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how to buy rims & tires off TireRack.com? (stupid, i know)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NiceGuyEddie, May 25, 2012.

  1. May 25, 2012 at 7:34 AM
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    NiceGuyEddie

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    if you see the total posts i have, you can see i'm quite a beginner, and i can take no chances with this. here are my dumb questions:


    • when you put in your vehicle, do they really set you up with the correct backspace, offset, etc? I have all stock stuff, but I'd hate to mess around with wheel spacers, too-short lug nuts, etc. see my Cobra kit car in the garage… it happened with that car, and I'd hate to mess with my daily driver

    • what about the tire pressure monitoring system? do they swap that stuff over when you go to your local Big-O tires to get the tires mounted on the rims?

    • I don't want larger diameter tires because I don't want to mess with the speedo & MPG. but for the looks, I'd consider slightly WIDER wheels, with no change in suspension. is this possible, and how would I go about searching for that on Tire Rack?

    • looking for another set of 17" rims & quiet tires.
     
  2. May 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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    265/70r17 supposedly fixes the speedo (yours is off, most are) issue
    You need 4.5BS
    And shanked lug nuts.
     
  3. May 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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    i did notice the speedo is a bit off. when driving at night next to a car with a digital speedo and large numbers, my speedo never matches. or those radar-speed limit signs, it's never exactly the same.

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  4. May 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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    That is completely dependent on the rim and what lug nuts they are made to use.
     
  5. May 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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    Let me get this straight... you want to change the rims for *decorative* purposes?

    For picking your tire sizes, metric sizes work like this: first number is the width, in millimeters. Second number is the sidewall height to width ratio, in percentage. Third, is the rim, weirdly, in INCHES. My response to mixed metric+imperial is "what the f***????" You would think they would convert rims to metric if they convert the rest to metric.... 15"=381mm, 16"=406mm, 17"=432mm, 18"=457mm. Tire overall height is 2 x ratio x width + rim. So your stock size is 265/65R17, diameter=2x0.65x265+432=776.5mm <-- that's your target diameter. You can set your "new size" equation as ratio x width = 172.25. So let's say you look at 285 width... ratio x 285 = 172.25. Ratio = 172.25/285 = 0.604 --> 60. 285/60R17 is a valid choice.

    The next important consideration is the rim width vs tire compatibility. If you look at the tire specs tab at tirerack, you will notice a field labeled "rim width range". Make sure the rim you choose (or have, if you decide not to needlessly change the rims), falls within this range.
     
  6. May 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM
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    Or just go here... :rolleyes:

    I second going with 265/70R17. Fixes the speedo and actually helps the MPG's on the highway.
     
  7. Jun 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM
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    great info here, i like the info for "rim width range"... i'd love slightly wider wheels for the looks, but i don't want to mess with anything. tire rub and the necessity to buy new spindles or brake calipers is too much for me.

    can anyone answer my question on the TPMS?

    :eek:
     
  8. Jun 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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    If the new wheels work with the factory tpms then Big-O will switch them over.
    The stock sport wheels have a BS of 5.5" so any wheel between 5.5 BS and 4.5 BS will work without wheel spacers or trimming needed to prevent rubbing.

    You will probably need new lugs as well. Like you I am not lifting my truck and will be keeping stock suspensions. My truck rides factory smooth with no issues.

    As others have mentioned you can size up from 265/65/17 to 265/70/17 with no rubbing issues at all. If you decide to go for a 16" wheel you can size up to 265/75/16 with no rubbing issues.

    Stock trd wheels are 7.5" wide and 17" diameter. My current wheel is 9" wide and 17" diameter with a 4.7" BS so they stick out past my wheel well just a bit. I am also on stock tires as well
     
  9. Jun 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM
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    When I bought from TireRack I had them install new TPMS sensors. I had to since I was going from steel to alloy rims.
    Since I bought the complete set (Tire, rim and TPMS), everything came installed and balanced so I could install them myself. Then I just had to get a professional to sync the new TPMS sensors to the truck. I had this done at a local Toyota dealer and was surprised how reasonable it was (only 0.5 hr of shop time I believe). They said if I had the serial numbers of the new sensors it would have been even faster.
     
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