Community Poll: Black Wheels For 3rd Gen Tacoma

Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma with Black RRW RR6-H Wheels & AlphaRex Headlights

We Asked 10 Tacoma Owners About Their Black Wheel Setups

Hey everyone, welcome back to yet another Taco Tuesday!

This week, we are piggybacking off of that and showcasing some aftermarket black wheel options for you to consider for your Tacoma. Black wheels are a classic look, and they match pretty much every build.

Why Aftermarket Wheels?

Stealth Custom Series Ray 10 Matte Jet Black w/ Blaze Bronze Lip

One of the main reasons why anyone upgrades their wheels is for aesthetics. Toyota only has a few OEM wheel options for the Tacoma with 90% of them being the TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro style. While these look great, I have to admit that they’re a little boring and unoriginal. Especially after all these years.

Upgrading to aftermarket wheels will help differentiate your Tacoma from many others. However, upgrading your wheels isn’t just about an aesthetic change, there are some hidden benefits that most people don’t realize as well.

Improved Stance

One word, offset. OEM wheels come with a very conservative positive offset from Toyota. This means that the wheel is tucked inside the wheel well more, reducing Tacoma’s width for stability when off-road. A most positive offset helps ensure that your wheels won’t hit the fender liners or body mount while turning.

Most individuals when upgrading their wheels opt for a more negative offset. This brings your wheels and tires closer in line with, or in some cases past your fender to achieve a wider stance. Think of achieving that wheel spacer look without needing to run actual spacers.

Having a wider stance helps your truck stay a bit more stable both on and off-road. Keep in mind, that once you get into large negative offset territory, it will take some extra work to get them to fit properly (especially with larger tires) with respect to turning.

Run Larger Tires (Safely)

A lot of off-road-ready wheels are a bit wider than OEM wheels. OEM wheels are around 7″ wide whereas a lot of aftermarket wheels are 8-9″ wide. This allows aftermarket wheels to run bigger, wider tires much safer with far less of chances of a tire de-beading because it is too wide for the wheel that it is wrapped around, especially when aired down.

Check out what 9 owners had to say about their wheel set up down below!

1. James Bautista: Stealth Custom Series

Black 3rd Gen Tacoma w/ Black SCS F5 Wheels & C4 Front Bumper

Wheel Details

  • Model: SCS F5
  • Size: 17×9 | -38mm offset
  • Price: ~$245/wheel

What really made me pull the trigger on the SCS F5s was the aggressive offset and the simple 5-spoke design. The -38mm is the perfect offset in my opinion for the stance of the truck as well as for achieving that deep-dish look. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pain to make the -38mm offset work, especially with my 35s. However, it was well worth all the trouble to achieve this look.

2. Kali Helsel: Method Race Wheels

3rd Gen Tacoma with Methods Race Wheels 309 Matte Black

Wheel Details

  • Model: 309 Matte Black
  • Size: 17×8.5 | 6×5.5 | 0mm offset | 4.75” backspacing
  • Price: ~$345/wheel

Method has yet to disappoint me. On and off the trails, these wheels perform at the highest standard you can get. I believe Method makes the top wheels in the industry. Besides the fact that they are among the most well-known brands in the off-road community, I like that their wheels are very durable, and look amazing while doing it. I like the Method 309 because they give the truck a unique look that sets it apart from other Tacomas out there.

3. Mike Kinkead: Fuel Off-Road

Quicksand Toyota Tacoma with Black Fuel Off-Road Wheels

Wheel Details

  • Model: Vector
  • Size: 16×8
  • Price: ~$310/wheel

I wanted a smaller wheel so that when I put 35s on them, I’d have more sidewall. In my opinion, if you’re not running true beadlocks while wheeling, then having a protection ring helps protect the rim so that you don’t risk damaging your bead. We call them “bro locks” because they’re always looking out!

4. Mitch Moeller: KMC

MGM 3rd Gen Tacoma with KMC Summit 718 Wheels & Harker Outdoors EDC Camper

Wheel Details

  • Model: Summit 718
  • Size: 17×8.5 | 0mm offset
  • Price: ~$250/wheel

The KMC brand has a good reputation in the offroad industry. I like that I can trust that these wheels are going to hold up to trail abuse. I really dig that they have a bead ring style to help protect the inner wheel as well. These wheels pair really well with an aggressive tire like my Baja Boss A/Ts and make the sidewalls really pop. The gold accents also have just enough contrast to draw your eyes to the wheels.

5. Will Holder: Black Rhino

Super White Tacoma with Black Rhino Banton wheels

Wheel Details

  • Model: Bantam
  • Size: 16×8 | -10mm Offset
  • Price: ~$225/wheel

I love these wheels because of their rugged flat black design and texture. I’ve always admired 5 spoke wheels and Black Rhino definitely designed these perfectly. As for almost all Black Rhinos, they have that rugged military look that suits any Toyota platform perfectly. The black texture is flawless and I still haven’t had any problems with rock rash or flaking while on the trails. I couldn’t be happier with the Bantams and best of all, they are relatively cheap!

6. Ernest Tkach: Stealth Custom Series

Quicksand Tacoma with SCS Ray 10 Matte Jet Black w/ Blaze Bronze Lip

Wheel Details

  • Model: Ray 10 Matte Jet Black w/ Blaze Bronze Lip
  • Size: 17×9 | -38mm Offset
  • Price: ~$280/wheel

My favorite thing about this wheel is the uniqueness/rarity of the color and the amazing -38mm offset. There aren’t many wheel brands out there that offer this insane of an offset. The customer service that the company provides is also top-notch. Overall, these are super solid wheels for the size and they stay solid with whatever I throw at them.

7. Travis Hodges: KMC

Super White Tacoma with KMC Dirty Harry Black Wheels

Wheel Details

  • Model: Dirty Harry
  • Size: 17×9 | -12mm Offset
  • Price: ~$270/wheel

One reason I enjoyed the KMC Dirty Harry wheels is that I never see anyone else with them on anything, much less a Tacoma. They also have a classic vibe with the big holes that look like the old buckshot-looking wheels that used to be on a lot of trucks while I was growing up. The wheels have a modern look to them and I enjoy the stance of them as well with the -12mm offset.

8. Michael Torres: ICON Alloys

Lunar Rock TRD Pro Tacoma with ICON Alloys Rebound Wheels

Wheel Details

  • Model: ICON Alloys Rebound
  • Size: 17×8.5
  • Price: ~$315/wheel

I am a fan of ICON Vehicle Dynamics. I currently have their Stage 10 ICON Suspension that makes my ride smooth like butter. With rocking their ICON Rebound Wheels, it just compliments the overall look of my Tacoma. No matter how rowdy and dirty they get on the trail, I can always count on my wheels giving me the perfect shot.

9. Ferras Atoui: Stealth Custom Series

Black Stealth Custom Series BR6 Toyota Tacoma

Wheel Details

  • Model: BR6
  • Size: 17×9 | -38mm Offset
  • Price: ~$300/wheel

Among the SCS line, this model isn’t as common as the Ray 10s. I’m a big fan of the simplicity and color of these wheels. It’s awesome that you can get the SCS decal in various colors to match your trim color! Also, the faux bead lock ring helps with keeping my valve stem protected.

10. Konrad Chojnowski: Relations Race Wheels

Wheel Details

  • Model: RR6-H
  • Size: 17×8.5 | -12mm Offset
  • Price: ~$295/wheel

As soon as I first laid eyes on a set of Relations Race Wheels RR6s, I knew that these were the only wheels I wanted to run on my truck. They look incredible, and the hybrid option is a huge feature. The ability to run one wheel in three different ways is great. You can run just the wheel, the wheel with a protection ring, or you can even add the true beadlock ring. The setup as you see above is a -12mm offset with an additional 1.25″ wheel spacer. Totals at almost -50mm offset, but it looks so good!

Final Thoughts

Black SCS F5 17x9 -38mm Offset on Toyota Tacoma

What a great group of trucks to showcase for Taco Tuesday! Aftermarket wheels definitely help separate your rig from others, all while giving you some added benefits. Plus, who doesn’t love the stealthy look of black wheels? I hope you all gained some inspiration on what style of a wheel may look good on your Tacoma!

If you want to be featured for Taco Tuesday, submit your build through Next week’s Taco Tuesday will be featuring Lo-Pro Bumpers that Tacoma owners are running and what they like about them. We’re looking for sweet rides to showcase! If this is you and you love your setup, send in your details because we want to see it.

Thanks for reading guys. I’ll see you next week!

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