Hey everybody, this is my first post on TW, but not my first time on. I've been scouring the site for the last couple of weeks and have found some really good info. I have a black '05 Tacoma TRD Sport DC LB, and am looking at getting a slight lift, new wheels, and bigger tires. I think I've decided on XD Series Hoss wheels if 16's will fit, or 17" XD Addict's (black and 4.5" backspacing for both). Initially wanted Nitto Terra Grapplers, but now I'm back to looking around. I just ordered a full set of 5100's and am still trying to figure out if I want AAL's (Toytec) or a mini set like the 3 Leaf Progressive Set from Wheelers. With the 5100's set to 2.5" up front, I've read that I can clear 285/70/17 (or 285/75/16) tires with minimal inner fender trimming. So I guess several questions:
1: Suggestions for rugged looking, not too noisy, long lasting tires; burly looking AT or a "street friendly" MT keeping in mind 90% or more on road
2: Which rear lift; a mini set, or AAL, and will I need 1.5" or 2" lift (I have a camper shell) to make it level
3: The big question; which mechanic should I go to to do this work? I live in the East Bay, so hopefully some shop in the vicinity. I don't have any tools, might be able to borrow some, but have never done any of this before and want it to be done right. I know I'll have to go in for an alignment regardless.
Any thoughts or inputs? Thanks for all your posts and getting me started!