Toyota Drive Shaft Spacers

4Crawler Offroad Products

Fits many Pickup, 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra, Landcruiser models

also may fit Mitsubishi Montero, Pajero, MityMax and Dodge D50 pickups.

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Introduction:

On the Toyota 4WD Pickup, 4Runner and Land Cruiser model, the front and rear drive shaft bolt to "companion" flanges on the transfer case with a mating flange on the drive shaft (Propeller Shaft in "Toyota-speak"). On the 2WD pickups, the drive shaft typically slides into a slip yoke output on the transmission and bolts to the rear differential with a flange. Up until now, the only way to make a drive shaft longer was to remove it and have a drive line shop cut the existing tubing off the drive shaft and weld on a new length of tubing. If you needed a significant change in length, this was not so bad to do. But often, you only needed to lengthen the shaft a small amount, from 3/4" to 1-1/2" for example. Since you had pay for a whole new length of drive shaft tubing (plus the labor to install it) and not just the additional inch or so of additional tubing, it could cost hundreds of dollars to have a shaft lengthened, even a short amount. On the other hand, shortening a shaft is typically less expensive, since you can simply separate one end from the shaft tubing, cut the remaining shaft down and re-weld the end back on.

What are some indications that your drive shaft is too short?

Ideally, you only want just a little more slip yoke compression travel than needed by the change in drive shaft length as the suspension fully compresses. How much is that? It is hard to give an exact answer, as every vehicle is different. Generally a rear drive shaft needs less slip yoke travel than a front drive shaft. A longer drive shaft generally needs less slip yoke travel than a shorter one. A drive shaft that is at a flatter angle will generally need less travel than one at a steeper angle.

How much spacer do I need?

So how do you determine how much slip yoke travel you need on your vehicle?

Generally having too much slip yoke compression travel is better than not enough. Whatever you do, you do not want the drive shaft to "bottom out", as that can cause severe damage to the transfer case, as it will take the brunt of the impact should the slip yoke compress fully. But if you have so much slip yoke pull apart that it separates or vibrates is no good either.

There is one situation where a drive shaft spacer may not be an option and that is where a short drive shaft is already running at an extreme angle and/or the joints are near their maximum operating angle. Since installing a spacer effectively shortens the distance between the ends of the shaft (that is how the spacer makes a too short shaft fit), it also will make the angles increase. Normally this is not a big issue on a longer shaft, but on a short shaft where you are already running at the maximum joint angles, the angle change of the spacer may be too much to accommodate. In this case physically lengthening the shaft is the better, albeit more expensive, option.

Until now there has only been one solution, that is to have the shaft physically lengthened at considerable expense. But now available for the Toyota 2WD and 4WD pickup, 4Runner, Tacoma and FJ-series Landcruiser models are some simple bolt-on spacers that fit many of the common drive shaft bolt patterns and typical applications listed below. The bolt pattern dimensions are illustrated in this sketch. The three dimensions you'll need to determine the bolt pattern are labeled "X", "Y", and "Z". X and Y represent the center-center spacing of the pattern on each side while Z is the size of the bolt that goes through the flange, typically 8mm, 10mm or 11mm. Note that the actual holes in the flange are typically slightly oversized, so if you measure 10.2mm hole diameter, that implies a 10mm bolt.

Drive shaft flange sketch

Toyota Companion Flange Dimensions:

Bolt Pattern/Metric Bolt Size Bolt Pattern/SAE
(approx.)
Typical Application
60mm x 60mm 8mm 2-23/64" x 2-23/64 1979-1983 U-Joint*
56mm x 64mm 8mm 2-13/64" x 2-33/64" 1979 - 1983 U-Joint**
56mm x 64mm 10mm 2-13/64" x 2-33/64" NEW: FJ-40 Landcruiser****
60mm x 60mm 10mm 2-23/64" x 2-23/64" 1984-1995 U-Joint
also FJ-80/LX-450 front
60mm x 68.5mm 10mm 2-23/64" x 2-23/64" 1984-1995 CV Joint/4cyl
61.5mm x 70mm 10mm 2-27/64" x 2-45/64" 1988-1995 CV Joint/V6
also: FJ-60
65mm x 65mm 10mm 2-9/16" x 2-9/16" 1995.5-200x Tacoma CV
1996-200x 4Runner CV
2005+ Tacoma 2WD pinion flange
Tundra 2WD pinion flange***
66mm x 66mm 11mm 2-19/32" x 2-19/32" FJ60 differential flange *****
Tacoma/Tundra
77mm x 77mm 11mm 3-1/32" x 3-1/32" Tundra *****

The spacers are machined from billet T-6061 aluminum and are 107.5mm or 127mm in diameter (does not need to match the outer diameter of the transfer case or pinion flange exactly) and include 4 - 8mm, 10 mm or 11mm metric grade 12.9 mounting bolts and class 10 lock nuts to replace the stock mounting bolts. These spacers may fit other Toyota drive shaft flanges and feature a male locating ring on one side (3mm high) and a corresponding female recess (4.5mm deep) on the back side (both approx. 46mm in diameter) to fit the corresponding ring and recess on the stock drive shaft and companion flanges. To check what drive shaft flange bolt hole spacing will work on your truck, measure the center-center bolt hole spacing and compare to the above dimensions and see if you match up with one of the above bolt hole patterns,

When measuring the bolt hole patterns, it might help to imagine a square (or rectangle) formed by the 4 bolt holes in the flange. The corners of the square (or rectangle) will fall upon the center of the bolt holes and it is the width (and length) of that square (or rectangle) that define the bolt hole pattern. For example, if you drew a 60mm x 60mm square then drilled a hole at each corner of that square, you would end up with a 60mm x 60mm bolt hole pattern. This is contrasted to a Bolt Circle Diameter (BCD) measurement which is commonly used on measuring wheel stud locations. For example, a Toyota 6-lug wheel BCD is 6 on 5.5", meaning 6 holes equally spaced around a 5.5" diameter circle. The problem with BCD is that it assumes the bolt holes are equally spaced and while it would work with the square bolt patterns, it does not work for the rectangular patterns as you can't specify where the bolt holes are located along the bolt circle.

Notes:

What makes the 4Crawler Offroad spacers different?

So, what makes these spacers different? Well, we were one of the first companies offering a Toyota-specific drive shaft spacer. In designing our spacers, we studied the market and picked the most popular set of drive shaft flange bolt patterns to support. As such, we offer the widest variety of patterns and spacer sizes available on the market. We also offer blank, un-drilled spacers for those cases where you may have a unique pattern or application. And over the years, we have increased our product offering by adding the newer 65mm x 65mm pattern as well as the older 56mm x 64mm pattern to support those applications as well.

Also, we only use real metric bolts, unlike some of the other spacers out there, which use undersized SAE hardware. Also, we use grade 12.9 hardware, meeting or exceeding the specs. of the factory grade 11 hardware. And also, we list the exact bolt patterns of each of the spacers, so you can check which one meets your needs before you order. Since there is such a wide range of bolt patterns that have been used over the years on a wide variety of vehicles, it is hard to list a spacer that fits any given year/model vehicle. Also, with the popularity and ease of swapping parts from one vehicle to another, you may have a 'XX 4Runner with a transfer case from a 'YY pickup and a drive shaft from a 'ZZ Tacoma, and deciding what "year" your vehicle is for purposes of selecting a spacer for is pointless.

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On-Line Ordering:

Order a drive shaft spacer below:

In-stock spacers (as listed below), typically ship within 24 hours via USPS Priority Mail, typical delivery time as noted:

Want the spacers shipped faster?

Express Delivery upgrade; US$15.00 for US shipments Express Delivery upgrade; US$27.00 for international shipments

8mm hardware options:

Add 8mm nut/bolt upgrade to spacer order Add 8mm hardware+sleeves to existing spacer order

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Triple-drilled spacers:

The triple-drilled spacers provide 3 popular flange bolt hole patterns in a single spacer. This is an advantage in that many vehicles that use any of these 3 bolt hole patterns often use one or more of the other patterns as well. We have had customers who intended to install a spacer on one drive shaft flange but for one reason or another, had to move the spacer to another flange with a different pattern. By having multiple patterns in one spacer, you can usually make that swap without having to exchange one pattern spacer for another. And to be clear, this spacer will fit any one of the 3 patterns listed above at one time. One pattern is drilled at a 0 degree offset. The second pattern is rotated approximately 30 degrees from the first pattern and likewise, the third pattern is offset approximately 60 degrees.

0.75" Driveshaft Spacer 1.00" Driveshaft Spacer 1.25" Driveshaft Spacer 1.50" Driveshaft Spacer
0.75" Spacer 1.00" Spacer 1.25" Spacer 1.50" Spacer


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65mmx65mm drilled spacers:

Also fits 60mm x 60mm bolt pattern via elongated holes.

0.75" Driveshaft Spacer 1.00" Driveshaft Spacer 1.25" Driveshaft Spacer 1.50" Driveshaft Spacer
0.75" Spacer/65mm; US$65.00 1.00" Spacer/65mm; US$68.00 1.25" Spacer/65mm; US$71.00 1.50" Spacer/65mm; US$74.00


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International Delivery
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International Delivery
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International Delivery
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56mmx64mm drilled spacers:

0.75" Driveshaft Spacer 1.00" Driveshaft Spacer 1.25" Driveshaft Spacer 1.50" Driveshaft Spacer
0.75" Spacer/56mm x 64mm; US$65.00 1.00" Spacer/56mm x 64mm; US$68.00 1.25" Spacer/56mm x 64mm; US$71.00 1.50" Spacer/56mm x 64mm; US$74.00


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International Delivery
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International Delivery
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International Delivery
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Un-drilled 4.25" dia. spacers:

These spacers are the perfect solution for a custom application, you can drill them to match your driveshaft flange. Also as another option, you can use these spacers to make a bolt pattern conversion by drilling and tapping bolt holes in one side for one pattern and then offsetting and drilling/tapping a 2nd set of holes for a 2nd bolt pattern on the opposite side. You could also install threaded studs in place of bolts if that suits your application.

Un-drilled spacers will come with 10mm metric hardware unless otherwise specified.

0.75" Driveshaft Spacer 1.00" Driveshaft Spacer 1.25" Driveshaft Spacer 1.50" Driveshaft Spacer
0.75" Spacer/un-drilled; US$65.00 1.00" Spacer/un-drilled; US$68.00 1.25" Spacer/un-drilled; US$71.00 1.50" Spacer/un-drilled; US$74.00


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International Delivery
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International Delivery
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International Delivery
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International Delivery
- not insured

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11mm bolt - 66mm x 66mm and 77mm x 77mm spacers:

These spacers are larger in diameter to fit the larger bolt patterns (i.e. 2 sets of holes 66mm x 66mm and 77mm x 77mm)and also have the larger 11mm holes and hardware.