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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

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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?

34" Tires on 3rd Gen Tacoma (Wes - Black Hills Taco)

Pictured: @blackhillstaco Nitto Ridge Grapplers 305/70R17 (33.86″) Icon Rebound 17×8.5 0 offset 1.25 Spidertrax Spacers

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. Additionally, you can forget about fitting a spare tire in the spare tire mount location as anything above a 34″ tire warrants the need for relocating a spare.

Here is a breif overview of 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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Mark Casale
Mark Casale
1 day ago

What offset do I need for a 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 17 in. Rim. 265/7017 tire

Gary Davila
Gary Davila
1 day ago

A 265/70R17 Duratrac calls for a 7.5 to 9″ wheel. Would 7″ x 17″ 4Runner Pro wheel be ok to mount?

Abraham Chavez
Abraham Chavez
3 days ago

I have a 2020 Tacoma Limited what’s the best aggressive, off-roading stance I can go on tires.???

Sean Donnelly
Sean Donnelly
15 days ago

I am curious why I see no mention of the 265/70-17 tire size in the charts. It is about 31.6″ according to the calculator. Most of the wheels offered by application in the brands I am looking at in the 17″ size seem to be 17″X8.5″ with 0 offset. I was trying to figure out if this wheel with a 265/70-17 tire would fit on stock 2021 TRD off road without rubbing, but I can’t seem to find a definitive answer. Anyone running this combo, have any feed back? It would be much appreciated.

Shamid Mathura
17 days ago

Guy can I use a 16” rim zero offset with a 325 X 60 trie on a sock truck 2021 Tacoma, will have any rubbing or not work,thank you?

Jae Lee
Jae Lee
26 days ago

This is a really great article thank you! So one thing you sorta addressed but not directly are wheel spacers. I get it’s basically same as swapping out wheels for no offset but I think? So I have a trd pro 3rd gen. Could I do 285/70/16 with 1.25” spacers? Is that effectively the same thing? You mention the trd pro wheel is +13mm offset so would this work?

WeldorsRule
WeldorsRule
1 month ago

I like this dude. He is a good writer.

Cbugg
Cbugg
1 month ago

Just had Toyota install the OEM lift (2/1) on my ’21 TRD OR, and now trying to decide on tires & wheels to finish. Mainly town and highway miles, so not trying to go too crazy, but the camp road requires high clearance and ability to handle new england slate, granite, and mud. Was thinking 265/75/R16 – but would really appreciate recs. I like full looking wheel wells (without so much air space) – but don’t want to worry about rubbing. I’m in way over my head at this point- just want to be able to get into camp reliably… Read more »

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

I just had Toyota install a 3.5″ lift in my 2021 SR5….can I run 285/75R16 tires on factory wheels without rubbing?

J Diggity
J Diggity
1 month ago

Do you recommend a differential drop kit for the 3″ lift you installed? If not, have you noticed any wear on the CV boots due to the increased angle? I see mixed opinions on whether or not I should get a drop kit or not.

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
1 month ago
Reply to  J Diggity

Hey man,

So it’s a super hot topic, and definitely up for a lot of debate. Personally, I chose not to run one, but my CV boots don’t touch. I guess the biggest argument is for CV longevity, although I never had any issues.

Matthew
Matthew
1 month ago

??? Got appointment this Thursday morning on 2017 crew cab trd off road for 2 inch leveling kit install and 285-75-16 Falken Wildpeak on 16 inch factory wheel. Any foreseen problems or should I just go with 265-75-16.

Cbugg
Cbugg
1 month ago
Reply to  Matthew

Matthew what did you decide to go with? Any issues?

Roc Viviano
Roc Viviano
2 months ago

Great article, to the point and very thorough. Thanks. (2019 Taco TRD Pro) thinking of going with 235/85/16 and 1.5″ wheel spacers on stock TRD rims to give more -offset.

Last edited 2 months ago by Roc Viviano
Mike
Mike
2 months ago

Here is my issue and looking for help or opinions. I am getting a 2021 Tacoma limited at end of month. I drive a lot of miles and don’t want to kill fuel mileage but would like an aggressive look. With that being said I figured I would need to stay with no more than a 2” leveling kit. It will have 18” stock wheels and will probably keep them for awhile. Also looked at 3” front and 2” back leveling kits. With stock 18” wheels what is going to be my best option for tire size and lift and… Read more »

Randy
Randy
2 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Hi Mike,
I have a 2021 Limited and am putting bilstein 6112s on the front, 5100s on the rear with dakar leaf spring with overload, JBA UCAs, and 275/65r18s. I have method race wheels 301s too. You know that Limiteds are already lifted 1 inch stock right? My setup is gonna get me 2 additional inches of lift.

Davin Tang
Newb
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You could fit a 265/65r18 in there. It comes out to a 31.6″ diameter which is a common size people upgrade to on stock trucks.

Only you can define what “decent” mpg is but just know that both bigger (and heavier) tires and a lift will impact mpg a good amount.

Josh P
Josh P
2 months ago

Great article. Very insightful for the almost exact project I am planning for my ’20 TRD Offroad. (The wheels I am looking at do not come in a 16″ with the correct bolt pattern, so going 17″) Question: Do you believe much would change (rubbing wise) if you used the OME Nitrocharger shocks in lieu of the Bilstein 5100’s. I know the Bilstein is adjustable, the OME “kits” say they only lift 2″, however, most of what I’ve read has said with the heavy load coils (887) you’ll get somewhere in the 2.5-3″ out of the OME (stock front bumper… Read more »

Jossue
Jossue
2 months ago
Reply to  Josh P

Hi, I am using on my TRD Off-road 2019 the same setup: OME nitrocharger sport with 888 springs (MEDIUM LOAD) and the EL111R rear spring. I also have to install the 3 degree shim to resolve some vibration on the rear suspension. I also put 1/4 lift spacer on front to get the 3″ lift. I am using the OME UCA. I changed my wheels to Black Rhino Ridge model, 17 in with 0 offset and my new tires are the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrack 265, 70 R17. The only negative things of this setup is that I lost 2 mpg… Read more »

Josh P
Josh P
2 months ago
Reply to  Jossue

Very nice. I looked at the Black Rhino Ridge for a long time as well. Love how close they are to the TRD Pro wheels in looks. But I decided to go with then Black Rhino Cinco in the +12mm offset. The -18mm offset I feel would rub for sure. I may install 1/4” hub centric wheel spacers to get to a get the about the same positioning as a 0 offset wheel if I want a little more aggressive stance.

Jossue
Jossue
2 months ago
Reply to  Josh P

How much the Cinco weight?? the Ridge weight 33lb, I think they are heavier.

Josh P
Josh P
2 months ago
Reply to  Jossue

30 lbs

Jossue
Jossue
2 months ago
Reply to  Josh P

How is your ride?? Did you re-gear?

Josh P
Josh P
2 months ago
Reply to  Jossue

Ha! Still in the planning and purchasing phase. Hope to install and know the answer to that question in the coming months.

Jossue
Jossue
2 months ago
Reply to  Josh P

Here is my Taco.

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Josh P
Josh P
2 months ago
Reply to  Jossue

Looks very nice. I’ll get there soon.

Jossue
Jossue
2 months ago
Reply to  Josh P

Look for all the info you need to make a wise decision.

Adam
Adam
2 months ago

Hello Matt,
Fantastic article and very informative.
Looking to do a couple of things to my 2019 TRD off-road.
Wondering about purchasing 4Runner pro 17” wheels with 275/70R17’s BFG K02’s. I have stock suspension, any risk of rubbing? As well, considering the TRD lift kit. How will this affect the fuel efficiency?
Thanks

Davin Tang
Newb
2 months ago
Reply to  Adam

You’ll probably have to remove the mudflap. Besides that, it’ll just be some minor plastic rub. Just trim a bit where it rubs and you should be good.

Those BFG’s are only available in a Load E in that size so it’ll be heavy and ride really rough. Add a lift to that and you’ll see a good amount of mpg loss.

Joshua Rodriguez
Joshua Rodriguez
2 months ago

Can I run the 4Runner pro 17” wheels with 265/70R17’s BFG K02’s on my 2016 Tacoma (which have stock 16” wheels) on stock suspension with no rubbing?

Davin Tang
Newb
2 months ago

It’ll be really close to the mudflaps or even rub it a smidge, but those are easy to remove. With no mudflaps, you won’t have any rubbing issues.

Dave
Dave
2 months ago

Great article and very thorough.

Last edited 2 months ago by Dave
Richard
Richard
3 months ago

Can I use a 17 inch wheel on a 265/70 r 16

Davin Tang
Newb
3 months ago
Reply to  Richard

No, the “r16″ in 265/70r16 stands for a 16” rim size. Assuming that you would like to stay the same tire size as 265/70r16, you would want a 265/65R17 tire.

Last edited 3 months ago by Davin Tang
Zach Adams
Zach Adams
3 months ago

I just purchased a 2021 SR 4×4 double cab
I bought the weather tech mud flaps to add protection
Now I’m ready to purchase tires and wheels
Black rims of course
I will not lift the truck so I want to know what exact rim size and offset to purchase as well as the biggest tire to run with no cutting or rubbing
Is it 265/70/16
265/75/16
265/70/17 or 265/75/17
Thanks so much

Davin Tang
Newb
3 months ago
Reply to  Zach Adams

Congrats on the new truck! 265/75R16 and 265/70R17 are generally the max tire size you can run without rubbing. However, it really depends on the offset of the wheel. For example, the TRD Pro 4runner wheels (17×7, +04 offset) on a 265/70R17 will fit on a Tacoma without rubbing once you remove your mudflaps. Just don’t go with a really wide wheel with super negative offset and you’ll be fine with the tire sizes I metioned earlier. Hope this helped!

Frank Novoa
Frank Novoa
3 months ago

Hi Matt,
Great article with great information.
Have a couple of questions for you…
I have a 2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD and I installed a Bilstein 3″ lift, am running stock wheels and tire size (265/65-17), I am looking at getting new wheels and tires, for tires I was thinking moving up to a 285/70-17 and staying with 17″ wheels by 8.5″ width, question is what offset wheel should I use so my tires and wheels dont stick out from my fender wells no more than an inch?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Cheers,
Frank

Lucky
Lucky
3 months ago

I have a 2021 TRD Sport and need to know what tire size I can put on without rub. I’ve received mixed suggestions by multiple vendors. I have stock height and just bought SCS F5 17×9 -38 offset. How big can I go on tires?! Thank you and happy Memorial Day weekend

Tyler
Tyler
4 months ago

Is the Bilstein 5100 Kit truly an upgrade from the stock TRD-OR suspension or is it just additional lift? Or are there kits out there that lift and increase performance of the suspension? I am not necessary looking for a hardcore off-road monster but something that upgrades a little bit from stock.

I am pretty new to all this with not much knowledge on suspension.

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
4 months ago
Reply to  Tyler

It’s for sure an upgrade. The factory suspension isn’t anything to write home about. There are intro level lift kits, and then there are ones that run for 5k+ – there is a huge difference in performance. If you’re looking for something simple, check out the Bilstein kit, or OME (Old Man Emu) at our favorite vendor, YotaMafia.

Beth North
Beth North
4 months ago

I’m all about looks no off roading. I like a beefy look. Buying a 2021 tacoma TRD SPORT 4X2. What sz n brand tires do I need to put on truck. No cutting. I’m young at heart n love toy truck n jeep wranglers. 68 yrs young I love just riding around looking good. People stop n look whats that old woman doing in that fine truck. I had several lifted but can’t doing that anymore just want a good looking truck to cruise around town…. Thank for you info…

Roger
Roger
4 months ago

Great Article and wealth of info. Thanks! You mentioned on a previous post the the Toyota Lift isn’t worth it. Toyo is offering a TRD 2.5″ lift kit which also includes a new grill. It touts that this setup will allow the front safety sensor features to still function property, which is important to me. Any comments on those sensors not working as intended with aftermarket lifts?

Ray Gonzalez
Ray Gonzalez
4 months ago

Would like a 2 to 3in lift on my leased 2021 tacoma. Since it’s leased I can’t chop or cut anything. I really want bigger tires and a tougher stance and look. Could use your professional opinion on a good lift kit, biggest tires without rubbing, and safest offset.

Amjad A Khan
Amjad A Khan
4 months ago

Great write up Matt. A lot of useful info but as you know everyone wants a certain setup for specific use. I have a 2020 Taco SR5 4×4. Just bought a 6112/5160 shocks to replace the stock. I have the black wheel package that has the off-road tires. I plan on setting the 6112 ring lift to #6/#5. Any thought on what size of tire I can fit on them without rubbing also most of my driving is on the road so don’t want to loose mph but just want a little bigger tire and off-road treads as well. I… Read more »

LeKeith McAdory
LeKeith McAdory
4 months ago

Hello @M_Z_Northwest,

I now have a 2019 4×2 Off Road Tacoma and I’m a rookie with mods. I’m noticing no comments on a 6” lift. I’m considering a 6” Rough Country lift with 33” AT tires using a 17” Fuel Assult wheel. I just simply want an aggressive look

Would you suggest anything different? Can I run this setup without any other mods? What wheel dimensions should I get? Do you have a recommended tire, wheel size, gear ratio, offset, etc.? Do I run any risk? As much info as you can give would be extremely helpful.

Johnny Tahoe
Johnny Tahoe
4 months ago

Awesome details!

I have a ‘20 Taco TRD Off-road currently on 265/70/16 on stock rims. I want to go to a rim that is 17×8.5 zero offset so can I get away with 265/70/17 or should I go 265/65/17? What about 275/65/17?

Jim
Jim
5 months ago

Does increasing wheel diameter from stock 30.5” to 31.1” necessitate increasing the spare tire size also? I don’t want abs or differential issues if I use the spare, regardless of distance needed.

Davin Tang
Newb
3 months ago
Reply to  Jim

It really depends on how you use your truck. If you just drive on-road in 2wd all the time, then a different sized spare is fine to be used temporarily. You won’t get any issues by doing this.

If you use 4wd though, get a matching spare. You could damage your transfer case if you run different sized tires in 4wd.

Jerome
Jerome
5 months ago

2018 trd off road 4×4 3inch will put on 285/75/16 duratrac tires on stock rims will it be okay or will it rub a lot?

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
5 months ago
Reply to  Jerome

If it’s a 3-inch lift, the rubbing won’t be the worst with daily driving. It will rub on the trail if you cycle your suspension though. It won’t rub like crazy, but you will have rub pretty much anytime you increase tire size, lift or no lift.

Neil Folger
Neil Folger
5 months ago

So I’ve read over everything here and it’s a great wealth of knowledge but what I’m looking to do I can’t seem to find anyone that had done it. I’ve seen it a few on 2nd gen Tacoma’s but never on a 3rd. So with that being said I have stock 2018 17” sr5 wheels from a 5th gen 4Runner and want to put them on my 2020 3rd gen SR Tacoma. I got the 4Runner wheels for next to nothing and don’t really care for the stock steel wheels my truck came with. I’m looking at the 265/70r17 Cooper… Read more »

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
5 months ago
Reply to  Neil Folger

You really shouldn’t have any issues there!

Ray Gonzalez
Ray Gonzalez
5 months ago

Want to get a 3/2 spacer lift or suspension lift? Not sure which way to go. Want to go w a 285 tire and 0 offset rim, but I don’t want to trim or cut anything. Is this possible?

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
5 months ago
Reply to  Ray Gonzalez

We never recommend spacer lifts. They can be dangerous and lead to premature failure. The ride is also not good. You really can’t fit very many larger tires with ZERO rub. There is always some trimming and cutting involved, even if it’s minor.

Tyler
Tyler
5 months ago

So I have a 2018 offroad. Eventually I want to do a 2 or 3 inch lift but probably not for another year or two. But in the mean time I want to get some new rims/tires. The tires I’ve decided on are the wild peaks a3/t at 265/70/17. The rims are 17×9. They have two options for offset, – 12 and +1. I want to go with the – 12 but will it rub? Will the +1 also rub? I’m OK with cutting a littlebit of the fender but I want to stay away from a cmc.

Joey
5 months ago

I got a 2018 tacoma pro. Whata the biggest tires I can run with stock rims to avoid rubbing. 33s?

Don
Don
5 months ago

Great summary !

So I’m thinking Maxxis AT 811 size 265 75 16 for my stock (factory wheels and suspension). 21 TRD off road. They spec at 31.8 and looking to confirm no rub before I pull the trigger. I don’t want to lift it (just an icon AAL for shell, rtt and gear) and will only be doing sane off roading ie moderate trails with intent to bypass the hard core stuff

Appreciate any input. Want tkeep
Things simple and as close to stock as possible. Thanks

Last edited 5 months ago by Don
Grant Walker
Grant Walker
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

I have a 2016 TRD off road and I just installed Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws in 265/75R16 on the stock wheels. Stock suspension with no added spacers/ leveling kit. Had them for about 6 months now and can confirm that there is no rubbing. You actually have about an inch of space where larger tires would normally rub. Just keep in mind that with larger tires comes not so accurate speedometer readings. Your speed, with this size tire, will read 3-5 mph lower than what your actual speed is above 55 mph. I used a radar gun at 65 mph (indication)… Read more »

Marneil
Marneil
5 months ago

Has anybody run 295/75/16 on a 3rd gen? Its an uncommon wheel size. I’m about to install a fox 2.5 “supposed” to give 3″ lift. Curious if any tried that set-up yet, and does it work with out a cab chop. Thanks

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
5 months ago
Reply to  Marneil

Marneil, that is a very large tire size. Any tire that is 33″ tall (or larger), regardless of width, unless you go with a 255/85/16 (skinny 33″), will need a cab mount chop and additional trimming to the bumper, fender and fender liner.

James Wilde
James Wilde
6 months ago

I have a 2021 Tacoma trd pro. Looking to go bigger on tires. You mention in you article that 285/70/17 will fit with minor trimming. Would you say 275/70/17’s would fit with little to no trimming? Also thinking of 255/80/17’s. Any insight would be great. Also I will be going with a 0 offset rim and about 4.5 backspacing

Curtis Bayer
Curtis Bayer
6 months ago

Can I put a 285/75/16 on my 2021 Tacoma it has a 3” leveling kit on it

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
6 months ago
Reply to  Curtis Bayer

It should fit. But fit is a relative term. Will they clear completely? Probably not. There is always some trimming required, especially if you’re flexing the suspension off-road.

Rik Hague
Rik Hague
6 months ago

Great info! One question. I’m keeping my 17” Rims P265/65R17 tires are going to be replaced with, I’m not sure what tire yet. Any suggestion? BF Goodrich AT3s? I’m looking to stick out (negative) only a inch but want to fill the height in the wheel well with tire. If I shouldn’t stick out any more than factory tires do now, I can live with that. (I hate the tiny tire look.) Reading what you wrote, Maybe I should go with the three inch leveling kit. what is the largest tire can I buy with zero rubbing? Will a three… Read more »

Big D
Big D
6 months ago

Good article, thanks for sharing.

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
6 months ago
Reply to  Big D

Happy to help, man!

Brian
Brian
6 months ago

Thanks for the info, but just want to confirm.. I have a 2018 SR5 6-lug pattern with 16’s. I’m looking to get the 2021 TRD 17×7 (sema) wheels with 265/70/17 ko2’s. Will these fit? I get mixed answers. I checked on a Toyota TRD website that had me type in my model when choosing the rims, and it says it won’t fit. I’m assuming it’s saying that due to factory recommendations but I’m hesitant to make the purchase until I know for sure. Help!

Tim
Tim
5 months ago
Reply to  Brian

No problem

Donald
Donald
6 months 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
6 months 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.
7 months 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
7 months 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 »

Steve
Steve
26 days ago
Reply to  Gary W

Gary – I read the same thing. Great article but that comment on the 5100’s giving that much lift is incorrect. Also, Bilstein only offers the warranty if you use them with the stock coil over springs. You can upgrade the springs and get more lift, but the warranty is voided. They are designed for stock springs. Big thread on this on another forum.

J Diggity
J Diggity
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary W

Did you ever figure out what setup in the rear to go with? I’m looking to do the same as the OP but had the same question on the rear.. thanks!!!

Bradley D Fortune
Bradley D Fortune
7 months ago

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

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
7 months ago

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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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?

Konrad Chojnowski
Nomad
7 months ago
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+) 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 »

Last edited 6 months ago by Konrad Chojnowski
Adrian
Adrian
7 months 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.

Adrian
Adrian
7 months ago
Reply to  Adrian

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

Tony
Tony
8 months 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 »

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