Installing Wheel Spacers for Toyota 4x4 Solid Front Axle. The pros and cons of using wheel spacers.
How to install wheel spacers on a Toyota 4x4. My thoughts on using wheel spacers, some of the pros and cons of using wheel spacers, and some of the tricks I've learned in dealing with wheel spacers over the years.
Generally, I'm a fan of wheel spacers. The biggest thing is just to realize that you've deviated from the factory tolerances and that parts (like wheel bearings) are going to wear faster from strain that falls outside the design parameters. but, if you're running tires big enough to need wheel spacers, you probably know that already.
I say it in the video, but I can't say it enough: Check those nuts that hold the spacer on often. Wheeling rigs have a freakish ability to loosen everything attached to them.
How to Remove & Replace a Toyota 4x4 Manual Locking Hub
How to remove and replace a Toyota Manual Locking hub. This video shows
how I pull the manual locking hub off a Toyota 4x4 truck. The video shows
my technique for dealing with the cone washers that can be quite stubborn
sometimes. Toyota used the exact same hubs from 1979 - 1985 trucks ( Hilux
) and 4Runners with only minor changes from 1986 - present.
ECS Tuning: How To Measure For ECS Tuning Wheel Spacers
Spacers Available At: http://www.ecstuning.com/?utm_source=Youtube
Spacers for your racer. ECS Tuning lets you tweak your stance--or swagger
down the road with a 20mm monster offset. Available in 5x100, 5x112, and
5x120 bolt patterns.
Choose from our huge inventory of hub centric spacers in thicknesses sure
to match your car, your wheels, and your shopping budget.
All spacers are corrosion protected: 2,3, and 4mm spacers are zinc
plated steel; thicker spacers, in sizes ranging from 5 to 20mm, are
anodized aluminum. Buy them alone or with matching lug bolts.
How to Install Wheel Spacers and Wheel Adapters (Chevy C1500)
In this video I show you how to install high quality wheel spacers and
wheel adapters and things you should consider. They're pretty straight
forward; if you can install a wheel you can install a wheel spacer and a
Wheel Spacers and Adapters: http://www.motorsport-tech.com
Wheel widening modification: http://www.greensautomotive.com
4Runner SAS Build-Up
Some pictures of my sas and buildup with a few poser shots at the end.
1990 Toyota 4Runner-22RE-5 speed-TG 3" front/4" rear-35" BFG
M/T-4.88's-rear LSD-front TruTrac-MC Rear Bumper-TG DOM Sliders-TG
Parts were from either Marlin Crawler or Trail Gear
How to Remove a Birfield Joint (The fast way) aka The Camo Method Toyota 4x4 Solid Axle
This is the fastest way to access a Birfield joint. This method removes
the knuckle as an entire assembly from the Toyota soild or live axle
(1979-1985 U.S. trucks). Because the knuckle can be removed an an entire
unit you don't lose any of your wheel bearing pre-load. This method works
great on the trail if you break a birfield and need to replace it.
If you're looking for bomb-proof replacement birfields, this is the only
place to go:
Bobby Long's "Longfield Super Axles"
The "Camo Method" is named after a moderator on Pirate 4x4. I don't know
if he actually came up with it, but we've always called it the "Camo
Warn Industries and Pirate 4x4 TV: Wheeling in Tillamook State Forest
Here's the spot from Pirate 4x4 TV where Jessi Combs and Lance Clifford
(from Pirate 4x4) hit the trails with WARN in Tillamook State Forest. We
slipped and slid through the Oregon mud, got to do some winching, and put a
few vehicles through their paces. Thanks to the entire Pirate 4x4 TV crew
for the outstanding footage! Be sure to vsiti both http://www.Pirate4x4.com
Toyota 4x4 brake modification makes broken Birfield access much quicker! Quick release caliper.
Toyota for some reason made the mount for the brake caliper hardline a
trapped unit. Because of the way it was designed you have to disconnect
the brake line if you want to remove the caliper from the steering knuckle,
or if you want to remove the knuckle from the axle.
Even under shop conditions I hate bleeding brakes, so imagine how much fun
it is if you would have to open the brake lines out on the trail (like when
you're fixing a blown Birfield joint.) Spilling brake fluid on the ground
out in the woods is not cool either. This mod allows you to remove the
caliper while the brake hard line and flexible line are still attached. If
you don't have to open the system, you don't have to bleed after you put it
This mod alos comes in super handy in the shop. As you can eliminate the
brake bleeding step in any job that requires that you remove the caliper
(Wheel bearing adjustment, rotor replacement, steering knuckle removal,
etc.) If you don't have to bleed the brakes you just saved yourself a
bunch of time. If you've had to disconnect the brake hard line at the
caliper, his trick also makes getting that tiny brake hard line fitting
that mounts under the bracket started into the soft line fitting threads a
This is the first mod that I do to any Solid Front Axle (SFA) Toyota that
wanders into my life. It's such an easy mod I'm just dumbfounded that
Toyota didn't make the brackets like this from the get-go. Maybe it was a
planned move to increase the service time...increased service time = more
money in the service department's pocket...
Rebuilding Axle Shafts On Toyota 7.5 Inch Rear End
This is what I went through in rebuilding the axle shafts on my 89 Toyota
Pickup's axle shafts. It's a 7.5 inch axle. I had to replace the
differential carrier (which I don't cover rebuilding) and decided to do the
bearings while I was there, since they had 295K not-so-friendly miles on
The key to all this was borrowing my Dad's press, wouldn't have been able
to do this without it because of the fits. Simple heat and hammering wasn't
Make BOMBPROOF Toyota 4x4 steering stops for the soild front axle! SFA DIY How To
How to reinforce the stock steering stops on a Toyota Solid Front Axle
(SFA) so that you never have to worry about them again. This is a super
cheap and effective trick that permanently solves a problem. If your
steering stops fail or collapse due to large tires and/or four-wheeling it
can lead to EXTREMELY expensive damage to your steering compents. This is
an easy way (if you can weld) to make sure the steering stops NEVER fail.
How to: Install Wheel Adapters (Adaptec Speedware)
Demonstrating the installation of Adaptec Speedware 5x112 to 5x114.3
Adapters on my car.
Full detailed review on these adapters here:
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Toyota Truck Axle
Procedure for the replacemant of a front axle in a 4wd 93 toyota truck
How to Rebuild your 4wd Toyota Front Axle Closed Knuckle Part 1
In Part 1 of this video series we show you how to disassemble the Toyota
front closed knuckle steering joint. These Toyota Knuckles are found on
many solid axle Toyota trucks as well as Land Cruisers. The one we are
working on is a 1993 FZJ 80 Land Cruiser. Find the knuckle rebuild kit and
the performance brakes at www.JonesysOffRoad.com. Special thanks to 360
performance rotors and NITRO Gear and Axle for supplying the parts. Thanks
How to Make Toyota 4x4 Extended length Brake Lines for lifts and long travel suspension.
Solid axle Toyota 4x4 trucks were sold in the U.S. between 1979 and 1985
before being replaced by the IFS (Independent Front Suspension) trucks
starting in 1986. Other parts of the world were still getting solid front
axles until the 1990's.
One of the big issues when you lift a truck or put a long travel suspension
on is that the front brake lines can become stretched beyond their
capabilities. You either need to relocate the mounting bracket for the
brake hose, or get a longer hose to avoid ripping your stock hose in half.
The offroad industry would like you to go out and buy a set of extended
length stainless steel brake lines, but there is a better (and cheaper) way
to fix this problem.
The front brake hose has two female ends on it. The hardline from the
master cylinder screws into one female end of the soft line, and the
hardline from the brake caliper screws into the other end. However, there
is another brake hose in the system at the rear of the truck. The rear
brake hose that goes to the rear axle has one female end and one MALE end.
If you simply get two more rear brake hoses you can run them in series with
the existing front brake hose and you get a double length hose. You can
also run two rear brake hoses together to get a double long rear brake
line. The NAPA Auto parts part number is UP 38256. A new brake hose runs
about $13.00 (USD). For comparison, a stainless steel extended brake line
set can run over $100.
If you're really a cheapskate, you can go to a junkyard and grab a couple
of rear brake hoses for even cheaper (however, for $13 for a new hose it's
probably worth it just to go down to the parts store and get new ones.)