Wheel spacers have become quite popular for those looking for that aggressive stance without having to mount a tire that is too wide. They are typically used to increase overall track width, restore turning radius, help tires clear suspension components, and improve looks. But, spacers can also be used to help fit certain wheels, like in our case when we installed later-model factory rims along with larger tires on a 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 that required wheels with more offset.
We called up Trail Sport to help us sort out the issue, and they recommended a 1.5-inch wheel spacer set for the rear to add 3 inches of track width, combined with a 1.25-inch set up front that would add 2.5 inches of track width and give the old Taco the tougher stance we were looking for. And, in our case, they also help to keep the front tires from potentially rubbing on the steering knuckle with extreme off-road use.
Trail Sport's wheel spacers are visually appealing parts made from ultra-strong 6061 billet aluminum, and the premium quality ensures years of strength and durability. Installation on the rear axle was easy as we had more than an inch of stud length (but not too long of studs, luckily) and could use their standard lug nuts to mount the spacers. We were also able to keep the front install simple, even though the wheel studs were shorter than an inch, since they recommended we use their long-reach lug nuts to mount the wheel spacers instead of installing longer studs.