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Wheel Spacer Opinions?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by taylorholt5, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Nov 27, 2011 at 7:15 PM
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    taylorholt5

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    If i got 2 inch wheel spacers how would that effect my tacoma? Would there be any reason that my wheels would fall off or my wheel bearings go out? What are the precautions. I just want to know.
     
  2. Nov 27, 2011 at 8:00 PM
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    most people run the spidertrax 1.25" spacer, and from what i've seen they have no problems what so ever
     
  3. Nov 27, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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    +1....

    why do you want to go with 2'' wheel spacers? Thats a lot, and seems unnecessary.

    The only problem you could run into with wheel spacers is prematurely wearing out your wheel bearings.
     
  4. Nov 27, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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    45acp

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    This.

    2" is a bit much. You may get some unwanted rubbing on the fenders with that much. As long as they're installed properly, there's not much to really worry about. I'd go with the spidertrax 1.25" as mentioned above.
     
  5. Nov 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM
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    I have 1.5'' Allpros. More then enough and work great! Be sure to get ET lugs too, especially for the front!
     
  6. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    I am currently running the spidertrax wheel spaces with no issues. I used to have a f-150 that I ran a set of 2" spacers on that I got off eBay. They worked great, and I really don't see the difference in a 2" wheel spacer and a wheel with 2" less backspacing so it really depends on the wheel setup as well as the spacer. If you already have them, put em on there!! Nothing like seeing it with your own eyes!!! Just be sure to loctite the inner studs, and torque everything to spec.
     
  7. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    Just reread your post, you have not bought any yet.....ok I would recommend the spidertrax. They also sell 1.5" spacers but are not for the hub eccentric wheels. You could go with them if your wheels take the acorn style lug nuts. Otherwise the 1.25 is plenty.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    John Cheong

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    wheel spacers or more backspacing on your wheels is going to wear out your wheel bearings alot faster because your putting more leverage farther out. its like if you hold a metal pole with one hand in the middle (which is stock) and holding it on the outside (which is like with wheel spacers ect.) and it just puts more stress on it. my only advice is not to buy the cheap ones, dont over kill it and torque everything to spec. im actually planning on getting 1.25" ones soon
     
  9. Nov 28, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    This.

    I run these very hard and have had zero problems.
     
  10. Nov 28, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    I run ebay spacers offroad and have no issues. Why do you need 2 inches? It seems excessive. The wider track width will add more stress to your wheel bearings but nothing too terrible. Just make sure to use loctite and check your nuts.
     
  11. Nov 28, 2011 at 9:57 PM
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    I have 1.5" on my rear axle to even things out from the extra width added by the spindles. They put more stress on wheel bearings and axle shafts (at least in the rear) but our trucks (especially in the rear) are light enough that it shouldn't make much of a difference. At least that was the consensus myself and my old shop teacher (a BMW master tech and avid 'yota 4X4 fan) came to.
     
  12. Nov 29, 2011 at 5:24 AM
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    scrub radius is affected. ..but i don't think it matters that much in a lifted truck.
     
  13. Nov 29, 2011 at 6:12 AM
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    I am thinking about getting the 2 inch ones for my truck as well. I want to fill the width of my baja fenders (at least until I can save enough to long travel my truck).I am curious to know how well they work for you
     
  14. Nov 29, 2011 at 8:24 AM
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    Every Ford dually on the road uses a cast iron 4" wheel spacer from the factory. Wheel spacers are not a new thing, they can be very safe and economical as long as they are installed correctly. I don't think a 2" spacer would give any more trouble than a 10" wide wheel would.
     
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