Wheel spacers

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by mtl_76, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. mtl_76

    mtl_76 Active Member

    I just installed Spidertrax Toyota 6 on 5-1/2 IN x 1-1/4 IN Thick Wheel Spacer Kit IMG_0567.jpg IMG_0497.jpg IMG_0511.jpg IMG_0547.jpg
     
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  3. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    Why would you do this? Just for wider stance? I'm not a fan of spacers as they can cause issues.
     
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  4. ryan_jam3s

    ryan_jam3s New Member

    Wheel spacers can be used for looks and sometimes they are used to keep the tires from hitting the UCA’s when they’re fully cranked
     
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  5. OP
    mtl_76

    mtl_76 Active Member

    Hey..why because I Wanted to have a different look + wider stance like you mention. Please Explain your bad experience or issues.
     
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  6. VBTacoma

    VBTacoma Well-Known Member

    People just like to be negative about things. I know people that have run wheel spacers for years with no issues. The stance looks good now. Be happy with what you’ve done and ignore negative comments.
     
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  7. Lil G

    Lil G Well-Known Member

    Hey buddy it’s your truck do what you want. It looks good. Enjoy the truck.
     
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  8. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    By increasing the offset of the wheel, you place more stress on the axle’s studs, and in a front axle application on the unit bearings (or spindles) and ball joints of the axle. You also increase the tire scrub radius, changing the way the vehicle handles and increasing the difficulty of slow-speed turning. Also, by adding wheel spacers you are adding more components, and the more components, the more potential for failure. Make sure to properly tighten and torque all of the spacers’ bolts and nuts. Yes, it's the least expensive way to get the look you want. Kind of like using a leveling kit with spacers VS correct lift kit with coilovers. My son has had several lifted trucks with wheel spacers. Bearings were the first thing to go. But the trucks looked very cool. Just my opinion and not being negative as someone said who doesn't even no me.
     
  9. VBTacoma

    VBTacoma Well-Known Member

    Putting anything on a truck that doesn’t come from the actual engineering and assembly of the vehicle puts more stress on all components. Asking people why they would do something like putting on wheel spacers or a lift on a 2wd truck is an easy answer...Because they want to and it’s their truck. No, I don’t “know” you but I do know that people do things to their trucks and share because they are excited to what they’ve done, so people asking why you would do something like that is negative and rude. It’s just like people telling others that they aren’t fans of the rims or tires someone has picked out. If you don’t like them, don’t comment or just say it looks good.
     
  10. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    It looks good :D
     
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  11. TacoBOB77

    TacoBOB77 Well-Known Member

    Good talk will learn from experience what works what doesnt trial and error is how we improve
     
  12. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Looks good

    #FRIENDSDON'TLETFRIENDSRUNSPACERS
     
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  13. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    While I support this in terms of lifts 100%, not being an engineer, I wonder what difference wheel spacers vs different offset rims makes.

    I'll never run spacers due to all the drama, there must be something about them that are a problem I guess.... But again, think about the rim offset being thrown into the mix. Are either different in the whole geometry side?
     
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  14. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    I don't support these spacers but not so much because of the wheel bearing geometry thing, I think you're spot on. Same geometry no matter which approach you go about it. I don't think a reasonable backspacing and offset (such as 4.5" and 0) are enough to put extra strain on our 1 wheel bearing, now the Browheels that have most of the tire outside of the fender have to be tortuous.
    I don't support wheel spacers because of a buddy that ended up replacing half of his studs over a 2.5-3 year period. Everytime he rotated he re-torqued, a couple of lug nuts were always a tad loose, the ones that weren't ended up popping one day. He decided when he changed all of those that he'd torque down the spacers with a small drop of Loctite on each stud, that worked until brake time, popped about half trying to get the rear drums off...

    Granted this was a Cheby and human error could have been a factor and I know many people run them with no issues but witnissing the hassle that they caused a friend in addition to all the holes being wollered out in the spacers that I removed from my '10OR strayed me for life....
    Oh, and Dad rung one off at the Christmas tree as soon as he let go of the transbrake, but that's apples and oranges. The lesson was still the same to me tho, should've sent them back and got the right backspacing! They were "high quality" spacers but the studs were junk....
     
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  15. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member


    Lmao, traction on the strip will QUICKLY find the weakest link.
     
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  16. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    66 Mustang, stroked 289, first set of Mickey Thompson 50s in town (that’ll tell ya how long ago this was) on Cragar SS. Spacers with chromemoly studs.
    Roger on the retorque every week but no other problems.
     
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  17. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    So giving/sharing information makes me negative and rude? Profound statement.......
     
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  18. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Math :confused:
    I don’t recommend them because most people aren’t going to do the required maintenance on them and they become unsafe at that point. I don’t want to have my family on the road with drunks and wheel spacers :D
     
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  19. VBTacoma

    VBTacoma Well-Known Member

    No, just seeing that you question this guy about why he would use spacer, and you question another guy on why he would ant to lift a 2wd. Maybe because they both want to do those things to their trucks. People talking down to people because of the types of lifts they choose to the rim/tire setup they have put on their truck is an a$$hole move. Maybe you weren’t trying to sound rude asking both guys why they would want to do those things, but it sure seems like it. Sorry if I’ve misinterpreted, but it just seems rude to me. Profound or not think before you ask why when people are just asking for advice on what kind of item to get or showing their new stuff off because they’re excited about it. Just my opinion!
     
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  20. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    So you put a 302 crank and rods in your 289? :D
    Good running combo!
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2019
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  21. Lil G

    Lil G Well-Known Member

    What’s a cragar SS . Lol just kidding buddy. I remember them but I’m a late 70s model
     
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