thanks, sounds great. ive been wanting to stuff some beefy tires on a tacoma since i bought my first taco in '07 which was 2wd so i ended up just leveling it and putting 32 m/t's on it just to be somewhat practical. mud flaps are already off my truck, did that the day i brought it home from the dealership. just like the look of the truck without them.
when you mention the small mud flap, are you talking about the small approx. 5x4 ones underside the front of the front wheel wells? thank you for all the great info. if it clears the suspension fine. unless any areas on the fenders are gonna rub real bad in normal road driving, i can hold off hitting the trails for a few days after. might make a good weekend project for me and the pops to do some cutting and testing where its rubbing.
Yes, on the 2012 there are rectangular flaps on the underside of the front wheel well in the area where the bumper meets (directly in front of the center of the tire). On your 2007 there would have been a "nub" that sticks down, but on 2012+ models it is just a flap held on by two 10mm bolts. Simply remove this flap for added clearance.
Suspension clearance (spring perch and upper control arm) will be just fine due to the 4.1" back spacing.
Fender trimming is extremely quick and easy with a sharp knife. If you can put the front end under a little bit of load, have someone sit inside and crank the wheel until it rubs. Note the area that rubs, then trim and remove that area. It will be a small part of the plastic over fender. You won't even notice it once it's been removed.
The cab mount chop is a little more labor intensive, but if you aren't comfortable doing it yourself a good fabrication shop should be able to do it for $200 or less (total). This is another modification that you won't be able to see once it's been done either. You can order a CNC cut plate for the cab mount chop here: