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Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Diggdug, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Diggdug

    Diggdug [OP] Member

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    Just bought an 08 Taco access cab with V6, 4x4 of course. It has 16" rims on it with road tires. I want to put 17" rims with mud tires. What is the largest size tire I can go to without any Mods or problems?

    What is a prerunner?

    What is my 08 called?

    Thanks!!!
     
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    Welcome to TW!

    Glad to see you join the Toyota family.

    First thing see here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/wheels-tires/213442-wheels-rims-explained-dummys.html#post4863898

    16" wheels will let you have more sidewall then 17" which is preferred in offroad conditions. The tires for 16" wheels are less expensive then 17" and more tires are available for them as well. I personally just made the change from 17" to 16" for an "upgrade".

    Largest tire without major issues on a stock truck is 265/70/17 or 265/75/16. Some rubbing may occur with these.

    Pre-runner is a 2wd Tacoma..it has other meanings in therace community but I think thats what you wanted to know. Google it if you need to know more.

    Do you have color matched mirrors/door handles/scooped hood? if you do it's a "Sport".

    If you don't have the above and you have a locking rear diff it's an Offroad.

    If you have non of the above it could be a SR-5.
     
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    jgwheeler17 I'm a zit. Get it?

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    *claps in approval and agreeance*
     
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    congrats and welcome to the World.
     
  5. Diggdug

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    Mines got the offroad package. I wouldn't buy one without a locking rear diff cause i hunt a lot and therefore get stuck a lot. Thanks for the info! I just thought going with the 17" rims would get me up a little higher and be better in deep snow?
     
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    jgwheeler17 I'm a zit. Get it?

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    not really. it just takes up more space. . . from what youre sounding like, you don't need bigger shoes, you needs some lift :D
     
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    Sounds like i might as well stick to 16" wheels. I am thinking about getting a dedicated set for off road or AT tires to slap on in the fall, and run the current set during the summer months. Do you guys think its worth while paying xtra for Aluminum wheels over steel?
     
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    Nope. I actually just got (8) 16" steel wheels for $12.50 per wheel so I can use them as beaters and keep my 17" aluminum wheels for street use. They weigh 3# more then my aluminum 17" so not a huge difference and if I do smack a curb with them the rim bends instead of cracks like aluminum does.


    Grab some steeles for your winter use and throw on some good AT's. In your location I would check out Duratracs. They are great in the snow and a good all around tire. I have had them for almost 40k now and I am still happy with them.
     
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    So are stock wheels 7"? Is it best to buy 8" for my mud tires? That is 265/75/r16 tires....
     
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    depends on what stock wheel you have they are all different.


    and wheel width all depends on what tire you go with...

    my 255/85/16 KM2's require a 7" wheel. 8" is to wide for airing down significantly without popping a bead
     
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    Tires and traction assist (4WD, locking differential, traction control) will be your best method to off road and not get stuck. Lowering air pressure in tires has amazing results, too!

    I recommend going to the biggest 16" tire without needing a lift... 265/75-16 (32"), which is 1" taller than the stock Off Road TRD tire (265/70-16).

    If you do lift your truck a bit, then going to a 285 series tire will gain you even more ground clearance and more 'meat' under your truck for traction.
     
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