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Lowering spare tire using factory tool

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Gen2 Man, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. Dec 10, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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    Gen2 Man

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    I found out the hard way Toyota uses 12 different sockets to lower the spare. These are on the trucks that came with alloy wheels and locking lug nuts. It’s great until you lose that tool then you go see the dealer and find out which one you need. You could be stranded if you don’t have the tool. Toyota has a master kit and can match up to a corresponding part number then can order you a new one around 40 bucks.

    My question is can you bypass this and convert to standard which just uses the normal hook found on trucks with steel wheels. Has anyone done this and what did it take?
     
  2. Dec 10, 2019 at 12:29 PM
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    spitdog

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    I thought all Tacoma's used the hand crank with the curved end to lower the spare.
    I have alloy rims and mine uses the hook at the end of the hand crank
     
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  3. Dec 10, 2019 at 12:35 PM
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  4. Dec 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM
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    What a mess!

    My spare will raise and lower via the J hook that's also used on the jack. I bought my Tacoma used from a dealer and it was missing the kit. I pointed this out and they supplied another one, from where, who knows? I also found out the one they supplied wasn't correct as one of the thumb screws contacts part of the frame when in use so I replaced that screw with a regular bolt. The segments on mine are a 15" J hook and 11.5" extensions.

    A quick Google search brings up lots of replacements. Some of those include measurements. The segments are 18.7" J Hook and 18.5" extensions, but those with measurements say they cover 2005-2014. Of course I have a 2015 (don't think that really matters). Dorman states their kit covers 2005 - 2019 but doesn't give segment lengths.

    Mine are solid, some of the aftermarket seem to be pipe, not sure if that makes any difference. Dorman runs about $38, other brands on Amazon can be had for about $25 (lowest I saw was $19.99 and $4.99 shipping)

    So I can't directly answer your question but I can caution the segment lengths can make a difference.

    Glad to add to the confusion. :humble:

    ETA:
    My rims are aluminum and 21mm lugs, which I replaced because the OME chrome caps are crap.
     
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    My best wild ass guess is that you can't remove the existing one to replace it without first unlocking it...because security.

    But I imagine you could buy an aftermarket non-locking type, and just have a dealer unlock this one, and do it yourself.
     
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  7. Dec 10, 2019 at 2:48 PM
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    Yes that’s exactly it and there are 12 different sockets so if you lose yours it’s back to the dealer to figure out which one you need. I’d like to do away with this and just use the plain hook without socket like on standard models. Screw 40 bucks for a pot metal replacement socket and I’m not worried about theft of the wheel. Somebody somewhere could find out the hard way and become stranded with a flat tire all because they don’t have this monkey motion socket.
     
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  8. Dec 10, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    That's odd. My '14 just used the curved hook into a cup/slot. Too easy.
     
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  9. Dec 10, 2019 at 3:35 PM
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    Yes and I would urge those reading this to make sure you know which configuration you have. I haven’t dropped the tire to look yet but worst case scenario I’d have to drill off some rivets to install the simple curved hook and slot arrangement after obtain correct replacement from salvage yard. Whoever devised this security lock deserves to be bitch slapped.
     
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  10. Dec 10, 2019 at 3:51 PM
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    Never seen such a thing.

    Then again I only have 5 lugnuts per wheel too. :anonymous:
     
  12. Dec 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM
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    So this is what comes with Gen 2 factory locking lug nuts, yes? My 2015 didn't come with that option, thankfully.

    My 2001 had original equipment locking lug nuts, but that still had the j-hook winch on the spare.
     
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  13. Dec 10, 2019 at 4:05 PM
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    I think Toyota implemented this system for the trucks headed for the Harlem and East LA areas.
     
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  15. Dec 17, 2019 at 8:31 AM
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    Regular curved hook on my 2015 and 17.
     

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