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Your opinions on spacers.

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks' started by MC94XR7, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. MC94XR7

    MC94XR7 Senior Member
    from GTA
    Messages: 148

    I won't be doing any of my own suspension work because I hate compressing springs. I see lots of people are running bilstiens. what are your opinions on running a spacer between the stock strut and the strut tower? What is also less time consuming? how well will spacers work compared to new bilstien 5100s?
     
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,523

    Another question asked in sarcasm.
     
  3. MC94XR7

    MC94XR7 Senior Member
    from GTA
    Messages: 148

    No sir. If it was, I would have put the popcorn eating guy. I take it that this may be a sensitive topic too?:(
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,966

    Not a sensitive topic, but who it's coming from. Why should anyone take you seriously now?
     
  5. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    I have spacers on top of my 2500 springs on a 1500 Dodge, No problems.
     
  6. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    What'd I miss?
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,966

    Thread got deleted.....He was "trying" to be funny. But hit a spot with a few pple.
     
  8. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Mannnnnnn, pm me the details
     
  9. rancherman84

    rancherman84 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    i run 3 inch spacers on top of the stok springs on this 2011 tundra,i ran 2 inch spacers on my 2007 tundra,plowed with both had no problems
     
  10. MC94XR7

    MC94XR7 Senior Member
    from GTA
    Messages: 148

    Thanks guys. my main concern with spacers is I was wondering if the suspension will bottom out as far as spring travel running out of room. So that will raise the front. how does one raise the back?
     
  11. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,523

    FWIW, I have 2½ coil spacers on my F350 carrying a 11-4, 1000lbs vee plow, no problems.

    It has no effect on spring travel.
     
  12. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,253

  13. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,588

    Buddy of mine ran spacers on one truck for one snow on a 3/4 ton Chevy. They bent. They were the cheap ones.

    Not a Toyota I know, but just food for though. I would just get the Bilsteins. You can't go wrong with them.

    By the way, the Toyota page had me about crying I was laughing so hard. Wish I could have put my $.02 in, but I was a little late and she got locked up.
     
  14. MC94XR7

    MC94XR7 Senior Member
    from GTA
    Messages: 148

    Thanks fr the advice


    :laughing:oh man... that was bad. :dizzy: I saw the ads on the bottom of the page so I thought it was the absolute bottom. then when I took the guys advice to scroll down, I wanted to shoot myself lol
     
  15. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,588

    At least you came clean and admitted the source of the problem :laughing:
     
  16. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,253

    It's called Magoo syndrome
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8GTHXTEvIc
     
  17. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    There are potentially two kinds of spacers;
    1) goes between the spring and the end cap,
    2) goes between the end cap and the vehicle's frame.

    The #2 type is liable to cause the shock absorber to bottom out before the suspension. If that happens, you could break your shock. With a coil-over suspension, that means you'll be looking for a flatbed tow truck. When you're carrying a plow, you are MUCH more likely to bottom something out than under normal circumstances.

    The #1 type is much safer, but you still need to be aware of the range of the spring itself. Basically, you need to look at the length of the spring when it is *fully* compressed, and compare that to the length of the shock when it also is fully compressed. If they are equal, you cannot add a spacer. If the minimum spring length is shorter than the minimum shock absorber length, then you can add a spacer that is potentially *just less* than the difference.

    I would *strongly* suggest an adjustable 5100. They've already done the measurements for you, and being adjustable, you can set it to a slightly "higher" position, say in the winter when you'll be carrying a plow, and set it back to normal during warmer weather.
     
  18. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,253

    By dropping the suspension bump stops on vehicle there should be no problem with compressing a shock to the point it breaks.