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Wheel spacers.... Y/N?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by CdnDave20, Aug 15, 2020.

  1. Aug 16, 2020 at 3:14 PM
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    Taco 2020

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    That is exactly what I want for my truck. Can you provide me with the wheel spec. on what you ordered? I assume you got them direct from Bora. I did the same on my F150 and I feel confident in running their spacers. Great quality!!
     
  2. Aug 17, 2020 at 2:53 PM
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    Assuming you torque the wheel spacer correctly and then your wheels correctly AND retorque them after whatever miles, this is perfectly fine as a DIY project.

    If it’s not, then neither is a tire rotation.
     
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  3. Aug 17, 2020 at 2:57 PM
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    Wheel spacers are like running down the road with a small prybar on your wheel bearings. The spacers will shorten wheel bearing life.
     
  4. Aug 17, 2020 at 3:10 PM
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    Not really evidence of anything, but here's one data point...

    In 2008 I took over driving my wife's '04 4Runner as my daily driver, which at that time had about 120K miles on. I added a lift and a set of Spidertrax and proceeded to drive it for another 8+ years with absolutely zero issues. I removed lift and spacers @ 255K miles just before I sold the truck in 2017 to the wife of a fellow forum member (he actually bought the Spidertrax from me for use on his 2nd gen Tacoma). The original wheel bearings were still in great shape when I removed the spacers and as far as I can recall, my running of the spacers for 130K+ miles never resulted in the death or dismemberment of myself, my family members, or anybody else known or unknown to me. YMMV.
     
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  5. Aug 17, 2020 at 3:17 PM
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    Yeah so does running wheels with a 0 or negative offset. Or running 33s, or 35s, or armor. You could say literally anything you do to change your truck from stock will have an effect on X part. I ran spacers for years on my ranger and wheeled the shit out of it and never broken anything the whole time I owned it.
     
  6. Aug 17, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    I ordered them from Lenny at motorsport-tech.com
    The site will get you where you need to go, pretty used friendly. I think the specs are:
    Tacoma(2016-2020) 0.75" Aluminum spacers, 6x139.7 bolt pattern, 106 hub.
    Only 3k miles, but so far so good.
     
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  7. Aug 17, 2020 at 5:43 PM
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    No apologies needed, there's a lot of controversy over spacers - as you can see from the responses in this thread.

    Spidertrax and BORA are the two main name-brands you'll see for spacers.

    They're no harder on the truck than having wheels with the same offset on the front wheel, which is to say, they don't have any appreciable affect.

    The key to having a good experience with spacers is proper installation and checking on them every tire rotation. Use the correct torque settings and use loc-tite to make sure they're on there tight. When you rotate your tires or take them to a shop to do so, make sure they're tightening the last bit with a torque wrench and not just pounding them in with an impact gun (see also why I always use Discount Tire).

    I run a set of well-rated knock-off spacers that push the wheel out 1.25" / 32mm. I now have 40k miles on them through 2 sets of tires and rotations every 5k miles with no issues. I offroad a fair bit, tow a lot, and my truck is really heavy (see the build thread in my signature), and they've worked great the whole time. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D755775 is the spacers I run, and I use the recommended extended lug nuts there as well.
     
  8. Aug 17, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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    Dude, send.
     
  9. Aug 17, 2020 at 6:55 PM
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    This is a good post, except I’ll disagree on one point. The locktite. Don’t quote me on this as it’s been a while but I think even Bora days don’t use it.

    Plus think about it. You don’t locktite your wheels and you can’t really re-torque something with locktite.
     
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  10. Aug 17, 2020 at 7:10 PM
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    4B4F6FAA-D137-4F10-8E34-798832564F54.jpg 1.25” spidertrax no issues. Definitely makes it look way better IMO
     
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    I used the blue tube, the red stuff is more permanent. :thumbsup:
     
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    That's a nice stance!
     
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    Good to hear actually! I am definitely going to grab a set of either Spidertrax or Bora, depends who ships to Canada lol
     
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  14. Aug 17, 2020 at 10:49 PM
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    40k, 2 sets of tires and still no issues? I'll take that for sure.
     
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  15. Aug 17, 2020 at 11:00 PM
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    I’m using the same spacers also! No problems! As long as you torque everything in correct sequence you should be good. I used the blue loctite to mount the spacers also. Bought the extended lug nuts but didn’t have to use it though.
     
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  16. Aug 17, 2020 at 11:32 PM
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    I had 1.25inch on my stock wheels with 265/75/16 Falkens, before getting methods.
    It sat a little bit further out And did fling out rocks and mud like the other comment stated.
    Not the best photos for a close up but for reference
    1A09835F-6B2F-4CA9-8951-0BD9E3DA141A.jpg B6EACCE9-3633-4D55-8E4B-187C8B318EFD.jpg
     
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    That's a beauty. My truck came with the 3M film guard on the bottom 6 inches of the truck ( not sure if they all do? ) but should help. I like the way your truck looks. Same colour as mine, that has a nice aggressive stance.
     
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    I’m pretty sure mine has it too. I was looking at it the other day when I washed it. Does it have a different texture compared to the rest of the truck? Thanks man. Post a picture of your truck
     
  19. Aug 18, 2020 at 12:12 AM
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    I’ve had spacers on 500awhp WRX, 400hp brz, Datsun 510, first gen 4runner with 35’s, and my Tacoma with varying widths for around 20k. Current setup the rear is a 2” front is 1”. I haven’t had a single issue with spacers on any vehicle I’ve ever had.
     
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  20. Aug 18, 2020 at 12:27 AM
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    Yeah when it's dirty you notice it a lot more, almost looked like a big scratch. Texture is different a little bumpy, hard to describe.
     

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