This is a direct re-post from the wheels/tires forum. They directed me over here so perhaps one of you can help me. Post follows below:
I have been in the market for a 1st gen Tacoma for a while as I want something to run around town with, put a small John Boat in to take fishing & to just generally help out when we need to haul stuff. I have never owned a truck before but all my truck owning buddies swear by the reliability and longevity of the older Pickups and Tacomas.
Every deal I saw in Craigslist was snapped up right away and last night I managed to get in first and pick up a 1999 for a very good price. It has some scratches that I can fix and a few dents which I probably can't but as I said, I got a great price, I was not expecting a lot cosmetically and the guy had taken amazing care of the truck mechanically. He had owned it for years and had to sell as his wife was pregnant and they needed something a little bigger.
Here is a link to a picture (large):
I have never been into modding anything and really have no interest in it. The back is lowered with blocks which can be removed easily to get it back to stock height. However, he has also added aftermarket wheels to the truck.
Here is a closeup (large):
The look of these do not bother me too much but I bought the truck for function over form. I am not expecting to do any heavy offroading in it but I will be taking it on some potholed roads and trails to get to fishing spots, will this damage these wheels? The rims are 17 inches and the tires are 225/45 R17.
Really it is the thinness of the tires that worries me. Would I be able to get bigger tires on these? The tires are turned slightly to the left above so if they were straight it looks like there would be not much room in front of the tire but plenty behind. Perhaps this would even out if I took the blocks out of the truck though? If not, I would consider selling these rims/tires & getting some stock wheels fitted...do you think they are worth much? You may think I'm crazy but I also prefer the look of the stocks. I am not out to make a statement (although the color does that well enough!).
Any help for this complete newb would be much appreciated & I'm looking forward to becoming part of the community.
Thanks in advance for any help.