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Old 08-03-2017, 10:21 AM
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I am running 305-65-18 BFG KO's on Tundra 18's on my 1999 Land Cruiser. These measure out to a real world 33.5 x 12.50" tire...

I am installing a OME 2.5" lift kit with some 864's out back, while I am in there I thought about adding some spacers to the front (and rear if needed).

I understand that the wider the spacer the more torque applied to the entire un-sprung assembly putting more leverage on the entire front end components. My question is what is acceptable before creating problems?

I am mainly worried about:
Going too wide and crunching my fender lips... I do wheel this truck.
Going too wide and prematurely wearing out/compromising components.
Vibrations or wobbles at speed. (likely going with Bora)

I want to go as wide as I can for aesthetics without being hosed by the above concerns. Is 1.5" too much?

Any pics would be helpful as well. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:04 AM
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I'm not sure about 1.5" but lots and lots of people run the 1.25" Slee or Spidertrax spacers with great results and wheel that way. They are still on my build list but I know a few guys in the club are running this way. Given the IFS front, the higher you go the narrower the front track becomes and people sight better stability with the spacers as a result. Component wear does not seem to be a huge issue for spacers on these from what I've read.

Is the offset of the Tundra wheels your running the same as the offset of the stockers?
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Old 08-03-2017, 01:18 PM
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I run the Spidertrax 1.25" spacers and have had zero issues. The only concern is that if you break the front diff and have these spacers, you cannot get into 2wd without removing the front wheels and the spacers. Not a huge deal but if you break, chances are that it will be in a less-than ideal spot for removing the wheels.

Happy to post pics for aesthetics, but I've always run function over looks so my tire sizes may not be what you're looking for.

275/70/18 without spacers
295/70/18 with and without
285/75/18 with spacers
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Old 08-03-2017, 01:28 PM
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295/70/18 with spacers

_MG_0687 by Stan Wright, on Flickr


295/70/18 without spacers

DSC_1065 by Stan Wright, on Flickr

285/75/18 with spacers (body lift required)

D71_2877 by Stan Wright, on Flickr

_D710432 by Stan Wright, on Flickr


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Old 08-03-2017, 01:47 PM
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One more...... not a very good setup, but back in 2012 I was just learning what worked and what didn't.

295/70/18 no spacers and no body lift. Not ideal if you're going to wheel. It's a 100 series after all...... how much wheeling can you even do with a station wagon.....

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One other thing to make sure you carry if you go that route is a thin wall socket to fit whatever sized bolts are holding them on. I run the Spidertrax and when I broke my front on the Hole in the Rock trail, we got lucky Andy happened to have one that fit. I had never really thought about it and traditional sockets are too big on the outside diameter if you have to remove them.
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Thanks guys, Stan I appreciate the post and pics. In your opinion do you think 1.5" spacers will rub?
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I ordered up set of 1.5" spacers. I have till Monday to change the thickness if I need to drop back to 1.25" to clear the fenders. I'm not opposed to hammering the fender a bit either but would prefer not too.

I've also considered going 1.5" up front and 1.25" in the rear to compensate for the "pinch" when you lift the ifs. Any thoughts?
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