New to TW but a frequent visitor to the site for good reading and info. I have been researching different forums on wheel spacers and I am well aware that there are plenty of differing opinions on whether or not they should be used. I have decided to buy a set, but my question pertains to what size spacers I should go with. Let me give you a little bit of info. on my current wheel/tire setup and the options available.
My Tacoma is a 2001 Prerunner Double Cab. Right now I am running an aftermarket set of AFX Ambush wheels in size 20x8.5 with a +18 offset and 265/50-20 tires. This puts the backspacing at about 5.5” according to the conversion charts. My last set of wheels were the 16x8 TRD Ivan Stewart’s with a +1 offset, approximately 4.5” backspacing. I was also running 265/75-16 tires, and the stance seemed perfect because this put the tire in almost perfect alignment with the fenders. However, this also caused a slight rub in the front since I am currently running without a lift, leveling kit, etc.
Since I lost about an inch in total backspacing, in order to get the new 20” wheels/tires flush with the fender the spacers would obviously have to be at least 1”. I also went .5” wider in wheel width though. There is a company that makes spacers in size 1” and 1.25”, and I’m wondering which would be the better option. I used a leveler to measure the current distance from the tires to the outside of the fender and it is around .5” as well. So even with a 1” spacer it will stick out .5” from the fender. I don’t mind the tires sticking out slightly, I just don’t want it to be too much.
I also plan on getting either a leveling kit or the Bilstein 5100’s installed, so that will raise the front slightly. But another change I want to make is to go up in tire size to a 275/55-20, so that adds 10 mm to the tire width. My main goal is to NOT have any rubbing up front, so if anyone could offer any suggestions or advice on what wheel spacer size/setup might be the best, I would most definitely appreciate it. Thanks and glad to be a part of TW!