Backspace Mismatch Question
I am interested in replacing the spare (or 5th, if you will) wheel for my vehicle as the current one has a leak (its not the tire). The backspace on the original 14 x 6 steel wheels appears to be 4 3/8". Most after market wheels seem to indicate a backspace of either 4", 4 1/4", or 4 1/2". I am interested in comments/opinions as to how critical it is to have the wheel backspace identically match on a particular axle (ie, front or rear) as regards to handling, etc.
To be noted, one of the wheels on the vehicle was replaced a number of years back, and I recently noted that it appears to only have 4" backspace. I haven't noticed any huge problems, so I suppose I've somewhat answered my own question, but I would like to know what others think. If you have a mismatch front, would you expect some degree of pulling or other issue?