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Upgrade to newer wheels?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SmokeyDP, Aug 6, 2009.

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What option should I go with?

Poll closed Sep 5, 2009.
  1. Beat stock wheels + BFG KO T/As

    3 vote(s)
    7.0%
  2. Powdercoat black stock wheels + BFG KO T/As

    26 vote(s)
    60.5%
  3. Find a set of 17" OEM take offs from a 06+ w/ tires

    14 vote(s)
    32.6%
  1. Aug 6, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    SmokeyDP

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    The wheels on my 97 are pretty corroded and the clear is pretty shot on them. I also need new tires and found that costco has the BFG A/T KO wheels for $660 installed for all 4. I have 3 options here:

    - Stick with what I have and just install new tires (cheapest)
    - Powdercoat the wheels black and get the new tires (not sure of the powdercoat cost)
    - Put on a set of low mileage newer wheels with tires from a newer Tacoma.

    Can I pretty much swap on any set of wheels and tires that came stock on a newer Tacoma or are there size issues? I've seen a bunch of OEM sets with under 10K on them for around $750ish...
     
  2. Aug 6, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    Here is the truck in question even though it doesn't show how rough the wheels look from 5 feet away:

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Aug 6, 2009 at 8:48 AM
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    Check around here and TTORA or even craigslist...you should be able to pickup a set of stock wheels for cheap.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2009 at 8:53 AM
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    BAP_29

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    I say get the new bfg a/t tires and powdercoat your rims black. That way you'll have a new look instead of just replacing the stock stuff. Put a poll up on here and see what the votes say
     
  5. Aug 6, 2009 at 8:57 AM
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    SmokeyDP

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    Does an admin want to attach a poll for me for the following options:

    - Powdercoat existing rims black and get BFG A/T KO tires
    - Find some OEM take-off's with tires
     
  6. Aug 6, 2009 at 8:58 AM
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    I'd say take option 3.
     
  7. Aug 6, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    Well newer OEM takeoffs with the stock tires even be the same diameter or will my speedo be off?
     
  8. Aug 6, 2009 at 9:03 AM
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    I would only be off mabye 1-2 mph off if you go with a bigger 17'' rim or a taller tire.
     
  9. Aug 6, 2009 at 9:07 AM
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    If I powerdercoat the wheels I am going to try to find a black oem bumper to replace the chrome one I have now since it's banged up. And maybe spray the grill black.
     
  10. Aug 6, 2009 at 9:15 AM
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    to add a poll go to the thread and click on thread tools. it should have an option where u can add a poll.
     
  11. Aug 6, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    Thanks. I kept looking in the Advanced post options which is where I am used to seeing it when you create a new thread.
     
  12. Aug 6, 2009 at 9:27 AM
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    no problem. were all here to help!
     
  13. Aug 18, 2009 at 6:23 AM
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    I have been watching craigslist and the only wheels I found so far are a set of 2001's with BFG A/T's with 2K miles on them for $800.

    How much does it cost to get wheels powdercoated?
     
  14. Aug 18, 2009 at 8:02 AM
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    you'll have to ask around your local shops that powdercoat. ive seen a wide range of costs from others posting what it cost them. I think it cost most of them close to $50 a wheel though. Somebody correct that if I'm wrong
     
  15. Aug 18, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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    Get some new wheels if you powder coat them your just putting a band aid on the corrosion problem...I thinl
     
  16. Aug 18, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    plz keep the speedo on lmao ok no joking im intrested in this thread too not wantin to screw up my "speedo" any way you put it its jus so dirty
     
  17. Aug 19, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    i think the stock wheel that are on your truck look pretty good black. imo i would just paint those instead of getting a newer set
     
  18. Aug 19, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    OEM 17s are hideous. I had a set that came on my taco when i bought it. sold them immediately and bought the rims you have with 32 BFG ATs. best decision ever.
     
  19. Aug 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM
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    The wheels you have are the same ones on my '97, and they were corroded as well. Personally, I think they were the best looking of all the stock wheels from around that era. I painted mine with Duplicolor Graphite (metallic dark grey) and really like it. The Satin Black would look nice too. Powdercoating is a good option, but for 6$, the Duplicolor is awfully tempting. I get comments on the wheels as they are, and people are surprised to learn they are stock, painted with a rattle can!

    To deal with the corrosion, just make sure you do a good job cleaning and sanding the wheels, a wire brush in a drill helps a lot. Remove, clean, sand, clean again, allow to dry, and follow instructions on the wheel paint. You don't even have to remove the tire if you mask with index cards stuck into the bead.

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  20. Aug 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM
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    I think I am going to just install some new tires on them and try the rattle-can approach for now. The idea of new wheels died when I bought a 2nd M3 yesterday. I haven't really seen anything aftermarket that I liked, and I think the wheels I have look almost as good as the newer style ones anyway. I haven't been able to find any take-off's with tires for a decent price anyway.
     
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