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Old 02-11-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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33s or 31s? Decisions, decisions

I'm currently running 31X10.50X15s and need tires. I have a set of Billy 5100s set at the highest setting, but I think I only got about 2" max lift out of them, because my springs have settled a bit. I sure would like to move up to BFG T/A KM2s in 33X10.50X15 (I'm keeping the stock 15" rims), but don't know whether the hassle is worth it. I'm having a hard time finding a tire dealer who will mount them on my Gen 1, so I'll have to buy the tires at one place and shop around for a shop that will mount/balance them for a reasonable price. Sure adds to the cost.

Or, I just stick with the 31s and get it all whacked out in one shot at Costco and not waste the time.

What do you think? Sure would like to see some gen 1s with 33s. Pics anyone?
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31's are too small with a lift. IMO
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you can buy a 32 11.50 15 though... get that!
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if you get 33s and wish you had 31s let me know, i have 31s with about 1200 miles on them and wish i had 33s but i have more lift than you do also and im in Fredericksburg



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Still have the same problems with getting the 32s mounted. Might as well go with the 33s if I'm going to have to shop for a place to mount them.

Anybody know whether the stock rim offset will be ok with 33s?

I'm planning on sticking with the 31" spare for now. If I get a flat in back, I'll just swap a front to rear and put the spare on the front. In 2wd that should be fine for a temp fix, right?
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i would go with the 33's or 32's

im also in the same situation ive got a 3" lift and 31's, it kinda looks weird, but i dont know if the 33's will fit. i sure wish someone had pics of a 1st gen with a 3" lift and 33's or 32's
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mine are a 275/65/18, which comes out to a 32.07" tire. they fill up the fender well very nicely. i have the 3 inch pro comp spacer and it is sagged a bit but not too much.
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Here's my 01 taco with 285/75/16 (33"s) pics aren't that great and its raining like mad here in seattle. Will get better pics when it drys. Rubs a little on full turn and going up drive ways....

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3 Inch Revtech lift on 33x12.5x15 Maxxis Bighorns. Hope this might help ya out.

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Here's my '03 with a roughly 2.5" lift and 265/75/16. Rubs a little on the inner fender under compression and partial lock.

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Ah...the 33s have it. I'm gonna jack up my pickup and take off the wheels and haul the wheels to Costco and have them mount the tires on the wheels. If they ask what I'm going to put it on, I'll just make something up...like "they're going on a Ford F-150". What a hassle!

Decision made.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:53 PM   #13
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Too late. Just completed the order. Besides, I like the 33X10.50. I don't need or want the extra width. From what I have read, the 33s should clear just fine on my truck, since I'll not be doing any hard wheeling for a while. By the time I get around to it I expect to have OME 883s and an ARB bull bar on it. If I need to do the pinch weld modification, I will address that when the need arises. My pickup has 4.30 gears, so, according to the calculators on this site, the 33s should bring my rpms back into the "stock" range. I have always found myself looking for a 6th gear on the highway. My only unknown is whether I'll get any rubbing due to the stock rim offset. Most people with 33s run aftermarket rims. Should be slight, if any, so I'm not worried much.

Should be a stout and nice-looking pickup when I'm done (are we ever really "done"?). I'll post some pics once I get the new tires on.

Thanks for all the replys. Especially Tacoma02trd. Your pic was a big help in the decision. Looks nice!
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By the way, Ryan, keep watching the forum, because if these 33s don't work out for some odd reason, I will be looking for you.
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OK! The 33s are on!! 33X10.50X15 BFG T/A KM2. No rubbing, look great, feel great, a lot quieter than my Cooper Mud Terrains. Love them.

The installer recommended I go with a packet of some sort of beads for balancing, rather than lead weights. You just toss a small plastic bag in before you seat the rim. He said it takes about 10 miles or so before the bag breaks and the beads release. They somehow balance the tires. He said he has never had a complaint, that all the truckers use them on their big rigs, and that if I wasn't satisfied he would do a spin balance on them later. I'll give it a shot.

Also found out my left-inner tie rod end needs replacing. The guy said my wheels are "self-aligning" right now (ha ha). Just bought the part at Autozone for $90. It runs $190 at Toyota. The Toyota one must be a lot better...or maybe the shipping is higher...who knows. Going to replace it today.

Sorry no pics just yet. My computer isn't talking to my camera for some reason.

Next add-on: An ARB Bull Bar!!!!!
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It's called powder balance. We use them with big truck tires and supposedly balances the tire out... There are people who swear by them and people who think they are worthless. I suggest seeing how your tire balances out in first 5k miles (evenly, unevenly) and go from there..
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good stuff, glad it worked out for you
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33s all the way. i just put them on my 2004 and love it! pics in a minute
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a bunch of pics about halfwayy down with some flexing too. lift is bilstein 5100s set all the way up and toytec AAL in the rear. compareable to what you have
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...ml#post1445781
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if you get 33s and wish you had 31s let me know, i have 31s with about 1200 miles on them and wish i had 33s but i have more lift than you do also and im in Fredericksburg



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What the hell is wrong with the tire dealerships in VA? I don't see why theres a problem with mounting any tire over 31",I had no problems upgrading to 32"x11.50x15"'s, send them back to tire changing school....
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