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Love my new Tacoma, hate the wheels it came with!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by HumboldtReign, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Dec 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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    HumboldtReign

    HumboldtReign [OP] Where the Grass is Green

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    Hey all-

    Im a new tacoma owner (would have posted in New Member forum, but i have actual questions!), and so far i love it!

    Previously i owned a 1992 Toyota Pick-up 4x4, and had been after a 2nd gen tacoma for a while, and was finally able to snag one!

    I bought a 2005 PreRunner TRD Off-Road with ~75k miles on it from a buddy who works at a stealership, but luckily was able to get an employee discount so i think i got a pretty good deal! I was on the fence about the 4wd, but only used 4x4 in my old truck a handful of times, so im hoping this will still work out for what i need it for.

    Anyway, ive got some questions for you:

    1) I really dislike the aftermarket wheels it came with - 20" shiny chrome wheels, they're just not my flavor. I have been looking at Pro-Comp Series 7032 black 16x8s and some BFG A/Ts to put on it, but the wheels are back-ordered until April :(

    So my options are to wait....or....find/do something in the meantime. Ive been looking for used OEM wheels to paint black, but we are still talking ~$300 for the wheels, plus buying tires, plus mounting, etc.

    Do you think i could paint the wheels i have on it? I attached a picture for your reference. I have no idea what brand they are, or how they would turn out if i painted them. Thoughts? Or does anyone know of other places besides 4wheelparts that might have the ProComps in stock?

    2) It has the rear locker on it, but i honestly dont know when i should use this. Also, im assuming i cant accidently engage the locker when im driving down the road. I went to hit the fog light switch and accidently hit the rear locker instead one night. Im hoping this didnt actuate it or cause damage? So when should i use it?

    3) I was messing with the bed rail tie-downs that slide, and one came out. Now i cant figure out how to get it back in. Is there a trick?


    Thats all i can think of right now, but im sure i have more! I'd appreciate any help you can lend!

    So stoked to be a part of the TW crew! Ive already found A LOT of useful info.

    Thanks :D

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  2. Dec 4, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    Welcome!

    You should be able to sell those shiney dubs for what you could pick up a set of OEM wheels and mostly, if not completely, cover the tires also. Or, to answer your question, they could be painted, just prep, prime and paint.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM
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    HumboldtReign

    HumboldtReign [OP] Where the Grass is Green

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    The tires look almost brand new. I guess id just hate to sell them for used pricing, and then have to dish out more money for stock OEMs and new tires. Plus if i get the Pro Comps in the future, im spending even more money. I doubt i could even get a grand for the package, and the BFG A/Ts run me around $950...

    You think i could paint them black, and if i dont like them still be able to sell them on craigslist or something?
     
  4. Dec 4, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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  5. Dec 4, 2011 at 5:17 PM
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    Krazie Sj Resident Jackass

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    Get new wheels.
    Must be in 4lo to engage the locker and even then it takes a bit to get it to lock.
    The spinner in the middle? Push that out against the spring, rotate entire tie down 90*, insert, rotate back to normal orientation. Screw the middle down.
     
  6. Dec 4, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    Look into some steel wheels from wheelers off road, they are pretty cheap, about $75 each. They are similar to the wheels I have on my truck (see signature).
     
  7. Dec 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM
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    HumboldtReign [OP] Where the Grass is Green

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    4lo? Its not 4wd. Am i missing something?
     
  8. Dec 4, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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    Don't mind him, he's Canadian :D

    And yes, you could paint them black and sell them if you didn't like them but personally, if you don't like them, I wouldn't waste the time. If the painting goes wrong then you won't be able to sell them for nearly as much. OEM wheels are sold on here for between 2 - 300 for the set of 4. Depending on the size of tires you're looking to get, you can spend $1,000 on tires alone. Personally, I'd look at something else besides BFG A/Ts. They are a great tire but there are a lot of other great options that are more competively priced, many of which will actually out perform the BFG tire.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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    Any suggestions?
     
  10. Dec 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM
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    I'm partial to Cooper tires, I'm running the AT3 and am very happy with them so far. Other good tires would be the Hankook Dynapros or the General Grabbers.
     
  11. Dec 4, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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    Sell those monstrosities. There is someone out there who wants that kind of bling bling for their killamobile - use the proceeds to get something that looks good and is more practical. I think the stock SR5/TRD Off Road wheels look great, and you cant beat the price. If you have the means and can find them, get the 'ol FJ TRD Anthracite wheels - no other wheel looks as good on a Taco IMO.
     
  12. Dec 11, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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    Ended up finding a great deal ($250!) for 4 stock TRD wheels and Rugged Trails in great shape, painted the wheels black and had them mounted!

    sooo much happier :D


    and another note- after much research on this forum, i managed to convince the dealership to give me a completely NEW clutch for the TSB T/O Bearing fix, free of cost!

    i also had no idea that the truck was supposed to come with an overhead compass/temp gauge. i now realize that it is broken and plan to fix it using the sticky link on this forum, as well as do the fog-lights anytime mod. again, so happy to be a part of this website, it rocks!

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  13. Dec 11, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    To answer one of your original questions, Pro Comp owns 4wheelparts or vice versa, so if they don't have them, nobody does. I was looking at the 7032s back in September, when they were supposedly backordered for 3 months. Plenty of other choices out there. I ended up with Method Race 301s in 16x8.
     
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