1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Are wheel spacers safe?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SR54x4, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Sep 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM
    #1
    SR54x4

    SR54x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Member:
    #37658
    Messages:
    695
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Hudson Valley
    Vehicle:
    2008 4x4 TRD SR5 Tundra
    Magnaflow 12588, TSC lo-pro extra deep toolbox, step bars and bull bar
    I have 265/75/16's on stock steel wheels on my 2010 access cab 4x4 with front 5100's at 1.75 and rear spring TSB. The tires do not rub at all. I was thinking of adding spidertrax 1.25" spacers just for looks. However after some searching on the forum it seems that some say they are fine to use, others say don't do it.

    What do you guys think? Are they safe enough to use just for looks or are they really just for those who need them to clear their tires?
     
  2. Sep 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM
    #2
    johnw

    johnw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Member:
    #17381
    Messages:
    7,181
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    john
    orlando florida
    Vehicle:
    06 prerunner v-6 4.0L 4 door
    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    depends who you ask i have heard bad things some have no problem
     
  3. Sep 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM
    #3
    ColtsTRD

    ColtsTRD .....

    Joined:
    May 13, 2009
    Member:
    #17177
    Messages:
    17,826
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD DCSB
    I'm not a fan of em man...they cause extra wear on the front end components...just save up for some wheels that are 4.5" backspaced with a 0 to -5 offset :)
     
  4. Sep 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM
    #4
    Furb

    Furb Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2009
    Member:
    #21858
    Messages:
    36
    Gender:
    Male
    NoVa
    Vehicle:
    09 4x4 V6 TRD OR Dual Cab
    depending on the style/thickness of spacer, I'd only run them with longer wheel studs
     
  5. Sep 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM
    #5
    jdtemple

    jdtemple Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Member:
    #35623
    Messages:
    517
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area CA
    Vehicle:
    08 DBLCAB LB TRD Sport
    Lift & Tires, in cab power outlets, Locking Bed Boxes, K&N
    Wheel Spacers are dangerous because you won't have as many turns holding the lug nut onto the stud.

    Wheel Adapters are better than spacers because they bolt onto the hub, then the wheel bolts onto the adapter.

    With that said, I would only use Adapters if they were NEEDED and I could not afford to buy the proper off set wheels for a long time.
     
  6. Sep 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM
    #6
    snowgod06

    snowgod06 UG legend wannabe

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2009
    Member:
    #16454
    Messages:
    5,386
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    A farm field, OREGON
    Vehicle:
    06 Access Cab CLONE
    crap bolted and welded together....
    I remember a post awhile back of a guy with either spacers or adapters. (not sure which) But the longer studs he got with them broke going down the road and if i remember right when someone got his attention to stop, he only had one stud left holding a front tire on. But besides that i havent heard anything bad about them.
     
  7. Sep 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM
    #7
    amaes

    amaes Cuz Stock Sucks

    Joined:
    May 26, 2009
    Member:
    #17658
    Messages:
    8,124
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Alex
    Chandler, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2011 FJ Built
    ICON Stage 6, RCI Skids, Blacked out
    THey are unsafe if you are a dumbass and install them wrong. I have them on my LT truck. and they have been on there for a while.
     
  8. Sep 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM
    #8
    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Member:
    #4127
    Messages:
    18,609
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colin
    Lusby, MD
    Vehicle:
    '07 TRD Sport 4x4
    Build thread in sig...
    if you read through the few threads where people have had problems with wheel spacers, you'll notice that the problems are pretty much all caused by user error (either they were installed incorrectly, or lug centric spacers were used when hub-centric were needed.) stuff like that.

    edit: amaes beat me to the part about people installing them wrong
     
  9. Oct 19, 2010 at 8:57 PM
    #9
    meeestirg

    meeestirg Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Member:
    #43661
    Messages:
    1,414
    Gender:
    Male
    D15, CA
    do spacers or wheel adapters affect the turn radius? better or worse?
     
  10. Oct 19, 2010 at 8:59 PM
    #10
    CopDoctor

    CopDoctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Member:
    #30474
    Messages:
    1,864
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Vehicle:
    08 335i
    BMS Intake, JB4 chip, Plastidip everywhere
    worse. wider stance = bigger turning radius
     
  11. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:00 PM
    #11
    meeestirg

    meeestirg Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Member:
    #43661
    Messages:
    1,414
    Gender:
    Male
    D15, CA
    oh shit thanks! looks like i wont be getting them then thanks again!
     
  12. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:01 PM
    #12
    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Member:
    #12478
    Messages:
    16,672
    Gender:
    Male
    SGV, CA
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Offroad
    :eek:

    from this thread:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/98527-fiberwerx-fenders-2.html#post2297363

    post #40 (if you dont know that clicking that stupid white arrow pointing to the right in the little blue box by the OP's name being quoted will bring you right to that damn post)
     
  13. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM
    #13
    Nightstr

    Nightstr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Member:
    #28125
    Messages:
    5,270
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Felipe
    Sacramento CA
    Vehicle:
    05 prerunner sr5
    BLHM BLWM 3" TOUGH COUNTRY LIFT TRD SEAT COVERS THULE RACK M/T KM2 265/65/16
    What is the best way to install a wheel adaptor? Is that what a Spidertrax is?
     
  14. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:20 PM
    #14
    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Member:
    #12478
    Messages:
    16,672
    Gender:
    Male
    SGV, CA
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Offroad
    ^ spidertrax is a company that makes wheel spacers and they are one of the best out there for our trucks. It is as easy as removing and putting on a spare tire
     
  15. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:23 PM
    #15
    Nightstr

    Nightstr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Member:
    #28125
    Messages:
    5,270
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Felipe
    Sacramento CA
    Vehicle:
    05 prerunner sr5
    BLHM BLWM 3" TOUGH COUNTRY LIFT TRD SEAT COVERS THULE RACK M/T KM2 265/65/16
    ^ Oh ok, thanks. What about the All Pro spacer, are those any good?
     
  16. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:26 PM
    #16
    Kyouto42

    Kyouto42 Iron Beard

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Member:
    #8614
    Messages:
    9,243
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Ahwatukee, AZ
    Vehicle:
    BSP '10 4x4 TRD Off-Road DC
    See build thread in signature
    Hub centric spacers (Spidertrax, AllPro) are perfectly fine. Sports cars, long travel trucks, and stuff that our taco's could never dream of hitting performance wise run them all the time with no issue. They are just as strong as going direct to hub if installed and torqued correctly. Also, while they can somewhat change your geometry slightly it's minimal and any 'increased wear' is nominal at best... not even worth thinking about. You will get a wider stance, and your turning radius will decrease... but it'll do the same thing with aftermaket wheels and an aggressive backspacing.
     
  17. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM
    #17
    amaes

    amaes Cuz Stock Sucks

    Joined:
    May 26, 2009
    Member:
    #17658
    Messages:
    8,124
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Alex
    Chandler, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2011 FJ Built
    ICON Stage 6, RCI Skids, Blacked out
    The all pros should be fine. There isn't a whole lot to a wheel spacer. When you install them make sure to torque the to the right spec and then do it in the proper star pattern.
     
  18. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:31 PM
    #18
    tacoprerunner378

    tacoprerunner378 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2010
    Member:
    #40387
    Messages:
    67
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    avondale arizona
    Vehicle:
    05 prerunner trd sport PRERUNNER
    Front and rear 4 inch flares from glass works, front and rear prerunner bumpers, 10inch jack hammer sub with 600 watt amp, jvc deck ,17inc black rock rims with 265 75 bfg at, flomaster muffler, 3inch leveling kit from hell bent steel, led blue lights in hood scoop, 2 hella lights, 2 auto zone brand off road lights, led running lights, 2 led light strips that go with sub, cb radio, pa system, sirens and strobe lights, k and n air charger intake, street and performance throttle body spacer(nice turbo sound), spare tire holder, and more
    i have 3" trail gear ones on my truck and havent had a problem with them i love them
     
  19. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:36 PM
    #19
    kite

    kite Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2010
    Member:
    #44587
    Messages:
    279
    Gender:
    Male
    Squamish, BC
    Vehicle:
    Red Truck
    This is not completely true. A wheel spacer will not cause more stress on front end components than a low offset wheel will. It's simple physics. Assuming everything is just as balanced with the same offset from the hub, there is no fundamental difference in the forces or leverage placed on the suspension components. Just think of the spacer being part of the wheel.

    Porsche used and I think still sells 3" spacers for some of their cars.

    Spacers are something I wouldn't cheap out on though.
     
  20. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM
    #20
    CopDoctor

    CopDoctor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Member:
    #30474
    Messages:
    1,864
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Vehicle:
    08 335i
    BMS Intake, JB4 chip, Plastidip everywhere

    nah, i didn't notice any difference with mine.
     
To Top