Toyota MinutesMods on 4x4Wire

Toyota Minute Mod - Tacoma Rear Shock Spacing

Welcome to 4x4Wire! You, your 4x4, and Access... Short Cuts
More on 4x4Wire: 4x4 Tech | 4x4 Reviews | Destinations | 4x4 Access
More 4x4 Tech 4x4Wire: Jeep Tech | Jeep Projects | Jeep News | Jeep Reviews | Jeep Gallery
Toyota FAQ | Toyota Projects | Toyota Maintenance | Toyota 4Runner | Toyota Tech | Hot Toy | Insider
Mitsubishi on 4x4Wire | Mitsubishi Projects | Mitsubishi Reviews | Mitsubishi Tech
Intro | Isuzu News | Isuzu Tech | Isuzu Events | 4x4Wire Gallery

By: Mark Griese - 9/03

When lifting Toyota Tacomas, longer aftermarket rear shocks will be necessary to get additional rear wheel travel. A common complaint after adding these (bigger) shocks is that they hit the leaf springs under compression, when the tire stuffs into the fenderwell. This contact may cause a dent in the shock body which might lead to premature failure of the shock, and is more of a concern with the monotube Bilsteins vs. the twin tube Ranchos. I came up with the following hardware to space the shocks away from the leaf spring, while still retaining the factory mounts.

Items to purchase:
  • (4) M12-1.25x35mm bolts
  • (16) 3/4" Inside diameter(I.D.) Flat Washers
  • (4) p/n 8491A442 drill bushings (3/4"O.D.x1/2"I.D.x5/8"long)

The drill bushings can be ordered from the McMaster-Carr website or by phone. The longer bolts will have the same thread engagement as the stock ones when using the drill bushings as spacers. When you go to the hardware store, try to select washers in sets of 4 that will equal 5/8" thick (to equal the spacing provided by the bushings).

  • Remove a shock from the mounts.
  • Slide four washers onto both mounts.
  • Force drill bushing halfway into your rubber or urethane shock bushing, on the side that you will put the bolt in.
  • Remount the shock on the vehicle.
  • Thread in the new 35mm long bolt. Torque to factory specs (very snug with a ratchet will do).

The O.D. of the washers was so big I had to cut about 3/16" off of them to clear the Bilstein (F4-BE5-6253-HO) shocks on top, as shown in the picture. If you don't have the means to cut the washers or don't like the look, try finding some 3/4" I.D. steel spacers or aluminum ones (p/n 92510A847) from McMaster-Carr that could be hacksawed to the 5/8" length. Trimming the washers is not necessary with Rancho shocks. I used this setup on my 2001 Tacoma for over a year with the factory and aftermarket Deaver springs without contact. This mod withstood many hard wheeling trips without breakage or coming loose. Total is about $35. (The drill bushings are hardened so they cost a little more than you would expect).

Shock Spacing-Top Shock Spacing-Bottom

Contacts Related Links
  • McMaster-Carr
    P.O. Box 54960
    Los Angeles, CA 90054-0960
    (562) 692-5911

Trending on 4x4Wire TrailTalk Forums

New Topics on TrailTalk
New Member Introduction
by chadzeilenga. 04/25/18 09:48 PM
Starter motor are they serviceable ..
by 4runnernomore. 04/16/18 01:49 PM
Considering Part-Out...
by DRTDEVL. 04/06/18 02:04 PM
Tuning up 4D56T
by red1987raider. 04/02/18 12:41 AM
R&P Contact Pattern
by JeeperDan. 03/15/18 01:14 PM
87Monty will have a 4BT
by rxinhed. 05/01/16 12:11 AM
Recent Posts on TrailTalk
New Member Introduction
by rxinhed. 04/26/18 03:27 AM
Starter motor are they serviceable ..
by 4runnernomore. 04/22/18 11:01 AM
Considering Part-Out...
by rxinhed. 04/12/18 12:34 AM
suzi the psychic
by rascott. 04/11/18 08:44 AM
1999 Montero Sport Limited 3.5L crawler build
by ES_97Sport. 04/11/18 12:56 AM
4D56 into Mazda B2600i swap thread
by JeffatTireBalls. 04/08/18 02:57 PM
87Monty will have a 4BT
by JeffatTireBalls. 04/08/18 02:50 PM

OutdoorWire Websites



Portal page for OutdoorWire Access and Landuse Central Read More


California off road recreation news and information Read More
MUIRNet News

MUIRNet News

News and information about issues affecting outdoor recreation Read More


Off road recreation and 4x4 Technical news and information Read More


4x4Wire TrailTalk Forums for a variety of 4x4 tech information Read More

4x4Wire Tech Section

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep Tech from JeepWire - Mods, Maintenance, Tech and more... Read More
Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu Tech from 4x4Wire - Mods, Maintenance, Tech and more... Read More

4x4Wire Social:

| 4x4Wire on FaceBook | Google+4x4Wire on Google+|

OutdoorWire, 4x4Wire, JeepWire, TrailTalk, MUIRNet-News, and 4x4Voice are all trademarks and publications of OutdoorWire, Inc. and MUIRNet Consulting.
Copyright (c) 1999-2017 OutdoorWire, Inc and MUIRNet Consulting - All Rights Reserved, no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without express written permission
You may link freely to this site, but no further use is allowed without the express written permission of the owner of this material.
All corporate trademarks are the property of their respective owners.