This is mainly a question directed towards @supercraig that I thought others may be interested in hearing his answers to, but if anyone else has helpful info, feel free to share it.
Lets say you’ve bought a nice set of wheels, back before there was this thing called ‘boost spacing’. Now after a few years, your old frame is getting tired and you want something newer, but most new frames have boost spacing and you don’t want to buy a new rear wheel to suit. Yes, a proper boost spacing wheel should be a little bit stronger/stiffer, but for the added price of it doesn’t seem worth the small benefit.
There are options for certain hubs to change them from 142mm width to 148mm. Some kits add 3mm to either end cap, and a 3mm rotor spacer to position the rear rotor in the right place. This keeps your wheel centered in the frame and doesn’t require re-dishing of your wheel.
Some other options add 6mm to the non-drive side of the hub, as well as a 6mm rotor spacer. This option requires the rear wheel to be re-dished by 3mm to center it in the frame. The manufacturers of this option claim that this will bring spoke bracing angles closer to symmetric, creating a stiffer, stronger wheel. The non-drive side spoke length will be reduced by 0.4mm, the drive side by 0.1mm - both minimal changes and well within typical spoke length tolerances according to them.
Is re-dishing a rear wheel to the non-drive side by 3mm truely not a big deal?
Generally that won’t affect spoke length enough to require different length spokes?
What about on a front wheel, using a non-boost wheel in a boost fork, utilizing a longer end cap on the drive side of the hub and re-dishing the wheel by 5mm to center it?