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    The Ultimate Toyota Tundra Wheel & Tire Guide

    The Ultimate Toyota Tundra Wheel & Tire Guide

    One of the best ways to customize any vehicle is to swap out the wheels for something unique. With the Toyota Tundra, there are quite a few aftermarket options to make your truck either the best off-road machine or the best ride in the parking lot. There are some things that you should know if you plan on changing out your stock wheels, so let’s get into it.

    Stock Tundra Wheel Sizes

    From 2000 to now, Tundra has come out with a few different sizes of wheels depending on the year and trim level of your Tundra. While different sized tires can fit on stock wheels, it’s best to check your manual to see what size you should have. I’ll get into why that’s important in a second.

    Tundra Lug Patters

    Your lug pattern is important to know when considering wheels. Thankfully the Tundra is a bit easier to know which you have compared to the smaller Tacoma. If your Tundra is a first-generation (2000 - 2006), then you have a 6 lug 5.5 inch or 139.7mm Medium Offset. If you have a second or third-generation (2007 - present), you have a 5 lug 150mm High Positive Offset

    Lug Torque

    While I may be getting ahead of myself, these are some good numbers to know.

    PROBLEMS WITH BIGGER TIRES

    Let’s face it: bigger tires on a truck just look better. Thankfully, Toyota leaves us some room to expand from the wimpy factory rubber, but just how much is too much?

    Speedometer Calibration

    The speed and mileage of your vehicle are calculated by the number of rotations your tire makes. All of this is based upon factory specs. If you intend on going larger, your speedometer and odometer will no longer be accurate.

    Let’s have an example. Your 2014 Tundra has stock tires that are 255/70R18, but you put 285/60R20s on instead. Your speedometer will read 50 MPH, but you’re actually going 52.2 MPH. While that may not seem like such a big issue, that will add up over time if you drive your truck quite a bit. Let’s not forget that some police officers may be looking for just that little bit over! You can solve all this by getting your Tundra reprogrammed for the new tire size.

    Power Loss

    A more noticeable issue with larger tires is a loss of power. When you increase the diameter of your wheel, you effectively decrease your rear axle ratio. This will cause a reduction of torque upon acceleration.

    Lift Kits and Spacers: How High can you go?

    While higher may be better, unfortunately, the sky is not the limit in this case. Everything on our Tundras is made to fit well from the factory. Eventually, you will have to lift, change wheels, or trim away parts of your truck to get things fitting. 

    If you lift your truck, you can get away with bigger tires. Here is a list that covers the maximum tire size that you can get away with based on your generation of truck, wheel size, and the amount of lift you have.

    Legal Note: If your wheels and tires are wide enough to where they extend beyond the body of your truck, you may have to buy fender flares to cover the excess protrusion. Some states in the US require wheels to be covered. Check with your state laws to be on the safe side.

    * At this point, you might have to look into trimming your truck in some places to get the best fit.

    POPULAR TUNDRA TIRE OPTIONS

    There are an insane amount of options to choose from when it comes to wheels and tires. Tires are a bit more “need focused.” Choosing a tire comes down to some factors such as cost, use, and availability. Let’s go over some popular options that Tundra users like.

    Nitto Grappler Series

    This isn’t one tire exactly, but the family of Nitto Grappler tires is very popular with the Tundra community. They have eight different tread patterns designed to meet any terrain you can think of. Their Terra Grappler and Terra Grappler G2 tires are the popular all-terrain options that they offer. They are around $200 per tire, but they give great results.

    Cooper Discoverer ST MAXX

    While around $220 per tire, these tires are designed tough terrain.  Due to that, some have complained that they didn’t last as long as they would have liked on the highway, but keep in mind that tires should be purchased for their intended purpose. That aside, they are still a very popular option.

    Toyo Open Country A/T II (AT2)

    For around $170, these are some good all-terrain options for your truck. If you want to do some mild off-roading, go to the grocery store, and not break the bank all in one day, then this could be the option for you.

    BFGoodrich KO2

    This is sort of a staple for trucks, especially on 16-inch wheels. These are an all-around good tire that can handle almost anything, and they are long-lasting. They are extremely popular options, and you can find them for around $200 per tire.

    There are tons of options. It all depends on budget and taste. If you can lift your truck, you have more options. If you can get new wheels, you have more options. As long as you keep in mind the speedometer and odometer changes, as well as potential rubbing issues if you go too big, then you'll be fine.

    Wheel Offset

    This has been mentioned a couple of times, and it has probably come up in your research. So, what is it?  Wheel offset is the distance from the wheels hub mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. There are three types, and they are measured in millimeters.

    1. Zero Offset: The mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel
    1. Positive Offset: The mounting surface is located in the front half of the wheel closer to the wheel face. 
    1. Negative Offset: The mounting surface is located in the back half of the wheel closer to the back lip flange.

    POPULAR TUNDRA WHEEL OPTIONS

    Now that we have all the boring terminology out of the way, let’s talk about wheel options! This is definitely going to come down to personal taste. What looks good to you, might look terrible to the next person. However, here are some popular options that many Tundra owners like.

    TRD Pro Wheels

    Wheels are not cheap, and these definitely are not. However, they will give your truck a beefier look without the big price difference of the TRD trim. You can get these Tundra TRD Pro Wheels on Amazon for about $650 per wheel, and these will fit the 2007 and up models. These are the 2019+ style. You can find the previous generation wheels for about $280 each.

    Fuel Anza

    While Fuel makes a few popular Tundra wheels, the Anza seems to be liked a lot by many. It is a sleek, five-spoke design that has an aggressively subtle look. They can be found for around $250 each, and you can select different color options. Let’s be real: black looks great.

    Ballistic Jester

    If you want something a bit more flashy, but also something that won’t break the bank, the Ballistic Jester wheels might be the best for you. You have a few different color options with these, and you can find them for around $150 each.

    Moto Metal

    Like the Jesters, if you want flash for not a lot of cash, the Moto Metal is a good pick. With different styles, you can find something that gives your truck the look you want. At around $150-$180 each, it’s also a good buy.

    In closing, there are a ton of options out there for you and your truck. Now that you have the knowledge, get out there and find what works for you and your budget! 

    Image Credits:

    Nitto Grappler - Courtesy of Tundras user chphilo

    Cooper Discoverer - Courtesy of Tundras user tat2ude39

    Toyo AT2 - Courtesy of Tundras user vierra4

    BFG KO2 - Courtesy of Tundras user chuggy35

    TRD Pro - Coutresy of SaltWire

    Fuel Anza - Courtesy of Tundras user FunkinTundra

    Ballistic Jester - Courtesy of Tundras.com

    Moto Metal - Courtesy of Caliwheels

    Top 20 Mods & Accessories Under $300 For 3rd Gen Tundras

    Top 20 Mods & Accessories Under $300 For 3rd Gen Tundras

    For the last few years we've devoted all of our love to Tacomas here at Emypre Off Road, mostly, because that's what I currently own. However, I've had countless people reach out on forums, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms asking me to start writing about and selling Tundra products.

    Well, 2019 is the year for us to get into that market, so here's the first post of many to come. As you well know, Toyota Tundra trucks are just as popular as Tacomas and like their little brother, Tundra owners love to mod out their trucks. Here is a great list of Toyota Tundra modifications and accessories you can buy and install to give you truck a little flair and personalization. Most of these mods and ideas come from the pros on forums and Facebook groups, some of which are my dear friends. If your Tundra is a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019, 2020 or 2021 this post is for you!

    So, let's dive right in...

    TRD Pro Grille ($219.99)

    It’s the first thing everyone sees, so why have a factory one like everyone else? I don’t make ones for Tundras yet, but there are dozens of options out there. Find one that fits your style. One of our favorites is the TRD Pro grille that you can find right here at Empyre Off Road.

    Cali Raised LED Side Projection Ditch Lights (About $115)

    Ditch lights are a great way to help you turn day into night for that serious off roading, or just driving down the driveway of your ranch at night. There are multiple options you can select, but a basic kit is around $115.

    Cali Raised Replacement LED Fog Light Pods ($120) 

    The factory fog lights are garbage compared to the substantially brighter, more durable, and longer lasting LED options that Cali offers. More subtle than ditch lights, these LEDs will make certain you see what’s in front of you.

    Cali Raised Lower Bumper LED Light ($270) 

    If you simply need more light, this stealthy bar is perfect. It gives a sleek factory look when you don’t need it, and light-up-the-night performance when you do with a choice of spot or combo beam options.

    Vinyl Tailgate Inserts ($15)

    For very little, you can make your Tundra pop by adding some colored vinyl inserts to the letters on your tailgate. I offer a lifetime warranty on mine. 

    Pop & Lock Power Tailgate Lock ($94)

    Forget about remembering to use your key to lock your tailgate. Match this with a tonneau cover, and your cargo is safe or accessible with just the press of a button.

    Spidertrax Wheel Spacers ($130)

    When size matters on a budget, these spacers give an excellent and cost effective way to widen your ride. The extra width gives an impressive stance over the factory setup, but you get to keep your factory wheels.

    OEM Bed Mat ($100) 

    Bed mats are an easy way to keep your stuff from rolling around. There are plenty of options, but you can’t go wrong with OEM for something like this.

    Gator Tri Fold Tonneau ($219)

    I have covered all the basics about different types of covers for your trucks, and here is one that I recommend. It’s inexpensive, effective, and looks good. What more could you want?

    Husky Floor Liners ($179)

    Keep your feet planted and the mess off your carpet with quality mats. Husky offers multiple options depending on your budget and style.

    Deck Rail System ($208)

    These are a lifesaver if you use your bed frequently for different utilities. It’s the perfect companion for storage assistance and accessory mounting.

    Black-Out Badges ($140)

    If you don’t want decals, these solid emblems will replace your factory ones with a set of sleek black ones. If you like dark, these are for you.

    Rear Sway Bar ($233) 

    Visual stuff is great, but performance is better. Enhance your factory handling characteristics with an easy to install sway bar to help beef things up.

    Escort Passport 8500X50 ($129)

    Trucks a great off road, but a top speed of around 110 mils per hour can get you into trouble. This is a highly reviewed average detector. It may give you some false readings, but it's better than breaking the bank. Be safe.

    Door Sill Protectors ($34)

    You want to protect your truck inside and out, and these help prevent scuffs and scraps that happen daily. Of course, you’ll remember what you’re driving, because “TUNDRA” is molded into each one!

    Door Sill Protector Decals ($11)

    If you find the letters in your door sills are hard to read, these will give it an extra pop. Match your paint, or get a color that compliments your exterior.

    Center Console Organizer ($29)

    I don’t remember how half the stuff in my console got there, but with one of these, I’ll at least be able to keep it all organized. You’ll be shocked at the world of difference this simple tray makes.

    Under Seat Storage ($225)

    If your console isn’t enough, make use of the storage room under your seat with these compartments. It’s a great place to hide what you don’t want wandering eyes to see.

    Tyger Nerf Bars ($289)

    Jump into your Tundra in style with these textured side step rails that not only give you a leg up on your friend’s trucks, but they help protect the underside when you’re rock crawling. 

    Pioneer Stereo Upgrade With Apple Car Play ($290)

    In a previous post, I covered all types of stereo options. A good one for your Tundra is this Pioneer unit with almost every app and option you can think of, including Apple CarPlay.

    Your truck, your style. There are tons of inexpensive options to make your truck stand out from purely cosmetic, to function and performance as well. You don’t need to break the bank to stand apart, and these are some great ways for you to get started.

    Please keep in mind that prices fluctuate daily on Amazon/eBay and the prices represented above are accurate as the day of this posting.

    * Please note that some of these links are Amazon affiliate links and we make a small commission if you purchase the product.