Ball Joint Spacers

Ball Joint SpacerWith the current recession and job loss at record highs, people (me included) are looking for more and more ways to save some money. One of the new products on the market is a ball joint spacer. For under a hundred dollars it can get you 1.5 inches of lift.

After disconnecting the top ball joint on your IFS Toyota, the spacer goes between the upper ball-joint and the top A-arm. Since the upper a-arm is held in place (relatively speaking) by the torsion bar, the spacer will push the steering knuckle, and of course your tire, down the same amount as the ball joint spacer. Voila. Cheap lift.

The only down side to this sort of lift is that the CV angles are increased slightly, and so are the steering arm and tie-rod angles. Just be sure to keep a close eye on all the joints so that you can avoid any surprise failures.

If you're keen on making your own Toyota parts, check out this link. He has a rough blueprint of the balljoint spacers:

http://tkoffroad.com/where-it-all-began/ball-joint-spacers-for-your-ifs-runner

Here's 4crawler's page that explains it in more detail:

http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/ForSale/BallJointSpacer.shtml

 

Comments

1. johnrunner said: posted 2009-05-03 10:40:23
that's a great idea. anybody here made their own?