1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Should I keep my stock 17" rims or move to 16"

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by enchanted, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Mar 20, 2010 at 7:09 AM
    #1
    enchanted

    enchanted [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2010
    Member:
    #33282
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Squamish BC Canada
    Vehicle:
    10 Tacoma TRD double, long
    First off, I'm a noob who's buying a new Tacoma TRD and I'm switching out tires first thing. Tires for 17" rims are expensive compared to 16" rims. Should I keep the 17" or see if I can down size. I'm planning on putting on either the Toyo Open Country AT or the BFG All Terrain. Opinions?
     
  2. Mar 20, 2010 at 7:33 AM
    #2
    Lentsnh

    Lentsnh Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2008
    Member:
    #10953
    Messages:
    9,547
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2007 Hummer H3 Tactical Edition
    None yet- Future: HIDs, Tinted tails, LED interior lights,
    With a smaller rim, you can get a larger sidewall. As another fact, 17" wheels are SUPER hard to find and as well as the tires to go with them.

    As soon as my funds grow more, I'm going to convert to 16" wheels and 305/75/16 tires.

    Oh and welcome to TW! :wave:
     
  3. Mar 20, 2010 at 7:49 AM
    #3
    enchanted

    enchanted [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2010
    Member:
    #33282
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Squamish BC Canada
    Vehicle:
    10 Tacoma TRD double, long
    Thanks. Anybody else want to chime in? I wonder if my dealer will just switch them for me?
     
  4. Mar 20, 2010 at 8:06 AM
    #4
    Pope953

    Pope953 That's a fact Jack!

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    Member:
    #32117
    Messages:
    11,731
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Wesley
    Asheville, NC
    Vehicle:
    SR5 Pickup
    35% up front, 20% in the back window tint, 15" Mickey Thompson bullet hole wheels, with 31x10.5 Firestone Destination A/T tires. Glass Pack, High Flow Cat, S&B CAI, Custom Light Bar with 4 fog lights. 2 10" Rockford Fosgate P2 subs with 1000 watt Rockford Fosgate Amp, CB.
    I run 15s with 31x10.5s and I love mine. I have Mickey Thomspons with an offset and I like them alot. I would go down to a sixteen, much cheaper and easier to buy tires for those wheels. Although then you have to buy both, which is more, unless you've got some sixteens sittin around. Its a tough choice, just depends on your budget!
     
  5. Mar 20, 2010 at 8:06 AM
    #5
    Lentsnh

    Lentsnh Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2008
    Member:
    #10953
    Messages:
    9,547
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2007 Hummer H3 Tactical Edition
    None yet- Future: HIDs, Tinted tails, LED interior lights,
    I doubt a dealer would want to trade wheels off a Base or an Offroad. Just saying.
     
  6. Mar 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM
    #6
    accrete

    accrete The WET! Coast of Oregon USA

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Member:
    #24270
    Messages:
    27
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    V6 TRD Sport 4x4
    A.R.E. walk-in canopy, 245/75r17 Bridgestone Dueler Revo 2, pulling an Aliner EASE off-road-capable-trailer into the Pacific Northwest Wilderness
    I just posted a reply over at another tire related thread which can be seen here with a pic of my wife's 07 TACO TRD with the stock Sport 17" wheels. We went from the stock 265 65r 17 tires to 245 75r 17 Revo 2 [1.5" taller now]. I wanted something for her that was safer on our wet roads but also something that would fill the stock 4x4 height wheel wells. We've had them on now for about 4 months and for us they are a great setup.

    cheers,
    Thom
     
  7. Mar 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM
    #7
    EGtaco

    EGtaco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    Member:
    #9993
    Messages:
    154
    Vehicle:
    2009 Tacoma
    I thought about the same thing when I got my truck with 17's but when I started pricing tires they really were not the much cheaper so I really could not justify the cost of new rims. Now if you want to trick out the truck with aftermarket rims then I would go for the 16s.

    These days tire shops can get a set of tires in within 24 hours if they dont have them in stock so unless you live out inthe boonies I dont buyt he idea that 17s are harder to find but that is only from my experience. I am in CA and was able to order some 17" Nitto TG and the shop who did not even carry Nittos had them at the shop in 12 hours.
     
  8. Mar 22, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    #8
    tuckr2

    tuckr2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Member:
    #26115
    Messages:
    739
    Gender:
    Male
    Western Washington State
    Vehicle:
    2010 Silver dbl cab LB 4x4 It's Purdy too!
    LT265/70/17 BFG A/T's, Disabled Seat Belt Buzzer, Black and Gray Covercraft Seat Covers front and rear, Matching SnugTop Supersport Canopy, undercoat, bed mat, window vent shades. Black Weathertech Liners. Trans TSB, Rear Spring TSB Installed.

    Look at the pics of the tires. Never thought about going backward in wheel size but I will admit I like the look of the tire on your truck. Any handling issues? Thinking along the lines of body roll?
    thanks Ken
     
  9. Mar 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM
    #9
    accrete

    accrete The WET! Coast of Oregon USA

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Member:
    #24270
    Messages:
    27
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    V6 TRD Sport 4x4
    A.R.E. walk-in canopy, 245/75r17 Bridgestone Dueler Revo 2, pulling an Aliner EASE off-road-capable-trailer into the Pacific Northwest Wilderness
    Greetings Ken. THX For the Q's. The rig rides sooo much better with these tires. All handling including road-snow, wet, dry, on and off pavement. We have a shell on the back and it is usually loaded with 500 to 600 lbs of gold prospecting gear on most days.

    Part of my comment included reminiscing of my days in Nevada with my FJ40/Chevota (Chev327 under the hood i dropped in). We all swore by tall & narrow tires for our off road adventures and certainly on the road with snow/rain. Then some years ago i ran accross expedition portal that has an article that really laid out the reasoning for the tall & narrow being a good choice for nearly all conditions (except MAYBE StreetBling). Their "Position" in the paper states; "A tall, narrow tire is a superior choice for all off-highway surface conditions with the exception of deep, soft sand or mud." It is an interesting read. So for myself, the idea was not one of 'going backward', but rather, finally putting the tires on the rig i believed would match the stock height with the 17s effectively. : )

    Also, this size is 2.98% larger than stock and under the recommended 3% max by Toyota. So there would never be any issue with negligence if it came down to an insurance issue from an accident involving the rig.

    happy shoping!
     
  10. Mar 22, 2010 at 5:50 PM
    #10
    harvick29

    harvick29 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Member:
    #31562
    Messages:
    64
    Gender:
    Male
    hey if you get 17" put a price together for sale,
     
  11. Mar 22, 2010 at 7:56 PM
    #11
    tuckr2

    tuckr2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Member:
    #26115
    Messages:
    739
    Gender:
    Male
    Western Washington State
    Vehicle:
    2010 Silver dbl cab LB 4x4 It's Purdy too!
    LT265/70/17 BFG A/T's, Disabled Seat Belt Buzzer, Black and Gray Covercraft Seat Covers front and rear, Matching SnugTop Supersport Canopy, undercoat, bed mat, window vent shades. Black Weathertech Liners. Trans TSB, Rear Spring TSB Installed.
    Great information. I will definitely search out and read the article. While I would like to have a slightly larger tire, i'm tot really interested in lifting the truck. This is my daily ride for the next 5 or more years and don't want any unusual problems.
    Currently have 17's but I can find aftermarket 16's online. Been looking at General Grabber AT2's as a replacement tire. Mainly due to lower price and yet decent traction. Had Yokohama Geolander ATS on my F150 and they are an option too. They handled really well in the Northwest in most all traction conditions.
    Hehe, when I lived in Nevada, I always had the biggest, widest tire that would fit under my Chevy. Seemed getting stuck in the sand was always the one thing I was looking out for.
    take care and thanks again. Ken
     
To Top