5th Gen Mods, Off-Road

Largest Tire Size on 5th Gen 4Runner

Updated 12/1/20 / Read Time: 12 mins

Cooper Tires EVO MT 35s on 5th Gen 4Runner

What are the Biggest Tires you can run on 4Runner (Stock, Lift Kit, and Leveling Kit) – Largest Tire Size on 4Runner Explained

We have had a few questions on the biggest tires you can fit on your 4Runner. Asking this question on a forum might get you a few snarky comments, but it is welcomed over here. We got this question again and figured we should probably write something about it.

If you are asking yourself what the largest tire you can fit on your stock 4Runner is, you will find it here. If you want to know what the largest tire size you can fit with a lift or leveling kit is, we are also going to be covering this.

This should serve as your complete guide to the 4Runners tire size (for most people anyway). If you have any questions about tire size on your stock, leveled, or lifted 4Runner, you are in a safe place. There are no forum trolls on this page waiting to bark at you for asking one of the most common questions in off-road history.

I had these question at one point as well:

  • How big can I go?
  • Do I want to go as large as possible?
  • What are the benefits of going bigger?
  • What are the downsides of going bigger?
  • At what point do I need a BMC (Body Mount Chop)
  • Should I keep my stock wheels?
  • What is the best wheel size for Off-Road use?
  • What are the best All-Terrain tires?

The most common questions about Tire Size:

  • Largest Size Tires on Stock 4Runner?
  • Largest Size Tires with Leveling Kit?
  • Largest Size Tires with Lift Kit?

17″ Wheel/Tire Options (Examples for Rubbing Vs. Non-Rubbing)

  • 265/70/17 (31.61″ – Stock 4Runner Size) (7-9″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
  • 255/75/17 (32.06″ – 6.5-8.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
  • 275/70/17 (32.16″ – 7-8.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
  • 285/70/17 (32.71″ – 7.5-9″ Space Needed) – Questionable (BMC Might be Needed)
  • 305/65/17 (32.61″ – 8.5-11″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 255/80/17 (33.06″ – 6.5-8.5″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 305/70/17 (33.81″ – 8-9.5″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 285/75/17 (33.83″ – 7.5-9.5″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
  • 35X12.5R17 (34.76″) – Yes, you guessed it – Adjustments/Mods Needed

18″ Wheel/Tire Options (Examples for Rubbing Vs. Non-Rubbing)

  • 265/65/18 (31.56″ – Close to Stock) (7.5-9.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
  • 275/65/18 (32.07″ – 7.5-9.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
  • 285/65/18 (32.59″ – 8-10″ Space Needed) – Questionable (BMC Might be Needed)
  • 295/65/18 (33.10″ – 8-10″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed

20″ Wheel/Tire Options (Examples for Rubbing Vs. Non-Rubbing)

  • 245/60/20 (31.57″ – Stock) (7-8.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
  • 275/55/20 (31.91″ – 7.5-9.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
  • 285/50/20 (32.22″ – 8-10″ Space Needed) – Questionable (BMC Might be Needed)
  • 285/55/20 (32.34″ – 8-10″ Space Needed) – Questionable (BMC Might be Needed)
  • 275/65/20 (32.99″ – 7.5-9.5″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed

Resources and Guides: 

The best resource out there for checking tire sizes and exact diameter measurements are tirerack.com and Tacomaworld.com (Tire Calculator). You can use both of these websites to check your tire size diameter and height and width to make sure the tire will clear your mud flaps, body mounts, fender liners, body plastics, firewalls, and pinch welds/seems.

You should always consult with these websites before you go larger on tires. One of the most important aspects of buying new wheels is the correct width and offset as well as backspacing.

If you don’t do your research on Width, Offset and Backspacing, you will learn how to do a body mount chop and trim multiple areas of your wheel well. But this is also not a bad thing, either.

Body mount chops are nothing to be afraid of. Once the edge of the body mount is cut off, you paint over a new piece of metal and it looks factory again. When and if you go to sell your 4Runner, it’s likely no one will notice.

How to Check Tire Size and Wheel Size Fitment

Treadwright Mud Terrain Tires

Recommended Wheel & Tire Size for the 4Runner

Option 1: ToyoTires.com

If you are looking to figure out if a wheel fits a tire size, head over to ToyoTires.com.

They have a really good “recommended” wheel size for whatever tire size you enter. Go to ToyoTires.com and enter in your tire size. From there, Toyo will give a list of their tires. Select a tire that you have or are considering and then you will see a section labeled “APPROVED RIM WIDTH RANGE (IN.)”. This will give you a range of wheel sizes that are compatible with the tire size you enter.

From there, you see what wheel sizes will fit that tire. If you do not see your wheel size there, that doesn’t mean it won’t fit. It just means that it is not “recommended”. What does this mean? Maybe the tire company will not warranty the tire if some type of defect occurs. In any case, call your local tire shop for details on this one.

Option 2: TireSize.com

If you have any questions about the recommended wheel size for a certain tire size, what I usually do is visit the Tire Size website and search the tire size. From there, it will tell you what the recommended wheel size is for that tire size.

Go to TireSize.com > Search your size > Find the “Generally they are approved to be mounted on “X” wide wheels.

  • Example: 235/80/17
    • https://tiresize.com/tiresizes/235-80R17.htm
    • Recommended wheel size: Generally 235/80/17 are approved to be mounted on 6-7.5″ wide wheels.
    • TRD Off-Road Wheels: 7.5″ width.
    • 235/80/17 will work with the TRD Off-Road Wheels.

When Choosing Wheels (Look at these specs):

Cooper Evolution M/T (Mud Terrain) Tires

Our wheel specs: 

  • Bolt Pattern: 5th Gen = 6×139.7mm or 6×5.5
  • Wheel Bore: 5th Gen = 106mm
  • Offset (-offset pushes the wheel out giving you a wider stance. +offset pulls wheel into the wheel well)
  • Backspace (Similar to offset – the space between center tire and inside wheel)
  • Rating (Weight rating wheels were designed for)
  • Weight (lb)
  • Lug Type (tapered “conical” and radiused)
  • LipSize (in)

Here is a good guide on offset and backspace to help you understand the differences.

Note: When shopping for a wheel, I look for a wheel with at least a -6mm offset or higher. Maybe a -10mm or even higher offset. This is going to push your wheel out of your wheel well which may eliminate the need for wheel spacers, but not always, all while providing a wider stance.

An extreme example of offset is the -38mm SCS (Stealth Custom Series) F5. That is going to push your wheel out of the well 1.5″ which is a lot. Most wheels are going to come in a 0mm, -6mm (.2″) or -10mm (.4″) offset. If you buy a wheel at this offset and are looking for a very wide stance, you want to add a set of wheel spacers to widen your stance even more.

Stock wheel size on our 5th Gen

  • The SR5 comes stock with 17 x 7, 4.5″ backspace.
  • The TEP (Trail), the TRD Pro, and the TRD Off-Road come with 17 x 7.5″ and a 4.875″ backspace.
  • The Limited Edition comes with 20 x 7 with a 4.5″-inch backspace. 

Largest Tire Size on 5th Gen 4Runner?

Mud Terrain Tires

Stock 4Runner?

The short answer is 32″. Our stock 4Runner has a 31″ tire (265/70R17 – 31.61″). Making the jump to a small 32″ tire should be fine on stock suspension. You want to make sure this is a smaller 32″ tire and not a larger 32″ tire. Some 32″ tires measure closer to 33″ tires.

For example, a 32.06 is basically a 32″ tire, while a 32.79 is closer to a 33″ tire. If you get a 32″ tire that is closer to 33″, you may end up doing a BMC and other modifications like a fender liner push back to ensure your tires will not rub without a leveling kit. If you want a larger tire, you should really look into a leveling kit or lift kit, though.

Most owners make the jump to a 33″ tire (285/70R17 – 32.71″). Moving up to a 33″ tire requires a leveling kit or a lift kit. If you have 3″ of lift in the front, then moving to a 33″ tire should be fine, but there are 33″ tires that will rub even with 3″ of lift. It may seem confusing but every tire is different due to the tread pattern, and general design.

With 33″ tires and 3″ of lift, you may have some rubbing on the fender liners – which is a really easy fix that no one will notice. If you are trying to avoid trimming fender liners, BMC and other areas of the well, stay away from 34″ tires or large 33″ tires as this will absolutely cause serious rubbing all the way around. 34″ tires (285/75R17 – 33.8″) will rub on the front fender liners, and body as well as the body mounts and possibly even the firewall.

Largest Tire Size with Leveling Kit?

The largest tire size you can run with a leveling kit is entirely up to you. With a 2″ leveling kit, you may still be stuck at a small 32″ without any modifications like a BMC.

If you move up to a small 33″ (32.7″) tire with a 2″ leveling kit, you will likely need to do a fender liner push back.

Small 33″ tires are probably as big as you want to go with a 2″ leveling kit unless you want to get into more adjustments than just your fender liners. Which, at the end of the day these adjustments are not hard, they just require some testing and consistent adjusting until you no longer have rubbing.

Largest Tire Size with Lift Kit?

Most owners that have a lift kit are still at the same level of a leveling kit, but possibly up 1″. The basic suspension lift kit for a 4Runner is 3″ – 3.5″. 33″ tires are usually fine without any major modifications here, but it also depends on the exact measurements of your 33″ tires and the terrain. If you Mud Terrains with large tread blocks and lugs, you may be closer to rubbing as opposed to mild All-Terrain tires.

Small 33″ (285/70R17 – 32.71″) tires should clear fine with 3″ lift kit but if you get into 33.5″ tires or 33.7″ tires, you will need to do some adjustments for sure.

With 33″ tires, you still always run the risk of a BMC, fender liner mods and actually trimming off parts of your body. Just keep in mind, that if you go with 33″ and up, you will have a higher probability of adjustments to make.

At 34″ tires with a 3″ Icon suspension lift, we had to do numerous modifications (fender liner, body, pinch welds, rocker panel caps, etc.).

Wheel Spacers & Offset (same concept)

When you add wheel spacers, this may cause more rubbing than before. After we installed our Icon stage 2 suspension and added Spidertrax wheel spacers, we had more rubbing on the fender liners and body.

With the 2″ (50.8mm) spacers (for example), you are pushing your wheel and tire out of the well 2″.

Without spacers or little to no offset, your tires are sitting in the center of the wheel well, for example. In this position, they have plenty of room to turn inward without rubbing because your fender liners are curved inward. But, once that wheel comes out of the wheel, that outside edge of the inward curve (body and fender liners) then becomes a collision course for your tire thus causing the rubbing.

So keep in mind, the more negative (-) offset your wheels have, the more likely you are to rub on the fender liners and body plastics.

Common examples with a 3″ of kit:

  • 275/70R17s (32.16″): Rubbing unlikely
  • 285/70R17s (32.71″): Mild rubbing, fender liners and plastics, BMC likely, body trimming optional, rocker caps questionable.
  • 285/75R17s (33.8″): Prepare to trim and chop mostly everything.

With 33.8″ (34″) tires, we had to chop our body mounts, push back our fender liners, slice big sections off of our fender liners, slice sections off our rocker panel caps, new lines in our 4Runner’s body, smashed in the pinch welds, and removed the mud flaps.

It was a lot of work to get things to work and constant testing but the off-road result with 34″ tires was well worth it.  Once you get your 34″ tires to comfortably fit inside your wheel well, wow. The results are amazing. Just make sure you have an adjustable suspension (Icons, KINGS, FOX, Radflo) or any others so you have more flexibility in your adjustments.

Do I want to go as large as possible?

Not always. Going with the biggest tire you can mean that you need to cut your body mounts, trim your fender liners and cut into your 4Runner’s body. If that is something you are interested in doing, then, by all means, go all out. If we could have gone larger than 34″ tires, we would have. We likely will in the future.

What are the benefits of going big?

Having bigger tires allows you to clear more obstacles off-road. With larger tires on your 4Runner, you have more grip on all types of terrain. There is a huge difference between 33″ tires and 34″ tires and 35″ tires when you are off-road. I have had 31″ tires, 33″ tires and 34″ tires and with 34″ tires, everything is easier. It also depends on the driver and how much experience you have. Also airing down your tires has a big impact on what you can do and what your tires can grip.

What are the downsides of going big?

Gas mileage and trimming 4Runner liners and plastics. When you make the jump to 33″ and 34″ tires, you will see a decline in gas mileage. Even if you regear (change the gearing ratio), you will still see a slight decrease in gas mileage with larger tires.

The good happy-medium tire size is probably 32″ – 33″. With 33″ (285/70R17) tires, you can still trek just about anywhere you want off-road while still maintaining some decent MPGs.

A larger tire has a greater circumference. So the wheel turns fewer revolutions to go the same distance as a smaller tire.

How does that affect RPMs? 

So you’ll be increasing tire size by 10%, so you’ll decrease engine speed by 10% too. Assuming you’re running about 3000 rpm at 70 mph with the small tires, you’ll drop 10% with the big tires. 10% of 3000 is 300, so you’ll go down to 2700 rpm. Jalopyjournal.com

Re-Gearing?

Re-gearing your 4Runner is not cheap. The cost of Nitro Gears is about $1200. Depending on where you take your 4Runner, you can spend $1000-$1500 in labor. And while you have IFS apart, you might as well add a front locker. An ARB front locker is $1000. All out the door, re-gearing and locking the front diff can run you around $3500.

With 33″ tires, re-gearing is debatable. Very few guys do it. With 34″ tires, gearing is highly recommended, and most shops will recommend a gear ratio of 4.56. If you are moving to 35″ tires, you can go with 4.88s or even 5.29s. This completely subjective though and many guys will argue this point back and forth.

Just know re-gearing can get expensive but is highly worth it if you decide to go with larger tires.

At what point do I need a BMC (Body Mount Chop)

This all depends on what lift kit or leveling kit you have. In most common cases, you will want to go with 33″ tires. With 33″ tires, you need a 3″ lift in order to avoid a BMC, but not always. Once you go to 33″ tires, you will likely need to chop the body mounts.

If you only have a 2″ leveling kit with 33″ tires, you will need to do a BMC for sure.

With 34″ tires and 3″ of lift, you will need to do a BMC, trim your fender liners, push back your fender liners and cut into your 4Runner’s body.

Aftermarket UCAs (Upper Control Arms) are also recommended to get better caster (to push your wheel/tire away from the body mounts) but not always needed. For this, you want to contact a good off-road alignment shop in your area. We live in Sacramento, CA so we go to Stellar Built. They do the off-road alignment (yes it’s different), installs and much more.

Should I keep my stock Wheels?

Always a good option. There is nothing wrong with keeping your stock wheels and making the jump to bigger tires. The stock 17″ wheels are great for on-road and off-road use. Moving to an aftermarket wheel is only more expensive and oftentimes, more confusing.

If you are a first-time owner and not sure about aftermarket wheels, just grab a new set of larger tires and go experience what your 4Runner has to offer.

What is the best Wheel Size for Off-Road Use?

Typically, the smaller the wheel size, the better your off-road performance will be, but not always. When it comes to our world, 17″ wheels are probably your go-to size. You want to stay away from 20″ wheels on your 4Runner if you plan on frequent off-road trips.

When it comes to a smaller wheel size, you can air down the tire pressure further than you can with a 20″ wheel. Having less air pressure in your tires means your tire will have more flotation and grip the terrain much easier than at full PSI where the ride is stiffer.

With less air pressure, the ride will be smoother and less bumpy, all while gripping the terrain much more efficiently.

What are the best All-Terrain Tires?

The section of copy came from another post we wrote on Mods (Part 1). All these tires are based on a 285/70R17 (about 32.71″ depending on tread). Always check prices online Vs. your local tire shop. If online is cheaper, just have them shipped to your tire shop.

For the best AT tire or MT tire, Cooper offers some pretty great options for just about every driver. Of course, the BFG KO2 is a popular brand but Cooper has quickly become one of the go-to brands in the Toyota SUV/Truck market.

Check out our complete guide to buying tires – An article created from 20+ different drivers.

Most popular options linked below.

$100-$200/ per tire

  1. Yokohama Geolandar
  2. General Grabber
  3. Firestone Destination
  4. Nitto Terra Grapplers
  5. Toyo Open Country
  6. Cooper Discoverer AT3 4
  7. Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT
  8. Cooper Discoverer S/T MAXX
  9. Falken Wildpeak

$200-$500/ per tire

  1. Cooper Discoverer STT Pro
  2. BF Goodrich KO2
  3. Toyo Open Country AT 2
  4. Toyo Open Country MT 2
  5. Cooper Evolution MT
  6. Cooper Discoverer MTP
  7. Goodyear Duratrac
  8. Nitto Trail Grapplers
  9. Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

If you guys have any questions – let us know.

If you see a question asked that has not been answered – feel free to answer it.

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Ryam
Ryam
18 days ago

hello guys, i have a new 2021 4runner trd off road, now i’m planning to get a new wheels and tires. what is the biggerst/largest tires can you remmend and what is the best specs for wheels whithout doing a lift or leving kit?

Russell Wilkins
Russell Wilkins
30 days ago

Hey, I have 2019 4runner limited, with a 3inch front 2 inch rear leveling kit, just wondering what the biggest tire and offset i can go in a 17inch or 18inch rim?

Austin Defferding
Austin Defferding
2 months ago

What is the largest tire profile that is compatible with the 4Runner spare mount? At what point does a rear mounted spare become a consideration?

Eric Sumner
Eric Sumner
2 months ago

This is Eric Sumner again…My tires are 285/70/17 not 285/80/17…They BFG/K02s All Terrains…

Eric Sumner
Eric Sumner
2 months ago

Good evening. I read your article on the bilstein 6112/5160 and bought them.. What clip/setting on the 6112s do i need to clear 285/70/17 on TRD PRO RIMS? And what is the right set up for the rear with this suspension system? I’m trying to avoid any differential drops and level it out if i can.. Currently i have the front 6112s set evenly at 1 clip below the highest setting.. The Australian 24/7 YouTube experts said that you shouldn’t go any higher than 2 to 2.5 inches for 5th gen type 4runners like mine. Mine is a 2019 TRD OFF ROAD with 285/80/17 tires that came from the dealership with a 1.5 spacer lift in front to clear 285. I still get a little rubbing up front. When I go on some trails in Colorado or logging roads I want to make sure the 6112s are performing like they should. They also said that it is recommended to install UCA’s on a 2inch lift and up. What are your thoughts? Thanks for your help…

Gil
Gil
2 months ago

I’m in the market for wheels, I have a 2017 4Runner SR5 and I need to know the possible offset and width of the wheels

Troy
Troy
2 months ago

Thank you for the advice on the tire size. I just ordered what you recommended in E load. When I get a lift kit down the road in a few months I will just sell these and go bigger at that point. Great site and GREAT info. Thanks again!

Troy
Troy
2 months ago

Thank you for the reply and advice. I have a 2021 4runner TRD Offroad. I have 275/70r/17’s load rated E (BFG K02)in my discount tire shopping cart right now. From what I’ve read in your explanation on tires this would be fine for me, offering a high load rate with no rubbing or mods…does that sound right? Or would you suggest I go with something different if not doing a mod? Also I am about to go shop your links for accessories! Thanks for all the GREAT info and advice!!!

Bren
Bren
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

“I would stay at 31.7″ tire on a stock suspension if you don’t want to touch anything. With a small leveling kit or lift kit, you can go up to the 32.4″ comfortably without rubbing. But on stock, you would rub on the splash guard. You might be able to get away with running 32.4″ size if you remove the splash guards only (simply remove two 10mm bolts).”
Brenan’s words from older comment.

Best of luck!

Michael
Michael
2 months ago

Hey Brenan. Thanks so much for this detailed info. I’m brand new to the 4Runner world. I’m sorry for such a detailed question becaue maybe the answer is written in between the lines…but here’s the question: Will a tire size of 265/75/17 “fit”, meaning it will not rub? 265/70/17 is the stock and it won’t rub. I’m just looking to get “beefy” looking tires — by uping that 70 number (aspect ratio) up to 75. Would 75 work? I got a 2021 TRD Off Road Premium. I don’t even know if 265/75/17 is a tire size that’s made…but I’m assuming these manufacturers make tires in pretty much every increment.

Troy
Troy
2 months ago

Great info! New time offroader and the tire size info is very helpful to a new person looking at going bigger but not too big. Do you recommend a particular site for 4 runner accessories? Thanks again

Brian
Brian
2 months ago

Hey Brenan,
I have a ’20 limited stock and im looking for larger tires with no rub. This is my daily but I do take it camping and off road. Im just looking at adding tires and sliders, stock other than that. what tires would you suggest for the 20in wheel? I would like something that does no look like a bicycle tire…

Christian Eaton
Christian Eaton
3 months ago

Hey Brenan!

For our stock SR5, I just decided on the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W. They seem great. I looked at their specs and it shows the stock size 265/70/17 at 31.7″ circumference. However the next size up275/70/17 are 32.4″.

Do you think that this would work without any rubbing from your experience? Was hoping to get the next size up just for better off trail performance etc (which is very minimal use – 5%) without doing a lift. Your recommendation?

Christian Eaton
Christian Eaton
3 months ago

Thanks for that! 🙏 Are you certain or just conjecturing that is the only thing (mudflaps) needed to remove for that bigger size tire? Would totally go that route but wouldn’t want any bigger mods or removals than that…

Christian Eaton
Christian Eaton
3 months ago

Thanks for simplifying it! 🙏

Bob Campbell
Bob Campbell
3 months ago

If I do a 2.5 front and 2 inch rear with aftermarket UCAs do you think a BMC will be necessary to run 285/70/17? I’d rather spend more money on the lift than spend money on the BMC.

Lakota Hill
Lakota Hill
3 months ago

This topic never gets old, I have 3″ of lift on the front and 1″ lift in the rear to make my 2020 4RN level, where does this put me for largest wheel size without any major cutting?

Lakota
Lakota
3 months ago

Sorry, tire- I have the oem rim size, thx. Love your site and content.

Joseph Scott
Joseph Scott
4 months ago

33 inch tires rubb with a 2 inch Level kit Lift.
I gotta down size the tire.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

I just had a quick question. I have a 20 4Runner sr5. I just put a 2.5 day star lift on with 1.5 in the back with BFG TA ko2s and 1.25 wheel spacers. Will the tires fit with the factory wheels without the wheel spacers. I am always constantly worried about the wheel spacers. I would like to take them off.

Eric P
Eric P
4 months ago

Hello,
 
I was checking out your website…great btw, but i had a question about tire size,
have you run 235/80/17s?

I have an 18 off road premium, stock height (no lift/level) and wheels (factory), and I’m wondering if the 235s are too narrow for the wheel.
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Eric

Last edited 4 months ago by Brenan - @Trail4R
Will
Will
4 months ago

Hi All,

My name is Will and I am new to the 4Runner off-road world but looking forward to new adventures.

Got my 2020 4Runner Venture in August and absolutely love it.
However, one of the upgrades I would like to make to it is the tires.

The stock tires are Bridgestones 265/70R/17

I have been researching and narrowed it down to two tire options.
Nitto Ridge Grappler and BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A K02’s.
Based on reviews that I have seen of the two I am leaning more toward the BF Goodrich tires.

Here is what I am trying to figure out and could use some help and suggestions with…

Can I go from stock 265/70R/17 to 275/70R/17 or to 275/70R/18?
Without doing any modifications, lifts etc. and without any issues of rubbing etc.

I appreciate the feedback and hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their 4Runners :)!

Will

Hunter Lin
Hunter Lin
4 months ago

I lifted my 2020 4runner venture 3′ and I want to put federal xplora rt LT285/70/R17(32.71). Will it rub?

Joseph Scott
Joseph Scott
4 months ago
Reply to  Hunter Lin

It shouldn’t

Mathieu Couture
Mathieu Couture
5 months ago

Hello guys, Is KO2 tires will fit on a 2021 4Runner Off-Road without a lift ? will it rub ?

Joseph Scott
Joseph Scott
4 months ago

It will rubb. Better goin with a 31 inch tire. Or 32’s.
I have a 2021 and just put a 2.inch lift on front, 1 in back. And still rubs. Wit a lil cutoff did..
I think I’m going to go with a big 31, or a the smaller 32.

eric
eric
4 months ago

275/70R17 without a lift might rub? On a stock off road or Venture? If any possibility then I plan to stick with 265s. What do you think.?

Jon
Jon
3 months ago
Reply to  eric

Did you get an answer on this? I was looking at the 275/70R17 for my stock Off Road

Mathieu Couture
Mathieu Couture
5 months ago

Thanks Brenan.

Michael
Michael
5 months ago

How does bigger tires affect KDSS? Lean and ride quality is a big issue when lifting KDSS equipped vehicles from what I hear.

Steven Younger
Steven Younger
5 months ago

*** IF YOU HAVE A 5TH GEN LIMITED, READ THIS COMMENT ***

First off let me say how much I appreciate this review, this website and this community. I am new to the overlanding world and just bought my fifth generation 4Runner in June. The information I’ve found here has been invaluable.

I did however want to follow up on one thing that I have yet to see explicitly reported on in this community with respect to limited edition 4Runners and tire size.

Today I downsized my Nightshade Limited’s 20-in OEM wheels and stock Yokohama tires for some 17-in black rhino gauntlet rims and BFG all terrains (275/70/17).

Unfortunately despite what’s written in the size guide, 275/70/r17s will definitely rub in the Limited’s wheel well. At least they did with the wheels I threw on there which I believe have a similar offset to the 20-in OEM rims

Your mileage may vary but I had to have my shop cut some plastic out of my wheel wells in front. I’m now totally good to go in full lock while moving forward and maybe only a minimal amount of occasional rubbing in full lock in reverse.

I’m writing this comment at night but I will post pictures in the morning before and after.

Last edited 5 months ago by Steven Younger
Steven Younger
Steven Younger
5 months ago
Reply to  Steven Younger
Last edited 5 months ago by Steven Younger
Lorenzo W.
Lorenzo W.
7 months ago

This guide is unbelievably helpful – have referred to it many times over the years.

Wondering if anyone knows the approximate cost of a BMC? I want to run the 33.8’s (34’s) and I think that is the only thing holding me back. Running the 32.7 Nitro Grapplers right now with Spidertraxx spacers and only had to do fender adjustments and minor body cut. Nothing too serious.

Tyler
Tyler
8 months ago

Has anyone had experience with the 255/80/17? I’m getting a lift and would rather not do the body chop that I’d need for the 285/70/17

Quinn
Quinn
7 months ago
Reply to  Tyler

I’ve heard from a couple people that they did not have issues. One guy was running fully stock otherwise. No rub, minimal mpg drop, and the spare still fit fine. That was with 255/80/17 Falken Wildpeaks. I’ve been debating myself, and am leaning that way.

Sean O'Keefe
Sean O'Keefe
8 months ago

What is the largest tire that will fit a 3rd gen 4Runner with 5th gen rims ?

Last edited 5 months ago by Brenan - @Trail4R
Gene
Gene
8 months ago

I have a 2020 TRD pro with a leveling kit . There are 285/70 R 17’s on it now without any clearance issues. I would like to increase the footprint with a slightly wider tire. I was told if I increase the wheel size to 8.5″ I could get away with BFG’s 305/65/R 17’s. Has anyone experienced clearance issues or scrubbing with a similar setup? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Lakota
Lakota
3 months ago
Reply to  Gene

Where does the TRD Pro sit height wise vs stock? Front and rear?

My trd off road is up +3″ in the front and +1″ in the rear… so I’m guessing the k02’s would be fine-with no rubbing on the 285’s on my ride?

I know they say some tires will work and other 285’s won’t. I wonder which 285’s would definately work just to eliminate any guess work?

Daniel Mask
Daniel Mask
8 months ago
Reply to  Gene

@Gene, I assume its a front only leveling kit? Is it 1″? I have a 2017 TRD Pro and am trying to decide between 1.5″ front, 1″ back or 2″ front and 1.5″ back. The latter seems a bit much for just spacers.

Marshmallows
Marshmallows
9 months ago

What does (7-9” Space Needed) mean please elaborate

Ie
17″ Wheel/Tire Options (Examples for Rubbing Vs. Non-Rubbing)

265/70/17 (31.61″ – Stock 4Runner Size) (7-9″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub

Albert
Albert
10 months ago

I have a 2019 trd pro and wanted to fit 285/70/17 without compromising the fox suspension. Anybody have experience with westcott designs lift kit, corn fed spacers, or revtek lift kit. Or any other recommended products. Thank you

sammy bambani
sammy bambani
10 months ago

I have a 2005 2wd 4runner, im getting a 4wd lift for it and i was wondering if thats gonna be an issue. I also just got 285/70/17’s for my new 17×9 wheels. will the setup rub if I dont lift it?

Daniel Mask
Daniel Mask
11 months ago

Do those same tire guidelines apply to a Stock TRD Pro? With the ride height being abut an inch or so hagher, thought there might be some differences in the sizes that would fit. I’m a newby to 4runners and off-roading in general!

Kirk
Kirk
5 months ago
Reply to  Daniel Mask

Same question, 2020 TRD PRO totally stock. Can you go up to a 285/70/R17 w/o rubbing?

Damon Raimondi
Damon Raimondi
11 months ago

what mods will i need to do on a 2016 trd pro with a toy tech lift level on stock trd pro wheels with falken rubi trek 285/70/17? thank you

Samuel
Samuel
11 months ago

Are their Knobby looking tires that don’t require anything other than installation for the 5th generation SR5?

Allen G.
Allen G.
11 months ago
Reply to  Samuel

265/70/17 or 265/65/18 Ridge Grapplers, basically stock size would not have rubbed. Also, any of the other A/T tires listed above in this size would be a good choice. What I should have chosen without having to cut plastic. Cutting plastic in the fender area is not the end of the world, but I would have avoided it on my new 2020 TRD Off-road Premium, had I known.

Allen G.
Allen G.
11 months ago

2020 TRD Off Road Premium. 18 x 8.5, 0 off set with 275/65/18 Ridge Grapplers rubbing hard at lock in reverse. Time to get on my back and start cutting. Be aware, just because someone writes it on the internet, doesn’t make true. 1.5 Bilstein lift up front.

J H
J H
1 year ago

What is the biggest tire I can go that allows me to still store the tire under the car? Thank you!

Brent Chronister
1 year ago

Hi,
I just purchased a 2020 4 runner off road premium. I am going to buy after market tires and wheels. I do not want to make any mods to the body or lift it just yet. My question is with the stock tire size ( 265/70/17 ) Falken MT/1 mud terrain tire and a wheel 9″ wide with a – 12mm off set will I have any issues with rubbing?
Thanks,
Brent

SYH
SYH
1 year ago

Does anybody have good experience with the 1″ Toytec body lift for their 5th gen 4runner? I’ve heard body lift is ususally bad but has anyone had any issue with it?

Myco
Myco
1 year ago

Hi brenan,

I’m looking to get a 285/70/17 tires. I will do 6112 front and 5100 with icon for the rear lift for my 2019 ORP but I’m having doubts on what to get for the wheels. Specs are 17×9 0 offset or 17×9 -12 offset. I know -12 will poke out more but I’m worried that the tires might rub on the fenders. Should I just stick to 0 offset?

Thank you.

Gerald Basile LMT
Gerald Basile LMT
1 year ago

Hello Brenan,
So glad I stumbled upon your posts. So informative! Been thinking about changing my wheels and tires on my stock 2017 TRD off-road. Now I have even more questions than I started with. Was going to do a 2”/1” lift and was thinking of getting the stealth SR8 rim which is a 17 x 8.5“ with a 10 mm offset.
Stealth recommended 265/70r17 for minimal rub. I was originally leaning towards the 275/70r17 but not sure if that would work with the SR8 offset.
Any insight that you could throw my way would be greatly appreciated, as I am somewhat of a newbie.
Thanks for your great insight and posts sincerely Gerald

Freddy
Freddy
1 year ago

This has absolutely been the best article out of the hundreds I have read on this subject. Kuudddddddooooos to the author

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

I apologize if this post is repetitive. I have the 2005 SR5 v6 2wd. Stock suspension (with a 2″ spacer/leveling lift in the front) and stock rims. I am about to order a set of Yokohama Geolanders size 255/75R17’s for it. My question is…Will that 2″ lift be enough to prevent rub or will I need to purchase wheel spacers too?

Don
Don
1 year ago

I really love this article. It has been one of the best places for me to understand wheel and tire fitment. I have one question and one comment. Starting with the question. I noticed that you didn’t really discuss wheel width. My understanding is the narrower the wheel the better generally for off-roading. Do you have an opinion on width?

I am looking to replace the wheels and tires on a new 2020 4Runner in the coming months and would like to choose the right wheel the first time that will allow me to increase my tire sizes over time. It seems like in the 31-32 tire size range I can use up to a 9.5 inch wheel, but if I go larger later on it seems like the max width I really want is 8-8.5. The wheels I am looking at come in ether a 17×9 with a -12mm offset or 17×8 with a 0mm offset. The plan is to put 275/70/R17’s on initially and then go larger after doing an ICON suspension kit.

Don
Don
1 year ago
Reply to  Don

Oh and I guess I forgot the comment. On your tire size table. It states “space needed” it took me a few reads of the article to realize that is the rim width.

Guy Mattola
Guy Mattola
1 year ago

Sorry if this Question is a repetitive one – I have a 2010 Limited 4runner – selling the 06 4runnr but has brand new Dura Tracs on it, at 265/65/17, Can I buy new rims (TRD) (Ebay) and throw the Dura Tracs back on the Limited wo any Issues

Jonathan Tong
Jonathan Tong
1 year ago
Reply to  Guy Mattola

I dont see why it wouldn’t fit!

Justin Wright
Justin Wright
1 year ago

Hey Brenan, love the site it’s been super helpful in looking for options to add to my 4runner. I’m looking to run 285/70R17 KO2s can I put 2/2 spacers on the suspension and do a BMC and fender trimming. Or should I put on the 3/2 pro comp spacers that you mentioned in another answer to a similar question.

Justin Wright
Justin Wright
1 year ago

Do you think that I would need to trim the rocker caps as well or do you think I could get by without doing it?

Justin Wright
Justin Wright
1 year ago

Ok thanks for the help Brenan.

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