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Swapping 2nd gen wheel/tire combo to 1st gen...anything of concern?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by oldswab, May 1, 2013.

  1. May 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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    Hi; I've been reading these forums for a few weeks and have found them really helpful in thinking about what/how I might like to tinker with my truck.

    Lo and behold, take-offs from a new 2013 appeared on Craigslist, 4 alloy wheels with new BFG Rugged Trails (I've read they're not everyone's favorite, but the price was right) for $1000. My old wheels are shot cosmetically from MN road salt and I will need new tires before next winter, so I went ahead and grabbed them.

    I noticed the 2013 lug nuts were shorter by something like a quarter inch than my 2004's. Can I just re-use my old lug nuts or do I need the 2nd gen lugnuts?

    Anything else to be concerned about, or do I just slap the new ones on when I finish running the tread on my current ones? Is there a market at all for 1st gen pitted rims, or am I heading to the scrap yard when I'm through with the swap?

    Thanks in advance, and also howdy. My leaf springs are partially inverted, so I'll probably be asking about that later, before I start towing a Livin Lite aluminum camper this season.

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    The most obvious difference between the 2 sets of wheels (besides the look) will be how far the stick out. The 2rd gen wheels have more backspacing which means they will be tucked in further than your 1st gen wheels. By about a 1/2" IIRC.

    Your original lug nuts will work on the new wheels.
     
  3. May 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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    Rats. Thanks for the reply. Is the shorter outside offset very noticeable? Does it cause any rubbing?

    Do I need to drop $200 on 4 spidertrax spacers, and do they go fairly easy?
     
  4. May 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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    the additional 1/2' width of the rim goes to the inside, the outside of the 2013 rim is in the same positon as the original factory rims...

    BS on original rims, 4.5", original rim width 7"
    BS on the newer rims, 5", new rim width 7.5"

    I did this to my 2000 Prerunner TRD, 2010 Tacoma alloy takeoffs, I did add a 1.25" HC spacer all the way around to give it a better stance, so effective BS is now 3.75"...I can verify your old lugs nuts will work, use them on the fronts for sure because the studs are only 7/8" up front and the extra nut length helps for piece of mind...

    Go for it...
     
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  5. May 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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    I bought a set of second generation TRD wheels also for my 03'. I've since switched to some Method wheels but here are a few things I encountered and some additional tips for you.

    1.) They will be bolt on fine with your stock 1st generation lug nuts, however as mentioned the backspacing is a little different the your old wheels so you may have a slight rub on the frame if you upgrade to an agressive all terrain tire. The tires you see in the pic are 265/65/16 Goodyear Duratracs with TRD wheels and no lift. They rubbed slightly on the frame at full wheel lock.

    2.) You should be able to sell your old wheels, but being pitted you can expect around $75 $100 for the set. Probably will be sold to someone who will paint the anyways. In good condition they normally sell for around $150 for the set.

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  6. May 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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    Ah, I see now. Thanks for the specs! Will try them sans spacers first, and then maybe think about spending the $+time on spacers depending.
     
  7. May 1, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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    For starters, you need to send me the wheels you are taking off.... ;)
     
  8. May 3, 2013 at 6:57 AM
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    OP, Like others have already said, you should be fine. I only had slight rubbing of my front tires on the frame at full turn, but spacers fixed that, I think my tires were the issue not the wheels. I would first try mounting them without spacers, you might not need them at all with those tires. :)
     
  9. May 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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    I have a similar question as Oldswab. I have a 2004 TRD with stock wheels with 265/70/16s. A fellow has a set of stock wheels with the same size tire off a 2009 TRD. Have not seen them yet so have not measured the offset. Does anyone know if the offset (BS) is different?
     
  10. May 21, 2013 at 3:36 AM
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    5m lug to 5 lug, yes

    6 lug to 6 lug, yes

    might be small amount of rubbing full lock, other wise good to go...
     
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