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Old 02-22-2011, 12:04 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default How to Install Ichiba V2 Wheel Spacers

Courtesy of FavorableFlavor from g35driver.com

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Mine didn't come with any instructions, but these are pretty straight forward to install. I figured I would share some tips and tricks I learned along the way.

Tools you will need:
  • Lug Socket
  • Key Socket (if you still have the OEM lock lug)
  • Tire Iron (for removal)
  • Breaker Bar
  • Torque Wrench (ft/lbs)
  • Two Cold Beers

Estimated time:
30-60 minutes

1. Loosen lugs on tire, jack car up and remove tire.

The jack points are located on the pinch weld about a foot before the front tire, and a foot after the rear. You will see two sort-of notches in the pinch weld about an inch or two apart - this is the right spot. Try not to smash your pinch weld when jacking the car. If you don't have the floor jack adapter, you can rig one by cutting a slot half-way through something hard and using it as a spacer (like a hockey puck). My floor jack actually accommodated the pinch weld, so I didn't have to worry.

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2. Remove dummy bolt.

After wheel removal, on the front tire hubs only, you may see a small bolt that looks like it has no earthly business being there. I've highlighted it in the picture. Remove this and throw it into the nearest trashcan. It's a dummy-bolt (as in, hey, you dummy!) intended to keep you from mounting the rear wheels on the front. The spacers won't fit with this in the way, so remove it and sh*t-can it (pliers or small socket).

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3. Spacer on, tighten the included nuts to 80 ft/lbs.

Use a star pattern when tightening them. I've diagrammed a suggested route on the picture. I like to go over them once and snug them down by hand, then go back over in the same star pattern and torque them down to spec. This is so everything is tightened evenly. It is very important to torque to spec, you do not want these coming off a week later.

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At this point you're probably cursing, trying to figure out how to tighten nuts to 80lbs on a hub that is free spinning. If someone is home, have them push on the brake while you torque them down. No one was home in my case, so I did the following: I took a board/pole about 2 feet long and pushed the brake down, I then moved the seat forward and, using some towels to protect the leather, wedged the board between the brake and seat. Tada, ghetto-fabulous.

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4. Put the wheel back on.

Re-torque these lugs to spec, 80ft/lbs, using the same star-pattern metioned in step 3.

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Repeat for the other 3 tires and enjoy your more aggressive stance.

Some pictures for comparison:

Right side, 25mm spacers installed.

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Left side, NO SPACERS INSTALLED

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Additional notes:
  • Yes, I know my car is dirty at the time of these pictures.
  • It looks like it's sitting a little high in the installed pics, after i set it down and released the parking brake, the ride settled down to normal height.
  • It has been recommended to check torque after a few days of driving, after everything has settled.
  • I used 25mm all around. I have noticed no rubbing in the back so far. I also never carry rear-seat passengers either. The tires are Falken 452 245/35/19 in the front, 255/40/19 in the rear. I love em, highly recommend em.
  • On the rear tires you can use the parking brake to hold the hubs in place while you torque everything down.
  • I used some brake cleaner to clean the surface of the hub before putting the spacer on, just to be sure it was a nice clean fit.
  • Righty (clockwise) tighty, lefty (counter-clockwise) loosey.
  • DO NOT OVER-TORQUE. See picture below.
  • Our stock lug thread size is M12-1.25 in case you accidentally hulked it like me... :o

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i have my ichiba spacers waiting to be installed, but Im waiting til i installed the wilwoods to get them on.
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i have my ichiba spacers waiting to be installed, but Im waiting til i installed the wilwoods to get them on.
Make sure you torque them properly otherwise your wheels will be doing the Harlem Shake. lol
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Default Re: How to Install Ichiba V2 Wheel Spacers

thanks for the pics. I was wondering what 25mm spacers would look like. Looks good. think i'll put on some 20 or 25mm on my 06.
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Originally Posted by EddyMaxx View Post
Make sure you torque them properly otherwise your wheels will be doing the Harlem Shake. lol
lol dont want that now
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Yo I used an air gun thats all, No harlem shake here..
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Yo I used an air gun thats all, No harlem shake here..
I guess you didnt see the thread on the big org about ichibas. lol
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hhahaha wasnt it mostly 7thgens having problems with the wheels fallin off ?
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this is my next investment my wheels are to much in the fender smh
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im waiting for mines to come in. i got the V1 verson cause i have to change one of my studs anyways.
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