Originally Posted by griff04
What size tires and rims to get?
Hi everyone, new to the forum and need some advice from the group please.
I just purchased a 1991 extended cab. The truck came with a 4" lift kit along with 35x12.50R15LT 113Q M+S tires which I feel that the truck is almost straining to turn them over along with making it a rough ride. In short, I'd like to downsize on the tires but not quite sure what size to go to. I will mostly be using the truck to run around town in and pulling my jon boat to the river. Won't be doing any off roading or mudding.
Any suggestions on what type/size of tires and rim sizes would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Welcome to TacomaWorld.
I think a 33" tire would probably work really well for you. 33" tires for 15" wheels are extremely limited nowadays, so you might have to go with a 16" wheel.
32" tires might be an option too, although I think they'd probably be a little too short with your 4" lift.
Aside from overall diameter, weight is going to be something to take into consideration, so that you can improve your acceleration (as you mentioned it's very sluggish right now).
Based on personal experience, I have noticed that tires from Cooper, Nitto and Toyo seem to be light weight. All-Terrain (A/T) tires are generally going to be lighter weight than Maximum Terrain (M/T) tires. Contrarily, I've also noticed over the years that BFG and Maxxis tires seem to be particularly heavy.
255/85R16 or 285/75R16 would be the equivalent of a 33", and a P-Metric or D-Rated tire should be more than sufficient to tow a small boat (no need to get the extra weight of an E-Rated tire). 255/85R16 will have less options than the 285/75R16s.
As for wheel options, I work with FN Wheels and we offer two really nice, light-weight options at reasonable price. The 16x8" Konig Countersteer Offroad is right at 18lbs per wheel, and the 16x8" FN Five Star is 18.5lbs per wheel.