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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Zero Offset: The mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel
- Positive Offset: The mounting surface is located in the front half of the wheel closer to the wheel face.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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