Hey all, dont post much here, but figured i'd share photos of my 5 lug.
When I bought the truck I didnt really realize i had the low rider version of the 4 banger truck. But the truck wasnt parked next to any others so I didnt think anything of it until later. I didnt like the low ride and I believe to be 14" wheels with chrome caps. (eek)
I bought the truck with expectations of the access cab but still the 24mpg of the 4 cyl. I' havent done a mpg check yet, but i can tell that the truck doesnt particularly care for the area between 52-62mph. 3rd gear is at 3000rpm at 52mph but flipping to 4th lugs it at 2,000. I've always found i get the best mpg sitting right at 2500-2700rpm cruising. So if I do that now, im at a speedo corrected (gps) 70mph. Which here in seattle is a ticket. We all know if its speedo corrected to 70mph, that means on a regular unaltered tacoma, i'd be showing 74-75mph.
Thats the only thing I dont particularly care for. I was previously running original wheels/tires.
(last fall) Next I installed a READYLIFT 3" lift on the truck. Wasnt too excited about the Ubolts being painted, the bolts needed like 150lbs of pressure to spin onto the Ubolts WITH a rattle gun, so I had to stick with the original ubolts (they still worked just fine). After kit installed (which I'm not too sure i'd recommend to a friend... I stepped up to a steal of a deal I got from a friend. I picked up some 16" Rav4 wheels with regular 225/50/16's on them. I couldnt pass it up for 200 bucks. It looked better but still didnt fill the wheel wells. Once the tires hit 50% tread, I could barely accelerate away from right handed turns without spinning and no weight in the back (fall weather).
Purchased from Discount Tire a week ago.
Now I'm at the final step for me.
- READYLIFT kit ~3" lift
- 1/4 INCH PLATE SPACER FOR FRONT WHEELS. NEEDED TO SPACE WHEEL FROM CALIPER! $6 BUCKS EACH
- 16" Unique Series 42 wheels. Or as they call them "D spokes" (Zero offset)
- Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 245/75/16 tires.
The Rav4 wheels had a -30 offset which sucked the wheels/tires back into the fenderwell, and looked horrid on a tacoma. IMO.
The new wheels and tires sit right at the fender lip, sticking out about an inch.
I used the bottom of the drivers side door handle as a point of reference and the tires alone made over a 1.75" lift and 4.5" lift overall. Note this number is from the ground.