We have brought back our Aluminum Wheel Spacers!
UPDATE Spring 2019: We are now carrying 1.50" thick Forged 6061-T6 Aluminum Spacers that have a Black Anodized finish!
Wheel Spacers are great for multiple reasons:
- Tire to frame clearance
- Tire to leaf spring clearance
- Correcting for large wheel offset
- Matching track widths
- Improved sidehill stability
- Improved roll-over angle
These wheel spacers are a 6 lug x 5.5" Toyota pattern and are 1-1/2" thick. This is the most common wheel spacer thickness for Toyota trucks because it will transform a front 1979-1985 live axle to a width of 58-1/2 inches, which is the same width as a 1986-1995 Pickup/4Runner 4cyl or 6cyl rear axle.
Very easy to install. Simply remove wheel, bolt on wheel spacer with provided nuts, and reinstall wheel. Twelve 12x1.5mm metric studs are pre-installed and includes 12 matching lug nuts.
Sold as a pair.
Marlin Crawler Wheel Spacer Installation Notes
Wheel spacers are an inexpensive way to improve various characteristics of your vehicle, but it is important that proper care is used during installation to ensure long lasting performance!
Proper Wheel Spacer Installation in Four Simple Steps
- Place wheel spacer over your factory wheel studs.
- Torque our provided nuts to 80 lb-ft in a crisscross pattern.
- Install your wheel over the top of our wheel spacer and torque in a crisscross pattern according to Toyota's specifications:
- If you have steel wheels: 70-77 lb-ft
- If you have alloy wheels: 76-83 lb-ft
- After a week of driving or your first wheel'n trip, remove your wheel and re-check each wheel spacer nut torque.
Why this is important
The reason for this procedure is that our studs and nuts have a higher yield strength than the spacer's billet aluminum body, and a small percent of deformation is expected during normal heat cycling of your brake and spindle parts. For this same reason, aluminum and magnesium wheel manufactures recommend double checking lug nut torque 100 miles after installation.
The important take-a-way is that forces are carried out across the surface contact areas between the wheel, wheel spacer, and vehicle. If the lug nuts become lose for any reason, then forces will be carried through the shear strength of only the wheel studs -- which is far lower -- and will result in stud failure. Keep your lug nuts tight, not only at the wheel but also at the wheel spacer, and you'll enjoy our wheel spacers for many, many years to come!
What about thread lock?
In our opinion thread lock should not be used for both wheels or wheel spacers. Because new hardware has to "seat" into their wheels and wheel spacers, it is natural for lugnuts to become loose during their break-in period. For this reason, we double-check torque after one week from installation which could not be done if the nuts were lock-tighted.
In fact, Marlin recommends the opposite which is to use anti-seize. Similar to oiling cylinder head bolts, a low friction environment is necessary in order to get an accurate measurement of torque. An argument could be made to use thread lock after the wheel spacers are broken in, but what happens the next time your wheels are off and you'd like to double-check your wheel spacer nut torque? If thread lock is used then you cannot follow through with proper maintenance.
Finally, don't forget that even Toyota does not recommend lug nut thread lock!
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