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Are there any cons when it comes to wheel spacers.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Nick Sells, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Mar 24, 2011 at 5:08 AM
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    Nick Sells

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    I searched wheel spacers and not much came up I was wondering if there are any bad points when it comes to wheel spacers I Just lifted my truck and want a little bit of a wider wheel base until I can get a better set of tires if there is a thread I missed my a link would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. Mar 24, 2011 at 5:12 AM
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    toyo freak

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    Most people go with spidertrax. They are about 1.25 " and at that distance you can't harm much. Some worry about wheel bearings but there are several members
    On TW who have had no issues
     
  3. Mar 24, 2011 at 5:14 AM
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    Thanks I appreciate it.
     
  4. Mar 24, 2011 at 5:18 AM
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    There should be a crapload of threads if you search for Spidertrax, etc.

    To answer your question, yes there are some cons...basically all are related to increasing the arm/moment from the steering knuckle pivot point.

    Cons of increasing the arm/moment from the pivot are:
    - increased chance of tire rubbing issues
    - increased stress on suspension components
    - increased stress on wheel bearings

    How significant any of the above cons are is highly debatable (except for the tire rubbing issue -- there is really no gray area about that one if you are planning on running bigger tires).

    Cons related to increased chance of lug studs breaking, wheels falling off, or whatever else are basically based on myth and aren't real issues unless the spacers are installed improperly or unless you buy really cheap poorly designed spacers. It's pretty much the consensus on TW that Spidertrax are the way to go. I have had no problems with mine except for the increased tire rub when making sharp turns over bumps. Nothing a little plastic trimming inside the wheel wells couldn't fix.
     
  5. Mar 24, 2011 at 5:27 AM
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    BirdTRD

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    Front (2.75" total): 1.6" Eibach coils, Toytec 0.5" (L) & 0.25" (R) top plate spacers, 5100's @ 0.85", Built Right uniball UCA's, Differential drop, Removed sway bar Rear: TSB springs, Wheeler's 1.5" AAL, 5100's, 2* shims, Carrier bearing drop, F and R Spidertrax, 285/75-16 Goodyear Duratracs, Self-fabbed sliders, rear bumper, and skid plates, Cobra 75 CB, Bed lined slim lo-pro tool box, Bed Extender, Diff breather mod, Two tail gate security mods, Exhaust dumped behind axle, Can't leave shit alone so plenty more coming...
    Basically what everyone said here is true. Spidertrax are the only way to go. I have them and love them. Plenty of photos in my gallery if you're curious. Yes, technically, they can increase bearing wear. However, the accelerated bearing wear would be the same as an equally off set wheel.
     
  6. Mar 24, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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    how about a 1/4 inch spacer from wheelers offroad? sorry for the threadjack
     
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