Outfits like Highlifter as an example advertise them but they are universal fit with any machine with a 4X110 mm pattern.

Any good sources for some hub centric spacers on the rim side that will allow the use of my original aluminum wheels? Wouldn't be hard for someone to make but I suppose demand would be the issue.

Any experience with Rubber Down Customs and this issue? I just emailed them and asked.

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I know rubber down customs is highly respected in the Polaris Rzr circles. I'd be curious to hear their responses.

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I've contacted many makers of wheel spacers and none make hub centric spacers. Like you said, they'll say they fit but when you ask them if they have the male on one side and female on the other, they admit that they are made to fit over the carrier on the inside, but don't have the carrier on the outside.

I think you could buy 1.5" spacers, press the studs out, and cut the carrier on the wheel side with a lathe. Unless you have a lathe or can find a machinist that will do it cheap, it will cost more than a set of aftermarket wheels.

Hope you can find some.

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I've contacted many makers of wheel spacers and none make hub centric spacers. Like you said, they'll say they fit but when you ask them if they have the male on one side and female on the other, they admit that they are made to fit over the carrier on the inside, but don't have the carrier on the outside.

I think you could buy 1.5" spacers, press the studs out, and cut the carrier on the wheel side with a lathe. Unless you have a lathe or can find a machinist that will do it cheap, it will cost more than a set of aftermarket wheels.

Hope you can find some.
I actually could get some worked on a lathe cheap...... but would rather not have to build something one off myself for once. Good old useless aftermarket....... what a surprise. I have a friend that wants to do the same as I with his 2012 so if push comes to shove, we may just get 8 spacers worked and be done with it.

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Is hubcentric even needed? I know there's a few members here running spacers on their 2012's. Will the hub centric only matter at high speeds or on smooth surfaces for long periods?

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I think it is. The lug nuts and studs will not center the rim with no taper and you end up with a cam lobe for a wheel...Not that drastic of course visually, but still the case and I am not doing this half @$$. From a safety standpoint it potentially can loosen the lugs off.

And quite frankly I like high speed runs on good roads, as that is what surrounds me. I don't want anything to compromise that. I'm sure people get away with it, but I am not interested. I have hubcentric flat back nut rims on my car and I made sure I had centering rings for those..... this is no different.

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Why are you wanting spacers? I ask because I felt like my 2012 750 was too tippy in off camber situations. I was also looking for hub centric spacers with no luck. I finally decided to put 26" bighorn 2.0's on and it cured the tippy feeling. After market tires make a huge difference in the stability of the brute.
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Tires and width. I want 12" wide rubber on the rear of the machine and it rubs the gas tank..... my buddy has 2012 with 12" wide tires on the stock rims with the same issue. I'm going 25X12 rears and 25X9.5 fronts.

Plus, quite frankly the current track width, with all other things aside, looks retarded on such a large machine. Even just one inch would be adequate for my intentions.

I'm not worried really because at the worst I have to get my buddy that owns an engine shop to have a set turned for me.... well and my friends machine too.

Just find it odd after this many years of production with the same issue someone would have built something. But by the looks of it, I am not the only one who cannot source any that are premade. I have searched the internet via search engines with every way I could word it..... and Rubber Down Customs is the only maybe I found.

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Done!





And for those wondering about the lugs and nuts sticking past the edge of the spacers:



The photo is really bad but shows how at least for a '12 the aluminum rims are pocketed on the inside. Because of this the lug nuts and studs on the hub do not affect how the rim sits on the spacer. The total damage for the modification to the Highlifter spacers?????? $50.83 at the local John Deere dealership..... No I can't buy rims for anywhere close to that even with the cost of the spacers themselves...... And truthfully I didn't want too as I like my '12 Special editions polished rims.

The spacers are now 0.88" wide which works fine with 12.5" rear tires. So we effectively have a 120 thou thick lip for the rim to ride on, which is plenty. If you want to get creative you can purchase the 1.5" units, turn them down to 1" overall and then install the 1" studs( unless the highlifter uses the same studs all the time and just countersinks them further..... I don't know). Either way this is the results!

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Very nice work. That's a great price too.

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