What Tire Sizes Fit Best On A Third-Generation Toyota Tacoma?
July 8, 2022
Third-Gen Toyota Tacoma Tire Fitment Guide
One of the biggest questions we get at TrailBuilt is "what is the biggest tire I can fit on my [so and so] vehicle?" So, in the latest of a series of wheel and tire fitment pieces we've done, today we'll answer the question of "How big of a tire can I fit on my third-gen Tacoma?"
We'll start by going over the largest size tire you can fit on the Tacoma's stock height suspension, with and without trimming. Then, we'll cover the largest size possible on a leveling kit with and without trimming. From there, we'll look at what size tires are possible with several inches of lift without a body mount chop, and the largest size tire you can fit with four-plus inches of lift and a body mount chop. Join us below as we show you how to build your Tacoma right the first time!
Table Of Contents:
What Is The Biggest Tire You Can Fit On A Stock Toyota Tacoma?
We'll begin with the Tacoma's stock suspension here. The largest tire you can fit on a stock Tacoma without any rubbing or trimming will be a 265/75 on a 16-inch wheel, or a 265/70 on a 17-inch wheel.
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What Is the Biggest Tire You Can Fit On a Leveled Toyota Tacoma?
The largest tire for a Tacoma with a leveling or spacer kit will be relative, depending on the height of the lift. For a two-inch leveling kit, a 275/75 tire on a 16-inch wheel and a 275/70 on a 17-inch wheel seem to clear without any significant issues. For a three-inch complete lift, the 285/75 on a 16-inch wheel or a 285/70 on a 17-inch wheel will also clear without any issues.
Remember here that every tire and wheel size, along with the tire's tread pattern, will be different depending on the brand and model you go with. So, your exact tire and wheel setup may vary depending on the actual true overall diameter of the tire and the offset of the wheel.
How To Avoid Interference Problems While Running Large Tires on a Stock Tacoma
A common issue with running stock wheels and oversized tires are interference problems with the upper control arms due to the wheel's width. Pushing the wheel and tire outwards and away from the vehicle by increasing the wheel's negative offset allows enough room for the tire to clear the Tacoma's upper control arms and its suspension, brake calipers, and steering components without any interference.
How To Avoid Tire Rubbing On Your Toyota Tacoma
One thing to watch out for, though, is that the more negative offset you add to your wheels, the more likely you are to cause rubbing on things like your inner fender liner, body mounts, panel caps, mud flaps, or splash guards. Fender mount brackets and the fenders themselves may be affected by this as well.
For example, if you run a 285/70 tire on a 17-inch wheel with a Zero offset on a three-inch lift, there might be some minor rubbing on the inner fender liner. To avoid this, heat it slightly with a heat gun and push it back a bit, and that should be all you need to avoid any issues with this setup. However, once you start pushing that tire out with about a -12mm wheel offset, you'll start rubbing the tire on the rocker caps and possibly the front part of the fender while turning at full lock-to-lock. More involved trimming may need to be done there.
If the plan is to push the tires even further out as you would with a -38mm offset, even with the same size tire and a three-inch lift you might still be looking at major trimming to the fenders, mud flaps, and cab body - you might even need to perform a body mount chop.
What Tire Sizes Need A Body Mount Chop On The Toyota Tacoma?
Body mount chops are exactly what they sound like, and anyone that has a basic understanding of fabricating and welding can perform one, or even a relocation of the front cab mounts to eliminate any possible interference with larger-size tires. On a stock suspension, all the way up to three inches of lift and zero offset wheels, a tire that's about 32 inches (or about 275/70) will start to get very close or even borderline to having to trim back that cab mount.
What Size Tires Can You Fit On a Toyota Tacoma With a 4-inch Lift?
With four inches of suspension lift on a zero-offset wheel, you'll be able to fit anything smaller than a 33-inch tall tire without major trimming modifications. There will be some minor rubbing and trimming that may be needed, but plan on trimming back the cab body mount, firewall, and parts of the inner liner and fender. Once you start getting tires on there that are taller than 33 inches, or about 285/75 and larger, the rubbing gets even worse, especially the more negative offset wheel you go with.
If you want to go with a 35-inch tall tire, you'll need an aggressive cab mount chop or even a relocation of the cab mount. You'll need to trim your fenders up pretty high and have adjustable suspension to play with ride height and quality, not to mention regearing the truck. This will be a requirement because of how big and heavy the 35s are for a 3.5-liter V6. With this size, you can also forget about fitting a spare tire in the mounting location, because anything above a 34-inch tire won't fit unless you do some minor mods.
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What Is The Best Tire Size For A Third-Gen Toyota Tacoma Off-Road Build?
To us though, if you're willing to spend some extra coin on the suspension and bigger meats (and fuel), then the 35's and larger will look the best and are the most proportional on third-gen Tacoma models.
If you still want an aggressive look but don't want to completely redesign your Tacoma to do so, or maybe use it as a daily driver that often hits the dirt on the weekends, then a three-inch lift kit and set of 33-inch tires is the best way to go.
If you're a bit conservative all the way around and just want to bolt on a set of wheels and tires for some added performance and aesthetics, then a leveling kit with some 275/70 tires will be the best option for you.
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Keep in mind that this is just a guideline, and tire heights can vary quite a bit from one manufacturer to the other even though they may be labeled for the same height. So, a great resource to use to find out what worked best for the others is by checking out our Toyota Tacoma wheel and tire fitment gallery.
Other than that, be sure to check out our inventory and get the set of wheels and tires to fit your Tacoma, and reach out to us at any time if you need help finding the right size and brand. We'll see you out on the trails!