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View Poll Results: Choose your Wheel Option( if you chose Option 3 or 4 tell us why)
I run 15's because that's what came stock on my truck 19 22.62%
I run 16's because that's what came stock on my truck 27 32.14%
I went from 16" Wheels to 15" Wheels 17 20.24%
I went from 15" Wheels to 16" Wheels 21 25.00%
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post #31 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-18-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing wrong with stock wheels...I am cheap so I bought one wheel a month for 4 months, then had them mounted up to my new tires. Sure made it a lot easier than coughing up $500 at once.
This might be the route I have to go. I'm flat busted at the moment & christmas is right around the corner. This clutch change is gonna drain all the extra money I've got for the month. I'm going to slowly tuck a few bucks here & a few bucks there away so i can this this stuff done already.

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I currently run the stock 16" stars on my 01 Taco.
But I have been looking and waiting to get the Land Cruiser's 16x8s that fit the later model Tacos. The FZJ80 models (early 90s) will work on the Taco fine.
Plus I love the look it gives as a big Hotwheel



If not those, then I would get Wheeler's - either their 15s or 16s
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had to go from factory 15's to 16's to clear tundra front calipers
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So far, according to the poll, nobody went from 16" Wheels to 15's. Hmm...

If you did, how do you like it?

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I went from 15's to 16's when I put in the tundra brakes. It all works great for me.

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Another Tundra brake modder....15 to 16 for me.

I also like the added tire choices although many of the 16 inch tires are of a higher load range since that tire size is made for larger heavier trucks.
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I went from 15" wheels and 33x10.5 to both 17" and 35x12.5s and 16" and 315s for my winters. Fitting the tundra brakes was well worth it. The Wheeler's wheels are a great option ... They'll clear the 231mm Tundra Calipers as well if you decide to go that route in the future.

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All this 15" - 16" talk... this may have been covered somewhere else on this forum, but does anyone know if the first gen alloys (mid-late '80's) will fit an '05 Taco? I have a sport with 17's, but hate the idea of buying those tires when needed. I would prefer to pick up a set of 16's or 15's. I have a pretty good line on 15's, so they would be the easiest to come by.

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Not all 15" rims will fit, there is a list on Yotatech, or maybe it's on ttora somewhere, of 15's that will fit. I think other stock toyota 15" wheels fit
does anyone know where this list exists? i am trying to figure out if i can fit 15's on my '04 before buying them.

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does anyone know where this list exists? i am trying to figure out if i can fit 15's on my '04 before buying them.
From what I've read, you'll be able to fit 15's as long as you don't have the old school VSC traction control bullshit.

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does anyone know where this list exists? i am trying to figure out if i can fit 15's on my '04 before buying them.
List of 15" and 16" Wheels for Tacomas

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thanks guys, i think that cleared things up for me.

reading through all of that it looks like i should probably try used wheels on before reaching into my pocket.

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How about some photos of your Wheels and specify the size & backspacing of them. That way we can get an idea of what each one will look like & fit.

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I'm mainly just answering the "Why go from 16s to 15s?" So, I doubt this will help especially since I doubt you can get these rims.

Anyway, I went with 15s, per discussed earlier, I wanted to save some $$$ on tires.

So I did some research and what gave me hope was what this guy posted up:

http://parksoffroad.com/tacomamods/l...ireswheels.htm

So I bought a set and went through the same crap he did with people telling me they would not fit.

But a picture says a thousand words:









The calipers come REAL close but they clear.

Those rims are Pro Comp 15x8 Steelies Series 87 with 3.75 backspacing.

As mentioned before I don't think you can get these rims anymore so you might have to go with what wheelers offroad has.

This is all a mute point now that I went with a pre-taco truck, for my wheeling rig.

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I'm mainly just answering the "Why go from 16s to 15s?" So, I doubt this will help especially since I doubt you can get these rims.

Anyway, I went with 15s, per discussed earlier, I wanted to save some $$$ on tires.

So I did some research and what gave me hope was what this guy posted up:


Those rims are Pro Comp 15x8 Steelies Series 87 with 3.75 backspacing.

As mentioned before I don't think you can get these rims anymore so you might have to go with what wheelers offroad has.

This is all a mute point now that I went with a pre-taco truck, for my wheeling rig.

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Nice!! What size tires are those? I know it sounds silly but, I have no idea what bolt pattern I need to have to fit my 04....could you clue me in?

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Those are 32x11.50r15 BFG MT KM1s, as far as the bolt pattern, you are looking at a 6 lug on a 5.5 bolt pattern.
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I'm running 16's mainly because... well... it's what i've always had. The same style on my truck as well.

Originally i went from 235/75/15 on my old 92 to 265/75/16 because 33's were too much for me at the time.

Then when i got my taco, i didnt want 33x10.5's anymore because I wanted to go a little bigger, but i wasnt ready for 35's. So i went back to 16's again for the 255/85/16. Once the 255/85's were dead, i went to the q78-16 since it was perfectly sized for what i was looking for at the time.

During the time of having the q78-16 tire/wheel combo I went to an FJ80 rear end (disc, elocker, etc etc.) and now i cant go back to 15's. I almost went to 17's because i wanted to go 37's, but opted back into 35's again (315/75/16).
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I've been thinking about going from 16s to 15s mostly because from what I have seen, 15 inch wheels are lighter, and the tires are lighter than comparable sized 16 inch tires. seems like a lighter combo,would be better when increaseing from a stock sized tire.
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15 to 16 (X 8)

because metric tires tend to run taller...
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Ok, so I've decided to go with 15's so I can save money on tires when I have to replace them. That and my tire options open up a bit.

Now I have to figure out if I want 15x8 or 15x10's..... Would the 15x10's not be a good idea?


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i just bought a set of 15x10" pro comps with 4.75 back spacing. im getting the general red letter 35x12.5"s in about a week or two, but with it, even though i hated to buy them was some 1/2" wheel spacers just in case the tires rubbed the uca or frame really bad. i would just have to put the spacers on untill i could get some less back spaced rims being a daily driver. i bought my truck with some bling blingin 18" weld racing chrome wheels an i hate the way they look! and plus the price of tires goes down a mere $125 a tire! so i guess the price of tires and the beefier sidewall is why ive decided to go to 15"s, well 18 to 15"s

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Now I have to figure out if I want 15x8 or 15x10's..... Would the 15x10's not be a good idea?
To me I would think 8" wide rims allow you to put on various width tires. Where with 10" rims might limit you.

I've put 9.50, 10.50, 11.50 and 12.50" tires on 8" rims.

Again just my opinion, the narrower the tires you have the less chance you have with them rubbing in the wheel well because they can tuck up in the well, unless you are at full steer.

What kind of wheeling do you plan to do? Wider tires have better floatation in mud and sand, where narrower tires help with traction in the rocks.
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16's allow for bigger brakes, which are needed with larger tires.
no brainer, IMO.

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To me I would think 8" wide rims allow you to put on various width tires. Where with 10" rims might limit you.

I've put 9.50, 10.50, 11.50 and 12.50" tires on 8" rims.

Again just my opinion, the narrower the tires you have the less chance you have with them rubbing in the wheel well because they can tuck up in the well, unless you are at full steer.

What kind of wheeling do you plan to do? Wider tires have better floatation in mud and sand, where narrower tires help with traction in the rocks.
You answered my question... I will go with 15 x 8's then.

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more tires come in a 15 . more options . i put 15x10s on my 01 tacoma , got them from wheelers.com
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To me I would think 8" wide rims allow you to put on various width tires. Where with 10" rims might limit you.

I've put 9.50, 10.50, 11.50 and 12.50" tires on 8" rims.
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i replaced my 15" wheels with 16"s for the pricing, ply, and more tread options.
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Based off this list: ----> http://ttora.com/wiki/index.php/Tire...eels_that_FIT: the 15x8 with 3.3125 Backspacing Mickey Thompson Classic II's should fit. When I called the Mickey Thompson Technical, Applications & Warrenty phone number(330-928-9092 x4) a guy told me that the MT Classic II's wouldn't fit my 04 Tacoma. Now I'm not knowing what to do apart from order one wheel and see if the damn thing fits...and I Don't want to go that route. Does anyone on here know?

I was looking at the 15x8 Black MT Classic II's with 3-5/16 Backspacing

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http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/tacomawheels.htm

I know that these will fit. The type B's have 4" backspacing and stick out just a tad bit more than the type A's. I went from the stock wheels like you have now to the type B's.

And just for your poll info, I went from the 15" type B to a 17" wheel, because most of the large (larger than 35's) modern radial tires are starting to move away from a 15. I couldn't find a decent 37" tire other than a Super Swamper or a Pit Bull. As long as you don't go to some obscenely large tire size then the 15's should be fine.

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