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What is the Biggest Tire You Can Run on a Tacoma? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma

Easily the most frequently asked question in the Tacoma community is how big of a tire can I fit on my truck. It is a very valid question; you want your truck to have an aggressive stance with the biggest tires possible to gain optimum traction while still being able to turn out of your driveway.

However, when it comes to asking this question on a forum, you can receive lots of snarky comments from “experts”, or they may just refer you to another thread on the forum.

Well, look no further, here at TrailTacoma.com your comments and questions are more than welcome.

Tire Size Designed for Factory Suspension

Making the decision to go up in tire size is not always an easy one to make. When a vehicle is manufactured, the engineers at Toyota have done everything to optimize the truck as far as tires and what will fit.

They consider fuel efficiency, on-road performance, off-road performance and making sure it does not bind up the truck. There are a few things to note early on. The Toyota Tacoma is produced in six trim levels with different wheel sizes. Each trim level offers a wide variety of features that appeal to different customers based on their needs and their wants.

Largest Tire Size for Tacoma? 

In this article, I will go over the biggest tire you can fit on some of the most common setups seen on Tacomas today as far as the factory “stock” suspension, and then Tacomas with a spacer lift, a full suspension lift, and if trimming is required.

Working at Discount Tire we see thousands of combinations of tires and wheels, one couldn’t possibly go over every single combination in a single article. I will go over the most common options seen out there today. If you have a question about your potential setup please leave it in the comment section, and I will respond shortly.

Here is a quick start answer to most tire size questions.

Largest Size on Stock Tacoma?

The largest tire for stock a 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma suspension is 265/75r16 or 265/70r17. Many guys have verified that these tires work with no rubbing whatsoever on our stock suspension.

Largest Size With Leveling Kit?

The largest size on a leveling kit or lift kit is relative depending on kit height. These terms “leveling kit and lift kit” are relative as they both can achieve similar ride heights. For 2″ heights 275/75r16 and 275/70r17 seem to clear with no major issues. For 3″ heights 285/75r16 and 285/70r17 seem to clear with no major issues.

Please keep in mind that every tire size and wheel size along with the tires’ tread pattern is technically different so your exact tire and wheel set up may vary greatly depending on the variant. Please read through this entire guide in order to understand how your wheel offset and tires work together. Once you understand that wheel offset, tire size, and tire tread type add up to create a final range of motion in the wheel well, you will have a better understanding of whether or not your tires will rub.

Let’s jump right in.

What is Offset?

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma: What is Offset?

To start, we look at offset.

Offset measures the distance from the mounting face of the wheel to the middle of the wheel. Offset is measured in millimeters. This is a very important factor to consider when purchasing new wheels or tires depending on your trim level. Offset is important to remember if you plan to stay with your stock wheels.

A common problem is seen while running stock wheels with oversized tires is clearance issues with the Upper Control Arms due to the tire’s width. As time goes on most wheel manufacturers are slowly moving away from backspacing measurement and transitioning to Offset. While backspacing measurements will always exist, they are not often used.  Backspacing is an older system of measurement to determine how deep the mounting pad is located in the wheel.

Correct backspacing allows enough room for the suspension, brake, and steering systems to operate without interference from the wheel. Positive offset creates more backspace, while negative offset reduces backspace.

How does this affect tire size?

  • Negative (-) offset pushes your tire/wheel out of the wheel well.
  • Positive (+) offset pulls your tire/wheel inside the wheel well.

When you push your wheel out of the fender well (negative offset), you change the geometry of the wheel and tire distance to the surrounding fender well components. The entire fender well includes but is not limited to the body plastics, frame (body mounts), plastic fender liners, rocker panel caps, splash guards, fender mount brackets, firewalls, and the actual fenders themselves.

The more negative offset you add to your wheels, the more likely you are to cause rubbing in any of these one areas, but this is not always the case as many other factors come into play like tire size and even tread type.

In most cases though, the more negative offeset you have, the more rubbing you will have.

Example 3″ lift 285/70r17 Tires:

  • 0 offset: Possible fender liner push back
  • -10 offset: Fender liners and body trimming
  • -38 offset: Fender liners, mud flaps, body trimming, cab mount chop, etc.

Keep in mind this is not going to be 100% correct for every situation. Every tire size is technically different due to the tread type. Also, other variables and components on the Tacoma come into play as well.

Most Common Tire Questions

  • Should I run my stock wheels?
  • How big can I go stock?
  • How big should I go?
  • Should I go as big as possible?
  • What is the best wheel size for Off-Road use?
  • What is a Cab Mount Chop, and do I need one?

Before answering all these questions, in a previous article, I mentioned I worked at Discount Tire. We have a huge number of 3rd Generation Tacomas that come through.  We have seen larger tires fit on some stock trucks and not on others.  What this comes down to is the tire manufacturer.

Each tire is not the exact same size due to the tread depth and tread pattern.  This article should serve as a guide to help you make your decision.  When it comes time to get the tires installed, Discount Tire is always willing to test fit tire and wheel combinations first to make sure you leave happy.

Tire Size Fitment Examples

16″ Wheel/Tire Options (Examples for Rubbing Vs. Non-Rubbing)

  • 265/70/16 (30.6″ – Stock Tacoma Size)– Won’t Rub
  • 265/75/16 (31.6”) Won’t Rub
  • 255/85/16 (33.1″) – Will Rub – Adjustments Needed
  • 275/70/16 (31.2″) – Will Rub – Adjustments Needed
  • 285/75/16 (32.8″) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 305/70/16 (32.8”) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 315/75/16 (34.6”) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed

17″ Wheel/Tire Options (Examples for Rubbing Vs. Non-Rubbing)

  • 265/65/17 (31.61″ – Stock Tacoma Size) – Won’t Rub
  • 255/75/17 (32.06″) – Won’t Rub
  • 275/70/17 (32.16″) – Questionable Adjustments/Mods possibly
  • 285/70/17 (32.71″) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods (BMC Might be Needed)
  • 305/65/17 (32.61″) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 255/80/17 (33.06″) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 305/70/17 (33.81″) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 285/75/17 (33.83″) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 35×12.50R17 (34.76″) – Yes, you guessed it – Adjustments/Mods Needed

In order to gather tire size date, or even compare tires, you can visit Tacoma World. They have a useful Tire Calculator that allows you to compare tire sizes back to back and find your “close to exact” tire size.

Should I run my stock wheels?

Running your OE wheels can obviously save you some money, you may also like the look of them. However, with your stock wheels, you may run into issues with oversized and wider tires hitting or rubbing your upper control arms (UCA).  When going into larger tires you typically will need a wheel with a zero or negative offset to push the tire away from the UCA giving you better clearance.

There are a ton of factors that come into choosing aftermarket wheels. Whether you are looking for off-road use or aesthetics, there is a wheel for you.

Here are some specs I make sure a wheel has first:

  • Bolt Pattern: 6×139.7mm or 6×5.5”
  • Wheel/Center Bore: 106mm
  • Offset: Zero or negative offset

-38mm SCS (Stealth Custom Series) F5

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma: -38mm SCS (Stealth Custom Series) F5

I personally prefer a wheel with 0 offset which pulls the tire out to the edge of the fender and sticks out just a little, keeping a streamlined look while keeping width low for narrower trails.  An extreme example of offset is the -38mm SCS (Stealth Custom Series) F5. That is going to push your wheel out of the well 1.5″ which is a lot. Most wheels are going to come in a -6mm (.2″) or -10mm (.4″) offset.

0 Offset Wheel Example: METHOD MR305 NV

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma: METHOD MR305 NV

Tacoma Models – Wheel Specs

  • SR – 16” Wheels +30MM Offset    
  • SR5 – 16” Wheels +25MM Offset
  • TRD SPORT – 17” Wheels +30MM Offset
  • TRD OFF ROAD – 16” Wheels +25MM Offset
  • TRD LIMITED – 18” Wheels +30MM Offset
  • TRD PRO – 16” Wheels +13MM Offset
  • 4Runner Pro – 17” Wheels  +04MM Offset (~0 MM)

Note: I have listed the 4Runner Pro wheels due to this being a common choice for people who want wheels to stick out a little further while maintaining an OEM look.

Choosing the Correct Lug Nut Size

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma: Correct Tire Lug Size

If you have ever unbolted your wheels on your truck, you have probably noticed the lug nuts have extended threads that sit inside the lug hole on the wheel.  This is due to Toyota’s short stud design.  Each lug nut is supposed to have 7 full turns before it stops spinning to safely bolt on the wheel.

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma: Correct Tire Lug Nut Size

When purchasing new lugs be sure that they have the extended threads as shown. Pictured are your original equipment lug nuts and the correct lug nuts for most aftermarket wheels. Toyota’s thread pitch for the Toyota Tacoma is 12×1.5.

How big can I go stock?

If you are running stock suspension and don’t want to cut your truck up, realistically the answer is 32″.

My stock Tacoma had a 30.6×10.4″ tire (265/70R16). Going to a slightly larger tire size (265/75/16 – 31.6×10.4) is the ideal route if you don’t want to make any modifications to your truck whatsoever.  Make sure when selecting a tire, it is a true 32” tire or close to it.

Some tires can measure 32.8 which is actually a 33” tire and you will definitely run into some issues as far as rubbing.  I recently spoke with a member of the off-road community who has 33” tires on his stock Toyota Tacoma. He informed me that he had to trim his cab mount back extremely far and cut his fender liners very high to make the setup work.

So, if you wish to run 33” tires on your stock Tacoma, it is doable, but be prepared to cut a lot.

How big should I go?

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma

This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself.

  • Are you looking for fuel economy?
  • Are you looking for a stance?
  • Are you looking for traction?

Based on customer feedback, friends, and personal experience the Toyota Tacoma fuel economy hits the floor when going up in tire size.

Due to the Tacoma’s lack of power and gear ratio, it struggles to get good gas mileage as soon as you step into a 33” or 285/70 series tire.  If you’re still running stock tires, you are probably seeing anywhere from 18-21 miles per gallon. Unfortunately, with oversized tires, you see roughly 12 miles per gallon in the city and 16 miles per gallon on the highway.

Note: A trick to achieving optimal gas mileage is driving 55-60 MPH and you can see 17 MPG.

Then there is always an option of re-gearing the truck which drastically improves fuel economy. However, re-gearing comes with a price tag of roughly $1,500 in parts plus install which, with IFS (Independent Front Suspension) can be in the $1500 range. Total out the door cost for regearing can range from $2000-$4000+ depending on other parts such as aftermarket lockers.

I have not had the opportunity to re-gear my truck personally but plan to do it at some point in the future.  This does not mean the Tacoma feels sluggish with oversized tires, it just affects your fuel economy.

If you are looking for the stance you are going to want to go with a wider tire and a wheel with a negative offset -10 or higher. Traction comes down to tread design.

Obviously, you do not want to roll around on pizza cutter (really skinny) tires. In my personal experience, anything 10.5” wide or more is going to offer plenty of traction and will be able to get you home.

While tire width will give you an aggressive stance, it is not going to do you any good if your sidewall is only 3 inches tall.  If you are purchasing a tire for its off-road capability, you want the tire to be able to flex and absorb the surface it is driving on which leads me to the next question.

What is the best wheel size for Off-Road use?

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma: #4 What is the best wheel size for Off-Road use?

This is a very simple one to answer. Smaller is better except for looks, depending on what you are into. Some guys like the look of really small wheels and some do not. Regardless, smaller wheels allow you to air down further in order to gain more flotation and traction.

When off-roading there are more than likely going to be instances where you will want to air down.  Airing down allows your tire to flex and absorb the ground and its obstacles.  Tire exterior dimensions remain roughly the same when wheel size changes.

Having a smaller wheel means that there is more tire to wheel ratio which allows you to get more flex out of your tire.  I have also found that staying in a 16” wheel is cheaper when it comes to buying wheels and tires compared to a 17” wheel.

What is a Cab Mount (Body Mount) chop?

What is a Cab Mount (Body Mount) chop?

Ahhhh, the Cab Mount chop.

For some people, it is the thing you never want to do, for others, you say “just send it”.  For those of you have been researching going with larger tires you have probably read somewhere that you might need to trim your cab mount (body mounts) back a bit depending on your setup. Depending on where you traverse on the internet, some guys refer to it as a cab mount and others a body mount. They are somewhat interchangeable terms.

Cab Mount Chop = What size Tire?

With the introduction of the 3rd Generation Toyota Tacoma, owners began running into an issue with oversized tires that wasn’t such a big deal on 2nd Generation trucks. On 2nd Gen Tacomas, you will have fewer issues rubbing on your cab/body mounts as opposed to the 3rd Gen.

The cab mount is what mounts the body of the truck to the frame and is connected by a bolt and two bushings then surrounded by a piece of the steel frame to cover the bolt and two bushings. On the 3rd Gen Tacomas, the cab mount is ginormous, and on the 2nd Gen, not so much. The problem with the cab mounts is that they fill the whole back of the wheel well just under the firewall and limit your large tire capabilities. Chopping the cab mounts will allow you to comfortably run larger tires.

What size tires? With a cab mount chop, you should be able to run 33″ – 34″ comfortably and even into the 35″ range. At the 35″ tire range, though you may need to start cutting into your actual firewall.

No Cab Mount Chop = What Size Tire?

I recently learned that Toyota designed the cab mount to be so large to help increase the front-end crash rating of the truck. So now you might be asking what are your options? Many 3rd Gen Tacoma owners have been trimming off a portion of the large metal bracket and rewelding a plate to the front of the cab mount further back giving them extra clearance.

Another option is to choose a setup that does not interfere with the cab mount and keeps you in the clear.  So, what setup works if you don’t want to cut your truck? Personally, I did not want to cut the cab mount on my 2019 TRD OFFROAD 4×4.

What size tires? I installed a Bilstein 5100 lift with Old Man Emu 2888 coil springs and SPC upper control arms.  This lift kit gave me roughly 3.5” inches of lift.  I then installed 285/75/16 (32.8×11.2) BFGoodrich KM3s mounted onto Method Race Wheels NV305s with a zero Offset. The truck now sits 4” higher than a stock Tacoma.

With this current setup, I experience absolutely no rubbing anywhere inside the wheel well or on the cab mount.

Leveling Kits and Spacer Kits

A very affordable way to increase the looks and height of your Toyota Tacoma is to install a metal spacer to the front coil springs.

These spacer style lifts are commonly referred to as leveling kits.  While a spacer will increase your ride height, and give you more clearance for bigger tires, it does not increase your off-road performance.  The largest tire size you can run with a leveling kit really depends on how much you want to chop up your beloved vehicle.  With a 2″ leveling kit, and no cutting or trimming you most likely will be stuck with a 32” tire.

If you move up to a small 33″ (32.7″) tire with a 2″ leveling kit, you will more than likely need to do some trimming of the fender liner.  33” tires are definitely doable, as long as you are okay with trimming and adjustments as you learn where it hits each time.

Lift Kits and Suspension Kits

Tacoma Lift Kits and Suspension Kits

Pictured: Daniel – @SeekOutBeauty

The most common suspension lift kit done to the 3rd Generation Toyota Tacomas is the Bilstein 5100 kit.

Like I previously stated I run these components on my own vehicle, and I am extremely happy with the results.  This lift kit is very popular due to its affordability, quality, and reputation.  Using this kit will get you in the ballpark of roughly 2.75”- 3.5” of lift.

So, what is the biggest tire you can run on a 3” lift?  The easy and safe answer is a 33” tire.  Wheel offset also plays a huge factor.  While you could clear a 285/75/16 on a zero offset, you might not be able to clear that same size on a -25 offset.  So, you might not clear your tires with a huge negative offset without cutting anything.  However, some minor cuts and trimming may be all that you need.

Working at Discount Tire, any time we work on a 3rd Generation Tacoma we test fit a wheel and tire every time.  This is just a precaution we take because there are so many different combinations out there.

Common examples with a 3″ of kit:

  • 285/75/16 (32.8″): Rubbing unlikely
  • 275/70R17 (32.16″): Rubbing unlikely
  • 285/70R17s (32.71″): Mild rubbing on fender liners and possibly cab mount
  • 285/75R17s (33.8″): Rubbing is highly likely

What About My TRD PRO?

How Big of a Tire Can I Fit on My Truck? A Guide to Choosing the Correct Tire Size for Your 3rd Gen Tacoma: #4 What about my TRD Pro?

The TRD PRO is a finely tuned machine.

If you bought that truck you paid close to $40,000.  A huge amount of time and engineering went into the design of the TRD PRO.  However, there are only a few things that separate it from the TRD Off-Road.  Notably, the first thing is the FOX Racing Shocks.

If you plan to lift your TRD PRO, I urge you to toss the suspension completely and not ruin the ride quality by installing a spacer lift.  If keeping the FOX Suspension in the truck, the smart move is to upgrade the wheels and tires.

With a zero offset or potentially a -6 or -10, you can tuck a 285/70 series tire into your TRD PRO with only minor trimming and modifications needed.

So you want to run 35s

Red 3rd Gen Tacoma with Bed Rack and RTT

Pictured: Daniel – @SeekOutBeauty

I really don’t know how else to say this besides, drop the face shield and start the flush cutter.

If you really want to run 35” tires you will need a huge cab mount chop or even a relocation of the cab mount. You will need to trim your fender liners very high and have adjustable suspension to play with ride height and quality.  Not to mention re-gearing the truck will almost be a requirement because of how big and heavy 35” tires are for the little 3.5L V6 Tacoma.

Here is a good overview on what it takes to fit 35″ tires on the Tacoma.

Below I have listed some of the most popular tires in the mid-size pickup range. These tires range from $100 per tire up to $500 per tire.

$100–$200 / per tire:

  • Yokohama Geolandar
  • Firestone Destination
  • General Grabber
  • Nitto Terra Grapplers
  • Toyo Open Country
  • Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
  • Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT
  • Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT
  • Cooper Discoverer ATP
  • Cooper Discoverer S/T MAXX
  • Falken Wildpeak

$200–$500 / per tire:

  • Cooper Discoverer STT Pro
  • BF Goodrich KO2
  • BF Goodrich KM3
  • Toyo Open Country AT 2
  • Toyo Open Country MT 2
  • Cooper Discoverer STT Pro
  • Cooper Evolution MT
  • Cooper Discoverer MTP
  • Goodyear Duratrac
  • Nitto Trail Grapplers
  • Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

If you found this article, you probably already have an idea of what you want and came here to clear up your doubts.  If you just bought your truck and have no idea what you want to do, hopefully, this gave you some ideas.

Now if I could give my professional opinion as far as stress on the vehicle, fuel economy, modifications required, and total cost; the best route to go with your Toyota Tacoma is to install a 3” lift and a 33” tire with wheels that have a zero or negative offset.

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Donald
Donald
4 hours ago

I really appreciated all the information in this article and especially the set up on your 2019 trd off road. I was just curious about the rear set up as far as springs. Do you haul a trailer? My 2019 off road has a get decked drawer system and a A.R.E. HD shell with eventual front and rear bumper replacements.

Chris
Chris
10 hours ago

2020 Tacoma Limited with 265 60 18’s, can anyone confirm largest tire size please without a lift. I believe it is 265 70 18?

John C.
John C.
10 days ago

Hi Matt, amazing article!!!

I have a 2021 DCLB OR, and I want to run the tallest Yokohama Geolander MT I can run with stock wheels, stock suspension and ONLY a full Cab chop/fender seam/fender liner mods.

What size tire would you suggest?

I really appreciate you sharing your hard-earned knowledge!

John

Gary W
Gary W
15 days ago

Hi Matt, new to the forum and I’ve been looking at this setup for my 2019 taco, the front setup that is mentioned with the 5100’s and OME 2888’s you indicated that you got 2.75”- 3.5” of lift but every web site i have looked at indicates only a 2″ lift, also what setup is in the rear, is it the OME complete leaf pack and what type, standard, heavy, ETC any help in making sure i am getting the right parts to run the same setup would be great, also any drive line mods necessary? break lines? just trying… Read more »

Bradley D Fortune
Bradley D Fortune
19 days ago

Does a 2021 look stupid with the lift kit offered by toyota? Thanks, noobie!

Konrad - @Trail_Tacoma
Member

I wouldn’t go to Toyota for the lift kit you’re referring to. It’s way overpriced. You would do much better with that kind of a budget using a local shop or doing it on your own.

George Pauley
George Pauley
20 days ago

Matt, have you considered the effect of tire size on fuel mileage calculations. If you have 33 tires and you find that your gas mileage dropped from 20mpg with 30.6 stock tire to 15 mpg with the 33’s, I have good news. The 33’s travel 16 percent farther and so their mileage is similarly better. So the 15 miles per gallon is really 17.4 mpg,. All of this is due to the truck travelling farther than indicated by the odometer, due to larger tires diameter.

Sam
Sam
21 days ago

Great education was given by my store employee that is identical to what is being described In the above article. Which tells me that your organization gives very good training. Thank you.

Adrian
Adrian
23 days ago

I have a 2020 TRD Sport 4×4 and I want to run the Nitto Ridge Grapplers in 285/75/R17.
I’m adding a Stage 2A Fox lift to it which will give me roughly 2.5” to 2.75” of lift. I also have the SPC Adjustable UCA’s on it.
I have already done the CMC, but do you guys think I’ll still be rubbing?

Adrian
Adrian
23 days ago
Reply to  Adrian

Also, I’ll be running the Icon Six Peed wheels in the 17 x 8.5 size with 0 offset

Konrad - @Trail_Tacoma
Member
Reply to  Adrian

This is a somewhat complicated question. So a lift does not technically help clear tires. Maybe while daily driving, but if you flex it off-road, the suspension still goes through its full cycle, and you will rub at some point. Running higher caster on the SPCs (4-5+0 will help, but it won’t fix the problem completely. It all depends on how hard you’re going to use your truck. At some point, you just get used to the fact that you’ll rub on occasion. To fit 34″ tires, as you described, you’ll need to do a fairly deep CMC, pound the… Read more »

Adrian
Adrian
13 days ago

Thanks. I have completed the installation and I have been chipping away at points as some tight corners made it rub. I also took it off road to a ver mild trail and it performed well but can imagine it still rubbing as the terrain gets more hardcore.

Tony
Tony
1 month ago

I have a question. I am a Newbe to all of this. I ordered my 2021 Tacoma trd off road 2×4, and it will be delivered in about 4 weeks. I hate the stock wheels and tires. So I do wanna upgrade. After reading your article I have a better understanding, however not quite sure what I wanna do yet. I do 90 percent of my driving on paved roads and will go off road on occasion. So I just want my truck to look cool with a more aggressive look, but still have the ability to do some moderate… Read more »

Brandon Garcia
Brandon Garcia
1 month ago

I have to disagree with the 255 rubbing and not wanting pizza cutters, I am currently running toyo open country M/t 255/85/r16 measures to 33.07 inches and I no issue with rubbing even when wheels are fully locked and have had almost no problem with traction except on ice

n ja
n ja
1 month ago

Great knowledge/experience source !! One bit that needs some clarification are the references to wheel size and offset — you need to state what the wheel width is when you mention any offset. For example, a 16×8 with 0 offset has a backspace of 4 in, while a 16×10 wheel with 0 offset has a 5″ of backspace. I am assuming that your discussion refers to the very common 16×8 wheels ..?

JOHN MCDONALD
JOHN MCDONALD
1 month ago

I lifted my Tacoma 3″ and put 33″ tires on zero offset rims. I also replaced the UPC’s. I had some trouble getting it aligned afterwards. The castor is 4.5 to get the tires forward enough not to rub. Is there any problems with tire wear running the higher +castor?

Stephen Spinak
Stephen Spinak
2 months ago

I have a 2016 tacoma sr5 rwd 4dr w/ 275/70/17s on stock rims. I have the XP Appearance package, plenty of space for those size tires I guess there 32s. I am doing a 3″ lift but not changing tire and rims. I really like them plus the tires are pretty new soo I’m not going to spend more than I have to

Ray Gonzalez
Ray Gonzalez
2 months ago

If I go 265/75 16, which A/T tire would you go with?

Konrad - @Trail_Tacoma
Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Ray Gonzalez

I’m a huge fan of the Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws. Super solid tire and the tread life is incredible.

Mike Parker
Mike Parker
3 months ago

How did your lift and new tires/wheels impact your gas mileage?

Konrad - @Trail_Tacoma
Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Parker

Hey Mike, this is quite a complex question. It depends on what lift, wheels and tires we’re talking about. The bigger, the more impact you should expect. Larger wheels, lift and tires will probably affect your gas mileage more than any other group of modifications. If you’re averaging in the high teens, I would expect a decrease of 10-30%, again, depending on the setup. Long story short, if you’re too concerned about gas mileage, building a truck might not be the best way to go. But it’s worth it to lose a few MPGS, IMO.

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

Any recommendations on discounts? Best time of year to buy through Discount Tire? Holiday sales or Black Friday? Cheers

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

Matt! Hope you own a tire shop or run one. Great article! Can you please help me with my 2020 TRD Off Road? I’m looking at MR305 NV16 X8 6-139.70 0 BKMTXX Item #55036. WRANGLER MT/R WITH KEVLAR LT285 /75 R16 126Q E1 BSW Item #30641. Felling pretty good about this set. However, the lift is where I’m struggling. I can’t afford a $3000 lift yet and just want to play in some deep snow up in the mountains. I purchased: Supreme Suspensions – Full Lift Kit for 2005-2020 Toyota Tacoma 3″ Front Lift Strut Spacers + 3″ Rear Lift… Read more »

Jesse
Jesse
3 months ago

3rd gen stock tacoma sport 4×4 can i add wheel spacers im running stock wheeles with 270x70x17. Tires rub on the insides

Matt
Matt
3 months ago

I just purchased 17 x 8 rims(0 offset) for my 2020 Tacoma TRD Sport. I have a 2″ level on the front…what is the biggest tire I can get on my truck without rubbing? Anyone know for sure?

Anthony
Anthony
4 months ago

Have a 2021 Tacoma Off Road. Planning a 3 inch leveling kit. Want to keep the stock wheels, which are 16x7s. Is it safe to run 285/75/16 tires? Is the wheel too narrow?

Daniel tacoman
Daniel tacoman
4 months ago

I would like to know if it’s ok to put on a 2020 TRD off road Wildpeak AT3W in LT-265/75/16, is the weight(55lbs) and stiffness(10 ply) of the tires too mutch of a deal for the Taco? Can the Tacoma take it or it will lack performance and drive bad. Thanks a lot very good informations here.

Kayvon
Kayvon
4 months ago

Does anyone know what the max negative offset would be for a 3rd gen Tacoma off-road on stock suspension with 16 inch wheels on265/75/16s?

Dylan Layen Beckman
Dylan Layen Beckman
4 months ago

This article helped clear up so many questions I had about wheels and tires from what a negative offset is to what is the biggest tires i can run on my tacoma.

Peter
Peter
4 months ago

Hi I have a 2020 Tacoma TRD 4×4 double cab. I have from stock had the 265/70R Duratrack wranglers good years on it from factory. Firestone told me with a 2.25 leavel kit I can go 285/75/16 hate to spend the money if not going to work?

Peter
Peter
4 months ago

Leveling a 2020 Tacoma TRD off rd 4×4

gerritt
gerritt
4 months ago

nice article, i drive a 2020 trd sport rwd. lifted the front with 5100’s set at 3rd notch (1.1″). i ordered new wheels 18×9 w/ +01 offset. do you think i can put 265x65x18 size tires on without needing to remove the black air scoop under the front bumper?

Just Alex
Just Alex
4 months ago

This really is a great resource. I don’t have a Taco, but I’m guessing this information translates to 4Runners, GXs, and FJs. Are there any special considerations for these vehicles in contrast to the Taco? Also, as I read below, what considerations should we make to control arms and other suspension bits that don’t necessarily directly lift? Hopefully these comments are still looked at and replied to.

Juan
Juan
4 months ago

Hey Matt, this is by far the most comprehensive article on the subject to date!
I do have one question, how come the 265/75/16 (31.6”) Won’t Rub and the 275/70/16 (31.2″) – Will Rub – Adjustments Needed being the second one smaller? I this a typo?
Thanks

Brian
Brian
4 months ago

I have a 2017 Tacoma trd off road with a 2″lift, I like my stock wheels, can i put a bigger tire on those wheels?

tom
tom
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian

something 2″ taller.

Sam
Sam
5 months ago

hey I have a 2012 tacoma sitting on a 3 inch billion 5100 lift. im currently running Method 16×8 method 305nvs with Zero offset on a 33inch Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ. Does anyone know if I could run spacers if increase stance a lilt bit (1-2 inches max) and how much rubbing would they cause and where. Alos if i could be pointed to a good company for spacers

sage
sage
5 months ago

matt, so for the new 2021 tacoma trd pro with stock suspension what tire size can I get away with keeping the trd rims as well?

Kevin - @Ghost_TRDPRO
Member
5 months ago
Reply to  sage

You might want to check out my article on the TRD PRO Westcott lift. You could run 33s with no trimming needed if you stay on the stock wheels.

Nicolas
Nicolas
5 months ago

Hey thanks for creating the site. It’s been a great resource. I had a quick question: what is the largest and widest tire I can fit on a 2021 Tacoma without chopping the mount or replacing the stock suspension? Thank you! Would a shim + add a leaf combo ruin my ride quality?

Thanks!

brenan
brenan
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

The largest size with no leveling kit would be 265/75r16 and 265/70r17 with no major chopping or cutting. For 2″ lift kit heights 275/75r16 and 275/70r17 seem to clear with no major issues. For 3″ heights 285/75r16 and 285/70r17 seem to clear with no major issues but at the 285 point, expect to chop the body mounts. Add a leaf will not “ruin” your ride quality but it will make it stiffer. Some prefer a stiffer ride quality as it reduces body roll. What shims are you referring to?

Nicolas
Nicolas
5 months ago
Reply to  brenan

Brenan, thanks so much for the quick reply. I’m not referring to any specific shim. To be honest I’m not sure what is available on the market right now and I’m open to anything. If I were to do mount trimming, pounding, etc. Whats the biggest I can go on the stock TRD Pro suspension? After reading your comment and researching a bit more, I’ve decided to eventually go to 35’s, but in stages. First, I’d like to do the trimming now, while retaining the stock suspention and wheels. Eventually I can go with suspension upgrades and the 35’s with… Read more »

Nick
Nick
4 months ago
Reply to  brenan

Who sells 275/75/16? You have a site or dealer I can go to? Thanks!

Ethan
Ethan
5 months ago

Extremely happy that you tackled this topic with such awesome detail. I wanted to rub my exact setup by you. I currently run the Bilstein 5100s on my stock TRD Offroad coils with a Dakar add a leaf in the rear. This lift netted me about 3” of lift. I installed 285/70R17s on a Method Vex with 0 offset. However, I have 0 running and ample clearance when turning my front wheels with and without the suspension compressed. To achieve the stance I’m looking for and gain as much true ground clearance as possible, I have been wanting to run… Read more »

Robert W Jenkins
Robert W Jenkins
5 months ago

Great article.

I have a 2017 TRD Off road with 285-75/16 Cooper Discover AT3 tires, and no wheel or suspension mods. I have a slight rub on the upper A arm but other than that they don’t hit anything. I tried the 2.25 wheel spacers and the tires ended up hitting the mud flap and are a little too close for comfort on the front fender liner.

My question is; to stop the A arm rub and not hit fender or mud flap should I drop to a 1 inch spacer, and or add a 2.5 or 3 inch lift?

Ton
Ton
6 months ago

245/75R17 trd pro wheel
Will those fit my Trd sport 2018? Running stock 265/65/17, asking because a guy was giving me a good dela on those but when I put his wheel next to mine they look huge in comparison. I was even thinking that those were from a tundra o sequoia haha.
Any advise?

Kelcey
Kelcey
6 months ago

Matt, Great and well written article. Very informative. I just got my hands in a 2020 Taco TRD PRO. I am currently going to keep my stock fox suspension, i saw you said i can put 285/70 wish little modifications and trimming. Ideally at this point I am not going to do any trimming and modifications. In your opinion what is the largest tire i can run without running into any issues? I plan on keeping the stock TRD rims as well. Think they are a +13 offset. Or would be buying rims and tires be my best option due… Read more »

Edgar Beltran
Edgar Beltran
6 months ago

This is the best article on 3rd Gen Tacoma’s. Very greatful Matt – Can you tell a little bit more on the SPC UCAs? I plan to keep my stock wheels (TRD Sport, +30MM offset) with the following: 1.25″ spacers, adjustable fox 2.0 coilovers (2″ lift), SPC UCA with adjustable caster PN25470) and finally BFGs KO2 285/70R17. How will I do it in terms of rubbing? i don’t mind trimming the front fender, I am concerned about the excessive rub on te back (cab mount) What do you recommend for the back? add a leaf? Thanks again! Cheers from Baja… Read more »

Dobie
Dobie
7 months ago

I have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma 2W drive. I want to do a 6in lift. What is the best route to go? What size tires? What size rims? Which lift kit?

J armenteros
J armenteros
7 months ago

I so wanted to wait till I did the suspension but these old stock Goodyear’s are worn down and the bolt I hit down the center can’t be plugged. So I guess I got to get the KO2 before the suspension. I was planning to only go about 2.5 inches and really wanted to do the wheels last to see how silly the stock TRD off-road tire size looked. My only question is just how much of a fuel change is seen from jumping to a 75? I’d hate to buy a new set of 70’s get the suspension later… Read more »

claude
claude
7 months ago

I would love to post my experience regarding the tires and sizes I have a 2016 TRDSport tacoma with a 4 inch maxtrac spindle lift and a 2 inch block on the back I run coil over 2.5 Fox front and Fox 2 in the back I use a icon upper control arm and firestone donut firestone back air rite I just change my tire and reading all type of blogs and nobody since to have an answer. I run the original wheels 17 inch and I tried first 285 75 17 BF Goodrich K2 They fit and they turn… Read more »

Garrett Eads
Garrett Eads
7 months ago

I want to start off by saying this page was very informative and great work! Interested in putting 32” tires on my ride without lifting… after combing over every message board, I’ve gotten very different answers… I want to put Toyo Open Country A/T 3’s with a Fuel Rebel 6 rim in 18×9 (+.01mm) For the tire size, can I fit a 275/65/18 with no rubbing and no modification? I won’t be doing any rock crawling where I wound need a lot of flex and rub because of that.. the extent of my off-roading is a dirt/gravel road to get… Read more »

Garrett Eads
Garrett Eads
7 months ago
Reply to  Garrett Eads

Also.. it’s a 2018 TRD Sport

TacomaNewbie
TacomaNewbie
7 months ago

I just bought a 2020 SR5 V6 Double cab 4×2. It has stock Toyo A31 tires. This is my first truck so I’m still doing my research, but what tires would you recommend for my truck if I wanted (1) quiet and smooth ride and (2) more aggressive looking tire, all while keeping stock 16 wheels and suspension?

This is my daily driver and I don’t off road, but the city and highway roads are really bad?

Beckham
Beckham
7 months ago

i want to run 285/70/17s, the rims i want to run are method 701s, would a 17×8.5 0 offset with 4.75 bs or a 17×9 -12 offset with 4.60 bs fit in with less rubbing so i don’t need a bmc(since you said it could require one) or even just be in a better spot for less rubbing when i want to move up to a 35 there will be less hassle

Susie
Susie
7 months ago

I’m purchasing a 2020 Tacoma TRD Sport 4wd double cab stock is 265/65 r17. I am looking for the black TRD wheels 17” and maybe slightly beefier all terrain tires. I see that you recommend 255/70 r17 will that give me what I’m looking for? Where is the best place to find the wheels? I plan to get my tires at discount tire but I don’t think they can get me the rims I want since I think they are manufactured by Toyota.
Thank you Susie

Walter
Walter
7 months ago

Matt,
Great info. So before I commit – will I be ok with Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac LT265 /75 R16 112Q C1 OWL on my 2020 Tacoma Off-Road? Also, what about the spare, will that size fit?
-walter

Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
7 months ago
Reply to  Walter

That should fit perfectly fine, as well as in the spare carrier

Michael
Michael
7 months ago

Hey Matt I was planing to put on my 2019 tacoma 4×4 Trd off-road SCS Wheels
size 16 X 8 bolt pattern 6 X 139.7
BS 4.00″ offset -12mm 285/75/16 bfgoodrich KO2 and my lift kit is BILSTEIN B8 6112 0-2″ FRONT AND 0-1.5″ REAR 5160 LIFT KIT? Would it rub?any idea?Thank you

Trevar
Trevar
8 months ago

Do You possibly have links to the full lift kit setup you described?

Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
8 months ago
Reply to  Trevar

I will put the link to a website that keeps track of all my modifications.
I will also be changing out my rear bilstein 5100s to bilstein b110 along with extended rear brake lines.

http://automodlist.com/?vehicle=B7334EA0-91C6-

Brett
8 months ago

I’m thinking of getting good year duratrac tires for my Tacoma in the factory size for the truck, on factory rims, really, just going from a street tire to a all terrain, light off road use tire

Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
8 months ago
Reply to  Brett

Definitely a great choice, just very important with those to stay up to date on your rotations every 4K miles. Cross the tires going to the back and straight forward with the rears. This is not the normal rotation pattern used at most shops. However I find it more effective with all terrain tires.

Raymond
Raymond
8 months ago

Hi Matt,

Great article, although I have a quick question. I bought new Toyo Open Country A/T III tires and 17×8.5 Method wheels with 0 offset. I have a 3″-1″ leveling kit on my Tacoma, but I was wondering if I am going to have rubbing issues. I haven’t heard about these Toyo tires having rubbing issues or not which is why I’m asking for these specific tires.

Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
8 months ago
Reply to  Raymond

What size are the Toyos?

Raymond
Raymond
8 months ago

Toyo’s are 285/70/17

Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
8 months ago
Reply to  Raymond

285-70-17 should clear with that offset. The toyo ATs shouldnt be much different in size compared to a KO2. I think you will be good to go

Doug
Doug
8 months ago

Hey Matt. I have a 2019 Tacoma SR5 Double Cab(3.5V6/4×4)and was looking at a 2 suspension leveling kit(not sure what brand) and running a 17inch wheel with General Grabbers ATX 265/70/17’s. Any recommendations on a suspension leveling kit? I should have no problems rubbing? And would you recommend any type of offset. Thanks! Loved the Article.

Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
Matt - @M_Z_Northwest
8 months ago
Reply to  Doug

I dont have too much knowledge as far as brands for leveling kits. I know alot of people use ReadyLift as well as Rough Country. You would want at least a 2-3″ spacer. You would be okay with the stock offset of +25mm but I would reccomend a zero or something negative like a -10mm. Shouldnt have any rubbing at all. Maybe on the front valance which can be very easily unbolted and in my opinion looks better off.

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