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Wheels and Tires

Updated: May 4, 2020

Let's have a look at the wheel and tires set up we chose for our Toyota Tacoma TRD off-road:

The most important modification that you do to your overland vehicle without a doubt is to upgrade the stock wheels and tires. One can become easily overwhelmed when reading through all of the various sizes and makes available, especially as the market has grown considerably over the past few years. From our perspective, we wanted to keep our selection aligned with the well-rounded ethos of the rest of our build and thus established a few key criteria given the remote, lengthy, and exotic nature of our expedition.

The tires had to be:

  • Durable and puncture resistant over rough roads, road debris, sharp rocks, etc

  • Able to last over 60,000 miles (~100,000km) before needing replacement

  • Provide enhanced ground clearance for off-road purposes

  • Comfortable and quiet on highway journeys

  • Have a minimal negative impact on fuel economy

  • Provide excellent traction on a variety of off-road and on-road surfaces including sand, wet roads, snow, gravel, and mud

  • Not such a large diameter that they had a major impact on the gearing/ drivability of the truck

  • Able to not rub on the wheel wells throughout the entire steering lock to lock and under off-road conditions

  • Affordable, less than $200 per tire

  • Readily available in most countries in the world

  • Be E rated to handle the extra weight of the camper

After thoroughly evaluating all of the options on the market, we chose to run the tried and true BF Goodrich K02s in the E rated 265/75/16 size. The K02s are all-terrain tire so they are designed to handle our wide variety of demands while being comfortable, affordable, and easy to source replacements. The overall diameter of the new tire size is about 1 inch (25.4mm) larger than the OEM size which slightly increases ground clearance without significantly degrading on-road performance. We mounted the K02s on a set of 2019 Toyota TRD Pro wheels which are ½ inch (1.25cm) narrower than the stock wheels, and have 4mm offset that results in both slightly taller sidewalls as well as a wider track. The TRD Pro wheels come in a beautiful gloss black finish which nicely compliments the color scheme of our rig.

Build List:

BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A K02 265/75/16 E rated $194.99 per tire

TRD Pro 16in Alloy Wheel Gloss Black $223.75 per wheel

TRD Wheel Lock Set $37.50

TRD Pro Center Cap Gloss Black $17.50 per wheel

P. S. Don't go to extreme, like this guy we saw in New Orleans :)

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