Spidertrax Wheel Spacers 5th Gen 4runner
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers Overview for 5th Gen 4Runner
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers (1.25″) – Wider stance on 5th Gen 4Runner
If you are looking to push your wheels out a bit further, and widen your stance, the Spidertrax Wheel Spacers are a good option. There is a reason why these spacers are the go-to option. Spidertrax spacers are a quality-made product backed by a customer first company.
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They come in pairs of 2 (one box) and you need 4 (two boxes).
Whether you are going to install a leveling kit or a suspension system, spacers are something you should consider. After a lift, you start to push your lower control arms down, which pulls your wheels/ tires closer to the body. With spacers, you can push your wheels back out to keep a consistent look.
Once installed, these will give your truck a wider stance. It is also important to note that these might actually increase rubbing in your wheel well. Do your research full before committing to a purchase. Depending on the tire size you are running, and the specs on your wheel will depend on the amount of rubbing if any you will have after installing spacers.
In most cases, you will have rubbing after you install spacers. After you add new tires, you will need to go through the common trimming and cutting in your wheel wells. After you finish trimming everything and solve your rubbing issues, you may look at spacers. After spacers, your rubbing might start all over again.
Wider Wheels Vs. Taller Wheels
With a wider wheel, your rubbing is going to be more severe than a taller wheel. 295/70R17s are going to cause more rubbing than 285/70R17s because they are 0.55″ wider. Also, 33/12.5/17s are .9″ wider than the 295/70s, so these are very wide compared to the 285/70s. Wider means more contact and more rubbing, usually always. That means the tire will contact the fender liners, body or body mount sooner and deeper. Taller wheels like a 285/75R17 are still going to rub but in most cases, it will be less than a 295/70 tire but not always. Factors like make, model, suspension, coils, and UCAs also come into play. You can use the tire calculator to check tire size and then use your best judgment on the size you want to run vs. the amount of trimming you are willing to do.
How does this affect wheel spacers and rubbing?
The wider your wheel, the more rubbing you will have, in theory. Once you add another 1.25″ to the exterior of the well, you are pushing your entire wheel and tire further outside of the well. This will usually make contact with parts of your fenders sooner.
Again, this all depends on the size wheel and tire you have mounted. If you like the wider looking stance, you will make it work.
Hubcentric Spacers for 5th Gen 4Runner
These spacers are hub-centric. The size is 1.25″ and they have designed for our exact bolt pattern. After installation, you should have an additional 1.25″ of space between your brake rotors and wheel.
Alignment? You don’t need to get an alignment after installing. To each their own though. If you feel like it, go for it.
Reasons You Might Need Spacers
- Stance/Appearance: This may be one of the most popular reasons why people add pacers. By installing a set of these, it will push your wheels out of your wheel well to give your 4Runner a much more aggressive stance. This all comes down to personal preference. Some people like the pushed out wheel look and some don’t. I personally did not for the longest time, but it grew on me.
- Space/Clearance: By getting new aftermarket brake calipers, you may have to push your wheel away from the brake caliper. This all depends on what brand of brakes you get. Some require spacers but most do not.
- Offset/Correction: If you have a leveling kit or suspension lift, you may need wheel spacers. Because you are lifting your 4Runner, that will mean pulling your wheels closer to your wheel well, thus causing rubbing. This happens because your UCA (Upper Control Arm) and LCA (Lower Control Arm) are facing further downwards as opposed to outwards, bringing in your wheel and tire. Spacers might help by pushing your wheel and tire back out away from the wheel well. This all depends on application though. In most cases, wheel spacers will cause more rubbing than before.
- Rubbing: Some people might think that installing a set of spacers will help prevent rubbing. That is not necessarily the case. When you push your wheels/tires out more, that means they are going to be closer to the fender liners. To prevent rubbing on your inner wheel well liner, remove the inner liner screws, push the liner forward and re-screw your screws back in. This should fix any rubbing on the inner liner. There are also a few other areas that you can trim your wheel well if you are experiencing tire rubbing.
Cons of the Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
Some people are not fans of spacers simply because tire shops will not work on your truck. How can you solve this?
- Don’t buy spacers
- Get a wheel with a larger negative offset
- Buy long travel suspension
- Find a tire shop that will work on your 4R
Hub-Centric and Offset
If you are going to buy a set, make sure they are hub-centric to your vehicle, and yes, this brand is hub-centric. Hub-centric means that the load you are putting on your wheels is not on the studs, and your wheel stays perfectly center.
Buying a set of wheel spacers is similar to buying a set of wheels with a negative offset. The negative offset on a wheel determines how far the wheel sticks out from the hub. Have you ever seen those big F250s with tires that are pushed out a couple feet from the actual body? Those are usually -50 to -100 offset wheels. The Fuel wheels on our 4Runner have a -6 offset. This is about normal for a 4Runner unless you want a super “bro” look. Then you want a 6″ lift with -50 offset wheels.
Spidertrax Spacers Installation
We will be updating this post with shots and more details about the Installation and the full on-road review along with the off-road review once we have them on. We have an Icon stage 2 Suspension being installed this weekend. After that gets installed, we will then throw on the spacers.