TRD Pro SEMA Wheels – Full Overview

TRD Pro Wheels Review and Full Overview on 4Runner

TRD Pro Wheels Worth It on your 5th Gen 4Runner?

Upgrading to the TRD Pro Wheels with 265, 275, 285 sized tires? What you can expect.

A common upgrade for people to do for any vehicle is to install new wheels. The reason why someone installs new wheels can be for a wide range of reasons. Here are a few reasons you might want to install new wheels on your vehicle:

  • It is nice to have your own style incorporated into your vehicle. A good way to do this is through wheels. There are a lot of different styles on the market and you can find one that really suits your style.
  • When I say offset, I am really referring to a wider stance (more negative offset). A wider stance can give a more aggressive look but can also improve handling by making your vehicle more planted and have better control.
  • Aluminum and steel wheels have a big difference in weight. Upgrading to some aluminum wheels can help with gas mileage and acceleration. Depending on what wheel you are trying to install, you could potentially save 5-10 pounds of weight per wheel.
  • Sometimes you need to install new wheels out of necessity. Necessary reasons might be because you damaged an existing wheel, you want new tires that require a different wheel, or you are trying to avoid rubbing.

Although there might be some other reasons for installing new wheels, typically these are some of the main reasons.

I decided I wanted to upgrade the stock wheels on my 2017 TRD Off-Road 4Runner recently for all of the above reasons and spent an extensive amount of time researching what wheel to get.

I am not going to focus on all the different wheel terminology, as there are other resources available for this. However, I am going to try and convince you as to why I believe the TRD wheels (PTR20-35110-BK) are a great option.

The Looks

TRD Wheels on Magnetic Gray Metallic 4Runner

Looks are completely an opinion, however, I believe the black TRD wheels look great. The black wheels suit a variety of vehicle colors, but I really liked the way they would look on my Magnetic Gray Metallic 4Runner.

You can get these wheels in a matte black or a matte gray. I went with the black, but you might want the gray. The overall shape of the wheel is very nice. The spokes extend from each of the lug nuts providing a symmetrical and visually appealing design that looks strong, but also sleek.

The black wheel with a red TRD logo in the center also adds a nice contrast of color as well, but not too much. On top of all this, the TRD wheel looks like an off-road wheel meant to suit the 4Runner.

I like the black wheel versus the silver and black that the 4Runner TRD Off-Road comes with from the factory. I also like the slightly wider stance the TRD wheels give (0.9 inches total width – 11mm on each side).

Once again, this is all a matter of opinion and may not be the same for you. Let’s go ahead and get to some facts.

TRD Design

TRD Wheels on Magnetic Gray Metallic 4Runner Design

I have never been someone to have true brand loyalty, meaning I stick with one brand and don’t change. I try to find the best there is and that is typically what I go with.

However, there are some situations where brand loyalty is a good thing. In my opinion, it is beneficial that TRD has designed a wheel that is specifically intended for the 4Runner and Tacoma.

TRD of course is Toyota, but a special division called Toyota Racing Development. TRD is a higher-end product, such as the TRD Pro and TRD Off-Road line up that Toyota currently offers.

TRD spent time developing this wheel to suit the 4Runner and Tacoma specifically. Considering that Toyota (and TRD for applicable TRD vehicles) produce incredible vehicles like the 4Runner, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt that they design a great wheel for their vehicles, and therefore consider the TRD wheel to have the same if not better design considerations as my 5th Gen 4Runner does.

Wheel Offset

TRD Wheels Offset 4Runner

The standard wheels on a TRD Off-Road 4Runner are +15mm offset. The TRD wheels I went with are +4mm offset. This equates to an 11mm difference, or approximately 0.45 inches.

This difference essentially makes the wheels and tires 0.9 inches wider than stock. This isn’t huge, but is significant. As previously mentioned, I think this improves the aesthetics, because it gives a more aggressive stance.

More importantly, it gives better performance and handling.

Some people might be yelling at me right now saying you can get +0mm offset, or even -10mm, -12mm, etc. Yes, this is true. However, you are going to widen your track so much that you could potentially experience rubbing.

If you want more offset, then go ahead and look at a different wheel. There are lots out there. Please keep in mind that these wheels were designed by TRD specifically for the 4Runner and Tacoma…I would think they put some research into the amount of offset they thought was appropriate.

Another aspect to consider with a wheel that has very little offset (meaning negative offset) is that you push your tire outside of the fender. This can look nice, but it can also throw a lot of debris on your car since your tire is more exposed. The TRD wheel has just the right amount of offset in my opinion.

Weight vs. Factory TRD Off-Road Wheels

TRD Wheels Weight

The TRD wheel weighs in at 25 pounds – pretty light. I do not have an ‘official’ weight on the stock TRD Off-Road wheels that come on the 4Runner, however, the TRD wheels are 0.5” narrower than the TRD Off-Road Wheels so they are going to be lighter by at least a small amount if nothing else.

  • The TRD wheels are 17” diameter by 7” wide.
  • The TRD Off-Road wheels are 17” diameter by 7.5” wide.

What does the difference in width do?

Well, as I previously mentioned, it gives you a lighter wheel, which in hand gives you better acceleration and gas mileage (although these increases are small).

Some people, including myself, might be concerned with the narrower wheel. I believe it is a good thing though…if you are running 265s or 275s for your tire size.

If you are running a 285 size tire, the wheel is on the border of being too narrow. Lot’s of people use the TRD wheel for 285s, but in my opinion, they are very close to being too narrow.

However, for 265s and 275s the narrower tire does two main things – decrease wheel weight and increase wheel protection. I already discussed the advantage of a lighter tire, but what do I mean by more wheel protection?

Cylindrical inclined inner wall shape?

TRD Wheels Shape on Tire

A tire will be shaped slightly different on a narrower wheel than on a wider wheel. For performance cars (such as a Corvette ZR1), the rear tires are 335/20R20.

The wheels that they are mounted to are 12 inches wide! That is crazy. Part of the reason they are so wide is that there is so little sidewall on the tire that the wheel needs to nearly be the same width as the tire.

Essentially, in the case of a Corvette, the wheel is going to be sticking out just as far as the tire.

For larger sidewalls, you don’t need a wheel to match the tire width, so the tire will extend beyond the width of the wheel, therefore protecting your wheels when you are off-road. The wider the wheel you utilize, the less wheel protection the tire can provide.

In consideration of this, for the all-terrain application that a 4Runner was built for, the 7” wide wheel actually has an advantage.

Overall Quality

TRD Pro Wheels Worth It on your 5th Gen 4Runner?

Since these wheels are designed by Toyota, and TRD in particular, the quality of the wheel is great. I did not notice any issues with the wheel finish and or quality. One thing to note is that these wheels are cast aluminum instead of forged.

Forged wheels will provide the ultimate strength and durability, however, cast wheels are still extremely strong and durable.

Forged wheels essentially will be less porous and therefore have a less likely chance for material breakdown to occur. You will end up paying more for forged, but you get a better overall product in my opinion.

This is really the only quality issue I could give, but it is nothing big at all.

Rubbing

TRD Pro Wheels Rubbing

I have Cooper Discoverer A/T3 tires in 275/70R17 installed. This is a wider and taller tire than the factory 265/70R17. I do not have a lift on my vehicle either. With the stock TRD Off-Road wheels, I experienced zero rubbing.

After installing my A/T3’s on the TRD wheels I have the most miniscule rubbing at full turn in reverse.

It does not do it at full turn going forward, only in reverse. When I say miniscule, I do mean very little at all. There is just a slight rub of the tire on the fender liner at full crank in reverse.

I really have no concern with the rubbing, but I will be modifying my fender liner soon to have zero rubbing.

I might also do a 1” front lift, which may eliminate the rubbing. Either way (or both ways combined), I should be able to address the rubbing with ease, and even if I don’t address it I have no concern with the small amount of rubbing that I currently have.

Final Thoughts

If you have 265 or 275 sized tires, the TRD wheels would be a great option for you.

You are getting a wheel designed by TRD specifically for the Tacoma and 4Runner. You gain a wider, more aggressive and stable stance.

You can get a matte black or matte gray. The weight of the TRD wheel is light, therefore giving you better gas mileage and acceleration.

Last, and potentially the reason most people would be installing new wheels is the look. I think the TRD wheels look great and they made my 4Runner look much better.

In conclusion, I have been very pleased with the installation of my TRD wheels on my TRD Off-Road 4Runner.

If you are looking at some new wheels, I would recommend these as an option.

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Christian
Christian
6 months ago

Hey Clint, which tube side steps are those? I like the look of them. Thanks!

vinh dai
vinh dai
1 year ago

I have 2021 trd off road premium , i want to put TRD PRO wheel 2020. I am using stock tires from premium 265/70/17. Do i have any issues?

edwin smith
edwin smith
1 year ago
Reply to  vinh dai

i just ordered there wheels for my 2019 tacoma TRD sport. i am currently running 275x65x17BFG TO2’s on the TRD sport wheels which have a +30 offset. currently they fit perfect no rub and nicely tucked inside the wheel well. my concern is when i mount the BFG’s on the pro wheels will they protrude outside the wheel well? i really do not want to have an issue of rocks damaging my new paint. Anyone tried this setup yet?

Cole
Cole
1 year ago

Great article. I’ve got a 2012 Trail Edition 4Runner. Want to put the matte black TRD Pro wheels on, along with Falken Wilkpeak AT3Ws. Can anyone confirm if these wheels actually fit my 4runner? Seems obvious, but when I check the Toyota parts site, it can confirm the fitment. Thanks in advance.

Clint Taylor
1 year ago
Reply to  Cole

They should fit just fine!

Frasier White
Frasier White
2 years ago

Great post! I really like those Coopers, but to get that size, you have to step up to LT/E, which will be a touch heaver than C. Did you notice any degradation in ride, handling, acceleration, or mileage with the heavier tires? I know that the lighter wheels will offset this to some degree, but I’m trying to avoid compromising my stock ride with heavier tires. Thanks!

Clint Taylor
2 years ago
Reply to  Frasier White

Frasier, unfortunately the heavier the tire that you install the more you will lose in acceleration / gas mileage. I’ve had the stock 265/70R17, Cooper Discoverer AT3 in 275/70R17, and Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT in 285/70R17. Each size got slightly wider, taller, and heavier…and in hand I did get a little less gas mileage the bigger I went. I didn’t really notice a huge difference in acceleration, but 285s do slow you down just a bit (not much though). As far as handling, the larger tires seem to handle bumps better and I don’t notice any additional sway when turning sharp. In my opinion, it is definitely worth going to larger tires even with the small loss in gas mileage and acceleration. If you want a good balance and the least amount of trimming required (if any), then take a look at the Coopers in 275/70R17. I had them for a long time and they worked great. Hope this helps!

Frasier White
Frasier White
2 years ago
Reply to  Clint Taylor

Very helpful, thanks for the the reply! I guess one other option would be to select a 275/70 tire in load range C, but options are limited in that combo.

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

Thanks for the write up. I just got these for my 2018 magnetic grey 4RUNNER TRD Off Road. I got the black ones as well and they look great, even with the factory tires.

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

You make some confusing statements with regards to offset and the trd wheels being 11mm wider on both sites. This is incorrect. The stock trd offroad wheels are 17×7.5 +15, the sema wheels are 17×7 +4, so the wheels are actually narrower than the stock wheels. They will stick out roughly the same distance (+4mm) tho due to the offset, but have increased inside clearance (+17mm). Hope that makes sense.

Clint Taylor
Clint Taylor
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike,

Thanks for your comment. You are correct; however, the center of the wheel is 11mm further outside, so therefore your tire will also be 11mm further outside.

Chris Hsieh
Chris Hsieh
2 years ago

I have a 2015 Limited and I was looking at getting these wheels. I’ve read that I can swap these with my current 20″ rims without a lift and if that’s the case, I was wondering what tire size you’d recommend? Thanks so much!

Celestino Salazar
Celestino Salazar
3 years ago

I bought the SeMa TRD wheels for my 06 Tundra DC. The stock wheels are 6 lug 17 inch wheels on 265x65R17.
Would you happen to know if I can fit a 275×75 without rubbing ?

Clint Taylor
Clint Taylor
3 years ago

I can’t give you a good answer on this question. I don’t have much experience with Tundras and this article is targeted towards 4Runners. Depending on the vehicle and specific tire you run, the maximum size varies. Sorry I couldn’t help you out more.

Clint Taylor
Clint Taylor
3 years ago

Mike, so a Tacoma might be different than a 4Runner. Just guessing you should be able to do 275/70R17. You might be able to run some 285’s, but I can’t give you that answer.

Fatboy
Fatboy
3 years ago

I had the Pro rims installed when I purchased my metallic gray 2018 TRD Off Road. I agree, looks sharp. I’m confused with your descriptions though. You start the article using Pro for distinguishing it from the Off Road aluminum / black stock wheel. Later in your article, when describing wheel widths, you use TRD and TRD Off Road which, to me is one in the same. Consequently I’m not sure which rim is wider. The Pro or the stock Off Road. Can you clarify? I’m going to to purchase 275×70/17 a/t’s so your storie came at the perfect time for me. Thanks

Clint Taylor
3 years ago
Reply to  Fatboy

Sorry for any confusion. The stock wheels that come on a TRD Off-Road 4Runner are 7.5″ wide. The TRD Sema wheels (stock on TRD Pro 4Runners) are 7.0″ wide. I’ve had Cooper Discoverer A/T3 installed on both styles of wheels and either wheel will support the 275’s. I hope this helps you out. Thanks!

Mike Williams
Mike Williams
3 years ago
Reply to  Clint Taylor

I have 2019 Tacoma Trd off-road
I’m going to put on Pro comp 3in front 1 in rear Leveling kit.. i’m going with TRD Wheels. What size tires can I go with without rubbing ?I know you probably already said this. Thanks again

Fatboy
Fatboy
3 years ago
Reply to  Clint Taylor

Clintkayaks, perfect! Thanks for the clarification. And thanks for your informative post as well… it couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

TC Chandamany
TC Chandamany
3 years ago

Hey boss, do you have to install a new TPMS for these wheels or can you utilize the factory from the old wheels? Not sure how that works? Also, can you use the factory lug nuts? Thanks so much!

Clint Taylor
3 years ago
Reply to  TC Chandamany

Hey, you can swap over your TPMS sensors you currently have and use the factory lug nuts. Thanks!

William
William
3 years ago

I really like these rims too, its just too bad it didn’t have a valve stem protector that is integrated into the rim like the TRDOR does. That being said, it is definitely not a deal breaker. Still a good looking rim.

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