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I added 1.5 inch wheel spacers. I think it looks much better. The inset of the wheels really bugged me, and the handling is much better on winding mountain roads now.

Also added K&N filter. Wow. Very noticeable difference in power, also increased MPG by about 1.5. If you have the 2.0 engine with a five speed you should really give it a try.
 

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Two things:

- The spacers move the wheel/rim assemblies out which is one thing but in doing so there is more stress on the arms, ball joints that hold the wheel in place. The implementation was already a very weak point in the suspension of these vehicles with very early and frequent wear out. Keep it but keep and eye on the wheels suspension for play and knocking indicating repair is needed.

- K&N do let in more dirt their weave is quite wide and grit easily gets past the filtering fabric despite being oiled. If you drive in dusty conditions an engine jobs will come early. If you're not keeping it long then it may hang in there.
 

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Two things:

- ........it but keep and eye on the wheels suspension for play and knocking indicating repair is needed.

- ...... If you drive in dusty conditions an engine jobs will come early. If you're not keeping it long then it may hang in there.

I strongly agree with you. Engineer team designers for sure took many precaucions to have a good truck, but we all know everything is about money (everything design to give 99.999%) so for sure when you add some stuff to get better performance, for sure you have more risk to have a premature failure or more frecuently maintenance.
 

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Going wider for me would result in a lot a road spray. In both the Winter and wet time in the summer. It can be bad enough as it is.

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You may not be aware but this is built on a cars suspension and drive train is essentially a CALIBRE with a JEEP skin on it.
Unlike many real SUV's which have robust truck heavy duty wheel bearings and steering suspension components which can easily take the addition spacing. Weak ball joint in the lower control arms and they inner bushings fail easily on the OEM parts. Maybe replacing it all with better quality aftermarket pieces may be better. I have been using Mevotech when possible since they have a Canadian office and based here. There parts are in my opinion much better without the steep price.
 

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Thank you for the replies.

I really do appreciate the knowledge of other forum members. I did do some research on wheel adapters/spacers and premature wear. I am willing to take the chance on replacing suspension components early. In the long run, I may just end up getting new wheels and tires with an offset that bring the tires out a bit more than stock.

I have had K&N filters on my cars for as long as I can remember and have not had a problem. I think with proper maintenance they preform just fine.

When I sold my last work truck, it had 290,000 K&N filtered miles on it and ran like new.
 

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