Dangers of Strut spacers

Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby VMN on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 4:52 +0000

enis.ibrahim wrote:Thankyou everyone for the advice.

I have sent an email to cancel strut spacers.

I figured , since i payed so much for the convenience of having height adjustable coil overs ,i might aswell make the most of them.

I will call around tommorow, I live near melbourne airport, there is a few good 4x4 shops around i will ask if they have the spring compressor and see if i can get it done.

Cheers Dennis


I'm glad you did not take the advice to buy your own spring compressors. I saw a photo once of some in use on a Hilux spring and they were so badly bent under tension, that I threw my unused Supercheap compressors in the bin! Not safe for a Hilux spring. You need ones that bolt to the wall.

With the spring under tension, the thread binds and you risk stripping the thread on the coilover IF you have the strength to turn the nut on the shock body.
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Cameron12 on Wed, 23 Aug 2017 4:08 +0000

I wanted to slightly raise the front of my ute to level the rake of the vehicle and after a few months of reading mixed reviews, i finally went in to my local ARB/4x4 store and asked their opinion of strut spacers.

By chance they had a ute in the shop that had a broken strut due to spacers. So the answer is pretty simple, don't get strut spacers. For under $1000 i can get a pair of new OME coil overs that'll raise the front around 35mm and that seams like a no brainer.
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby TOYZX on Wed, 23 Aug 2017 4:14 +0000

Good choice! We have one of my wrecked struts in our showroom on display, is an eye opener for a stack of people!

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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby VMN on Wed, 23 Aug 2017 4:41 +0000

Cameron12 wrote: i finally went in to my local ARB/4x4 store and asked their opinion of strut spacers.


Cameron, I'm glad you can back up the original post. Of course I'd much rather people ask VMN :) After all, we are the Hilux specialist.

Its hard to believe that I started this thread over 7 years ago and there are still disbelievers!

There are plenty of better options available on the VMN store, just follow the link in my signature below!
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Cameron12 on Thu, 24 Aug 2017 3:10 +0000

VMN wrote:Its hard to believe that I started this thread over 7 years ago and there are still disbelievers!

There are plenty of better options available on the VMN store, just follow the link in my signature below!


Yeah i was hoping a one page thread with big capitals "don't buy strut spacers" with heaps of support below it.

Unfortunately I'm in NZ so i don't have a huge amount of options and AU stores make it harder to get parts over the ditch.
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby VMN on Thu, 24 Aug 2017 4:16 +0000

Cameron12 wrote:Unfortunately I'm in NZ so i don't have a huge amount of options and AU stores make it harder to get parts over the ditch.


Cameron, there are some AU stores that welcome customers that don't live in AU. VMN has customers all of the world including NZ. Last week we sent a roof console to Sweden and today I'm sending an order to Indonesia. Full integration with my DHL account and the store is shceduled to be completed by November.

And the good thing is; all we sell is Hilux N70 and N80 parts! So if there is something in particular you are looking for, send us a message via this link https://www.vehiclemods.net.au/contact-us
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby NZMarkb on Thu, 24 Aug 2017 4:28 +0000

Cameron12 wrote:
VMN wrote:Its hard to believe that I started this thread over 7 years ago and there are still disbelievers!

There are plenty of better options available on the VMN store, just follow the link in my signature below!


Yeah i was hoping a one page thread with big capitals "don't buy strut spacers" with heaps of support below it.

Unfortunately I'm in NZ so i don't have a huge amount of options and AU stores make it harder to get parts over the ditch.

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I'm in Auckland and I got a set of springs over Christmas in 3 days
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby jas6395 on Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:50 +0000

So what is the final verdict if I want to lift the front of my sr5 1 inch? There are so many conflicting answers.
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby VMN on Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:12 +0000

jas6395 wrote:So what is the final verdict if I want to lift the front of my sr5 1 inch? There are so many conflicting answers.


What height are you running now? Its hard to advise without knowing how high you are now.
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby jas6395 on Sun, 11 Nov 2018 7:47 +0000

It’s bog stock, 2008 dual cab diesel with an alloy bull bar.
Do you need measurements?
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby VMN on Sun, 11 Nov 2018 8:18 +0000

jas6395 wrote:It’s bog stock, 2008 dual cab diesel with an alloy bull bar.
Do you need measurements?


Really, your shocks and springs will be stuffed so not really worth spending money on, so a better solution would be to replace the front struts with a 2" set. We do ZipPay if it helps. Send me a PM if you want to explore this option.
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Caleebra on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 7:15 +0000

Sorry for pulling this old thread back up.
I have a full OME setup on my 2010 Hilux D cab, but the front is sitting much lower in the front then what i like it to be. How much will a 6mm strut spacer help? Just want it to be more leveled out then what it is now. Cheers if anyone replies me :)
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby TOYZX on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 7:44 +0000

That much will be fine as long as you space up your bump stops as well.

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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Cameron12 on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 1:45 +0000

Old threads are better than starting new ones.

My ARB dealer offered a very small spacer to help compensate for the sag of springs after they settled.
But that’s for very small differences in height.
If the height difference is noticeable, it’s probably the that fact that hilux come with a nose down rake from factory and you probably put a 2” lift in the front and 3”lift in the back. So you’re better off raising the front further without a spacer?

But then I could be talk out my a*rse.

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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Caleebra on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 3:12 +0000

Thanks for replying guys!
Well, the OME lift i have is a 2", thats for sure.
Im not sure how big the spacers should be, but either 6mm or 10-12mm should be good maybe?

Here are some pics, before and after.
Front lift installed
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Rear leafs and shackle
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Here she is today(on 31"s)
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby TOYZX on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 4:34 +0000

OME have coil spacers that are a collar that goes around the shock under the lower spring seat. Generally speaking OME call it a 2in lift buy I think the book says 40mm. If it has sagged a fair bit you could try and get warranty replacements but if it's sagged cos you've added weight then try their coil spacers first. I already have two 5mm coil spacers in each of mine, it helped a little.

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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Caleebra on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 5:44 +0000

TOYZX wrote:OME have coil spacers that are a collar that goes around the shock under the lower spring seat. Generally speaking OME call it a 2in lift buy I think the book says 40mm. If it has sagged a fair bit you could try and get warranty replacements but if it's sagged cos you've added weight then try their coil spacers first. I already have two 5mm coil spacers in each of mine, it helped a little.


Thanks Luke,
Trying to find what you are describing, i'm finding POLY URETHANE PACKER, looks like they are installed on top the spring, not on top of the coil. And then i find SPRING SEAT PACKER, but with no picture how it is installed...
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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby TOYZX on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 5:48 +0000

Yeah spring seat packer is rite. I can take a pic in the morning if ya want man.

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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Caleebra on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 7:06 +0000

TOYZX wrote:Yeah spring seat packer is rite. I can take a pic in the morning if ya want man.

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Re: Dangers of Strut spacers

Postby Caleebra on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 7:13 +0000

Btw, here are the parts i found
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Its says REAR, but i found for the fronts also.

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