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 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
Toyota Tacoma Lift Kit Install and Off-Roading
2005-2014 Toyota Tacoma Zone Off Road Spacer Install Video and Wheeling
See the kit, instructions and more at
Featured Vehicle: 2009 Toyota Tacoma 4wd
Lift Kit: Zone 2.5'' front spacer, 2'' rear block kit
Wheels/Tires: 33x12.50x17 MTZs on 17x9 DC-2s (will rub without trimming)
Recommended Wheels/Tires: 265/75r16 on stock or 285/75r16 on 16x8 w/ 5'' BS
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
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
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 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
Purchase the knuckle rebuild kit at www.duiser.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...
How to Install Wheel Spacers and Wheel Adapters (Chevy C1500)
*Always torque wheel adapters and or spacers and all lug nuts to spec using
a properly calibrated torque wrench*
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
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