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These spacers are 1.5"/38mm tall and provide about that much front
suspension lift over stock suspension settings as well as that much
more overall front suspension travel. Actual front lift height will
depend upon the vehicle's weight distribution and current torsion bar
condition and adjustment which may be 1.5" more or less than the
spacer height. Whether or not you prefer enhanced compression travel
for high speed trips through desert washes or a balance between
compression and extension travel more suited for rocky trails, these
spacers will increase your functionality and ability to custom tailor
your suspension characteristics while increasing clearance between the
fenders and front wheels. If 1.5" is too tall for your needs,
shorter spacers are available on special order. An installed 4WD spacer
is shown on the far right hand image, above.
Also available for the 2WD Toyota pickups as shown in the lower right
hand image above. In the 2WD suspension, the torsion bar is mounted to
the lower control arm, not the upper control arm like in the 4WD
suspension. So the 2WD spacers will typically require some torsion bar
adjustment to attain a similar lift to the 4WD spacers. But the
advantage that the spacers provide over just
cranking up the torsion bars is that they provide the
additional bump stop clearance so even with the torsion bars set
higher, you still get full suspension travel.
When combined with a mild rear suspension lift, either a lift shackle or block
or coil spring spacer, and
possibly a mild body lift, it is
easy and relatively inexpensive to fit 33" tires under an IFS
truck. While a full 4" - 6" IFS spacer lift can be installed
and will work fine for 33" tires, for less than 1/2 the price and
less than half the time and effort, you can install a milder lift that
will actually work better than the taller lift. In fitting with the
4Crawler Offroad motto of "lift as much as you need, but as
little as possible", why use a 4" - 6" lift when
1.5"-2.5" will work just as well, if not better? With less
lift, your center of gravity will be lower, drive line angles will be
less, brake lines will usually not need to be extended, and overall
there will be less stress on the components.
And if you want all the details, feel free to consult this
web page for a detailed discussion of the Toyota IFS front suspension
So apparently the saying "Imitation is the sincerest form of
flattery" applies here as well! In fact we have noticed
that some of the online auction sellers of Toyota Ball Joint Spacer
kits are selling almost exact duplicates of our product and we
even know now that they ordered one of our kits and copied it. We say
"almost exact duplicates" because they missed one
minor, but crucial aspect of the our design in their copy. We mention
that difference in the installation instructions, but in order to not
make it easy for the competition to find that aspect of the design,
we'll not describe it here. But it sure makes it easy to offer low
prices when your R&D budget is negligible - as in you steal all
your new designs. Oh, and to top it off, they even our plagiarized our
installation instructions, nearly verbatim, even down to the
punctuation. If these guys were writing these instructions for a
college paper, their professor would likely fail them for cheating. Not
only that, but as we describe below, these vendors
are advertising 2.5" or 3" "lift" spacers, and yet,
when you measure their spacers, they are only 1.5" tall. As Clara Peller was so
fond of saying, Where's the Beef?" And not only are the spacers
not the full advertised height, but we have found that the cast
aluminum spacers are also lighter than the billet aluminum used in our
spacers. Our CNC machined billet
aluminum spacers weigh in at 16 oz. (454 g.) each and a
popular cast aluminum spacer off of eBay weighs about 14.1 oz. (400 g).
So either those spacers are made of some super light alloy or they have
voids in them. Since 6061 aluminum alloy is the most common and lowest
cost aluminum alloy and to get lighter you need to add something like
magnesium which is twice the cost of aluminum, it is unlikely that
these low cost cast spacers are made of some high-tech super light
alloy, so in all likelihood they are a porous casting, since air costs
nothing and adds no weight. Judging
by the rough surface finish of those cast spacers, it is not hard
to believe they are full of voids, in the linked image, the cast spacer
is on the left next to our CNC billet spacer on the right. Note that
our spacers are now put through a tumbled finish to even out the
appeareace of the non-machined mill finish top and bottom compared to
the fully machined inner and outer faces. But if you look closely, you
can still see the fine machining marks. Also, we have heard reports of
purchasers of such spacers also finding issues with substandard grade
hardware. In fact, we have supplied our replacement
hardware for many customers who have experienced failure with these
cast spacer kits.
NOTE: These spacers WILL NOT FIT:
In short, you'll want to look at the type of front suspension/ball
joint is used on your vehicle (see the above two photos for the two
types of front torsion bar suspensions that Toyota used). If you have a
4WD truck, the answer is simple, you need the 4WD
However, if you have a 2WD truck, then the answer is a little more
involved. The 4WD spacers also work with 2WD trucks with "pre-runner"
type suspensions. A pre-runner suspension is essentially
the same as a 4WD suspension with the front drive train (differential
and CV axles/half shafts) removed. This would include of the 2WD
4Runner and some T-100 models. Typically also fit the 1996 and later
Toyota Hilux 4WD pickup models (non-US) that use the same torsion bar
front suspension with matching ball joints (check dimensions below to
verify proper bolt hole spacing).
The 2WD spacers are available for the earlier 2WD
pickups and some 2WD T-100s (i.e. pre-Tacoma).
Which type to order? Compare the photos above with your truck's upper
ball joint to find which type matches the shape of your vehicle's upper
And the ball joint spacers of of course not applicable if your vehicle
has had a "solid axle swap" (or SAS) where the front IFS
suspension has been removed and a leaf or coil sprung solid front axle
has been added on.
And now available for the 2WD applications is a heavy duty brace for
the upper A-arm. Larger tires and off-road use puts stress on the upper
control arms. This can cause the outer end of the control arms to
fatigue. These braces strengthen that area eliminating the problem.
They are made from 1/4" thick steel and powder coated to prevent
corrosion. These are strongly recommended for any 2wd truck that sees
off-road use or will be running wheels/tires significantly larger than
stock. The A-arm brace can be used with the stock A-arms or with the
addition of the ball joint spacers.
For the custom height spacers (i.e for heights less than 1.5"),
cost is $99.00/pr. (4WD or 2WD) to cover the custom machining and
hardware. Allow 1-2 weeks for custom machining. Spacers will include
longer hardware (h/w) for the height of the spacer (the Normal
h/w option (i.e. height of spacer equals length of hardware).
Or if requested, we can supply extra long hardware to accommodate an
existing ball joint spacer. So for example, if you already have
1.5" ball joint spacers and wish to add another 0.5" spacer
on top of that, order that height spacer and select the Extra
Long h/w option when ordering (i.e. 0.5" spacer and
hardware that is 1.50" longer than normally would be used with the
0.5" spacer) to let us know what height spacer you are currently
running in the Note to Seller
. We can't guarantee these stacked spacers will work on any given
vehicle, as noted here, but you are welcome to try,
we have had some customers who have had good success with this. Note
that this Extra Long hardware option is only available for 0.5"
and 0.75" tall spacers. The custom height spacer height
will be within approx. 1/16" of the specified height.
here to request additional information...
Extra Long + 1.50in.
Extra Long + 1.25in.
Extra Long + 1.00in.
Extra Long + 0.75in.
Extra Long + 0.50in.
[Last updated: 11.September.2019]