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Contemplating lighter wheels

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by KeptOnChooglin, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Mar 8, 2016 at 7:28 AM
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    KeptOnChooglin

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    So I have a stock 1st gen 2wd Prerunner Quad Cab.

    Looking around, I think I see 32 lbs quoted as the weight of the OEM 16 alloys.

    Currently I have 2 new front tires and 2 almost shot rears (in parts of both rears the wear bar is even with the tread.

    So I headed over to TireRack and was researching.

    My use will be 99% city/highway. Maybe a dirt road here and there but no off-roading.

    I would like better handling (but its a truck). The look of the tire and wheel is secondary to me compared to handling.

    If that 32 lb figure is correct, then there are some options in the 18-23 lb range.

    A reduction of 9+ lbs/corner in unsprung mass should be noticeable and help braking.

    So a couple questions.


    Has anyone gone down this path? Experiences?

    I also noticed at tire rack, going extreme there were some 15x8 options, which get me below 20 lbs/wheel. But in some cases a stud adapter was needed. Then again, I would also worry about the amount of sidewall flex on taller tires on handling. I also have read where the calipers might not like 15" wheels.

    I havent really done wheel swaps. I know what the tire numbers mean. With wheels the bolt pattern is obvious. So that leaves offset. If I don't want the tires poking out then I guess I dont want a positive offset?
     
  2. Mar 8, 2016 at 7:36 AM
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    bullaculla

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    My Konig countersteer off roads are 18lbs each. I got great gas mileage when I had the 265/75/16 duratracs in load C. Friends that drove my truck says it steers light and still accelerates well. I am really happy with them. A few first gen guys run them also.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM
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    OK, those are sweet weight wise, I am gonna go that direction. Matte/Dark Bronze should look good against my truck. Then again, it depends on what they have in stock and wait times.

    Next question. I would want some black lugs, and security lugs.

    So while surfing Amazon, I found these
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JH1HJXE/ref=pd_luc_rh_bxgy_01_02_t_img_lh?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Amazon says they dont fit the 03 Prerunner. But is that because of stock rims or what?

    As for security lugs, I see these
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ue&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=A2A65CUIZM9PM8
    Amazon says those will fit.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2016 at 10:13 PM
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  5. Mar 9, 2016 at 2:05 AM
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    I emailed FN wheels yesterday...
     
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