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Old 02-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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Are Spacers bad?

Hi all....

Just got a new 2010 DoubleCab. Am wanting to lift it....was considering a spacer lift, but it seems like everyone on here is against them? Can anyone explain to me the pros and cons of this? i am not wanting to spend alot of money on this..... new truck payment. haha thanks alot for any clarity here!
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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OK if mostly on road action and want lift for tires to fit...bad for offroad because of cv angle and less articulation.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:23 PM   #3
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Hit the search button it will be ur friend
.. This question has been asked alot ..
& Yes they are crap / just buy blistein 5100s
And the biggest tire size u can fit on stocks is
285/75/16 or 285/70/17 with 3 inch lift and slight
trimming
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #4
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We get asked this question all the time. “Why are most spacer lifts be bad”? Well spacer lifts can cause a few problems and cost you big dollars to fix. First there are a few different kinds of spacer lifts, there is the kind that just bolts on the top of the existing shock that spaces it down to give lift. The problem that can come from running this kind of spacer is the shock will now be allowed to droop to far downward causing binding and damage to ball joints, 4×4 axle cv’s, and steering joints. The other issue you might have is since the shock is now just pushed down when you bottom out the suspension on or off-road instead of hitting the bumpstops you will just bottom out the shock. This can lead to some hefty damage. The next kind of spacer lift available are the preload spacers. These will usually cause the coil springs to be preloaded to give lift. The side effect to this type of lift is the shock valving is not designed for the extra preload of the spring giving the ride a bad bouncy feel that sometimes feels uncontrolled. And in some cases we have seen the spring coilbind causing damage to the shock and the frame. This is because the spring is designed to move about 1/2 its total length so when you pre-load them they are now compressed to much so near bottom out they will bind before you hit the bumpstops.
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At first I was like "I don't remember posting this"... Haha

There's a lot better kits out there for the same price or a little more.

Browse here and the toyteclifts.com site. Look at OME, eibach, and Bilstein 5100 lifts.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:27 PM   #11
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But seriously, just wait till you get the funds to get a lift like OME or 5100's. Ive got a spacer and am in the process of saving for an OME kit now. Do it right the first time.
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Ok, so now that weve established lift spacers are bad..... whats the cheapest and best way to go? ome? price? thanks for the help everyone!
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:29 PM   #13
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part number#? thanks again, this site is great!
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Hi all....

Just got a new 2010 DoubleCab. Am wanting to lift it....was considering a spacer lift, but it seems like everyone on here is against them? Can anyone explain to me the pros and cons of this? i am not wanting to spend alot of money on this..... new truck payment. haha thanks alot for any clarity here!
Hi there Mr Loboperro (=wolfdog), i have a TT 03 4x4,trd, bla bla bla,,,, a very sharp looking truck and everything else,it also came with a 3 inchs lift when when i bought and i fell for it, But...I would NOT recommend to you to get spacer lifts , mine has it and i don't like too much the way it rides, i'ts kind of rough (Of course ,is not a cadillac,it's a truck but still..)and its hard every time you do have to take corners,not very safe while doing some light offroading among some other issues, in my opinion the best choice would be to save some money and get a set of King coilovers and some 5100 billis in the rear, I can't wait to see the day when i got mine installed on my truck, it's expensive but for what i know they are worth the price, believe me I don't like the way mines ride..Don't go for it,make some sacrifice,save up some money and do it good
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http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.php...=113&Itemid=72

Anything on this page minus the spacers.

I have the eibach kit with 5100's set to .85. Gives a total of around 2.5 inches up front. And a two inch AAL.
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hey while you guys are on the subject, i wonder if i can get some advice too. i'm about to buy bilstein 5100s. my truck is a stock 99 trd. as long as i'm spending $400 anyway, i'd like to add a little height. i've pretty much been effectively scared away from spacers so i've all but decided to go with billy 5100 adjustable heights set to 2.5" in front with my stock coils and a 2" AAL in back. how will that setup affect how she rides? i'm still struggling to understand the concept of spring preload and exactly what the effects are. don't tell me to get new coils. i'm well aware that thats the best way to go but i'm not dropping that loot right now. i can always get coils later and set the shocks back to 0.

P.S. i'm running 31x10.5 BFG ATs. they're still in great shape and i'm going to run them til they're dead, but will i be able to fit 33s later on with this lift and a little trimming? i know i'll need new wheels if i want a wider tire i'm just wondering if they'll fit height-wise.
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Your ride will probably stiffen up a little bit. Can't help u with the technical stuff.

At 2.5 inches of lift you'll be able to fit a 285 tire. You will have to do some trimming to do this. And you'll also have to get wheel spacers, or new wheels with backspacing of 4.5 or less. Even with this you still might rub a little.
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