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RRW’s Toyota Wheels with Rock Protection Rings – 5th Gen 4Runner

Updated 11/11/20 / Read Time: 4 mins

Full Review On RRW's (Relations Race Wheels) Hub Centric Hybrid Wheels and Protective Rings for the 5th Gen 4Runner

Full Review On RRW’s (Relations Race Wheels) Hub Centric Hybrid Wheels With Rock Rash Protective Rings

While they’ve only been around for roughly four years, Relations Race Wheels has been pumping out some insanely awesome wheels, rock sliders (welded and DIY kits), low pro bumpers, skids, UCAs and more.

In fact, RRW prides itself on living the quality over quantity mantra. With a small team of dedicated off-road enthusiasts, RRW is committed to making off-road products affordable by managing almost every step of the production process in-house.

This isn’t the first time we’ve reviewed RRW. Brenan first covered the company back in 2019, and since then, they’ve grown and expanded their product line tenfold. Shortly after, Brenan covered a set of their RR5-S wheels and even Konrad posted a company highlight on our sister-site, TrailTacoma.com. We’ve also got another review in the works on their V3 DOM sliders. So if it’s not clear by now, we’re fans.

However, this is a story about one of their latest products covering something we think is pretty damn innovative…

RR6-H 17X8.5 (6X5.5 | 6X139.7) – Hub-Centric Hybrid Beadlock Wheels

Full Review On RRW's (Relations Race Wheels) Hub Centric Hybrid Wheels and Protective Rings for the 5th Gen 4Runner

Let’s be honest, you can’t help but gawk at these wheels. Sure they have tons of rad features (which we’ll get into), but the color and style really pack a punch.

When I first cracked these wheels out of the box, I was completely taken aback. Torn between sticking with the black-on-black theme I’ve been going with, I decided to branch out and go with a set in matte gunmetal.

Any regrets?

Not a one and the pictures should say it all!

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Standard Specifications:

  • Size: 17×8.5
  • Offset: -12 / -25
  • Bolt Pattern: 6×5.5 / 6×139.7
  • Center Bore: 106.1mm (hub-centric for Toyota Trucks)
  • Finish: Matte Black, Matte Bronze, Matte Gunmetal
  • Load Rating: 2500 lbs
  • Weight: approx 28.4 lbs
  • Backspacing: 4.28″ for -12, 3.77″ for -25
  • Compatible with TPMS and Extended Thread (ET) Lugs

Full Review On RRW's (Relations Race Wheels) Hub Centric Hybrid Wheels and Protective Rings for the 5th Gen 4Runner

I opted for the -25 offset and again, the matte gunmetal finish. With the 3.5″ lift, a BMC and Spidertrax wheel spacers, I haven’t experienced any rubbing.

The wheels are wrapped in 285/70/17 BF Goodrich KO2’s and the look is undeniably rad.

Protection Rings

Buyers also have the option of adding accessory bolts into the wheels themselves. If you notice, each wheel has 25 holes where you can add zinc bolts in either black or gold.

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Adding the bolts certainly can add a little bit of flair, but RRW had other intentions than just blinging out your new wheels. If you’ve ever taken your 4Runner out to the local mall or hit the trails, you may have suffered from some trail or curb damage. I’ve taken significant gouges out of my former wheels and the repairs alone weren’t worth the price. It almost makes you hesitant to hit the trails again and stick to the local malls.

Almost all of the damage my wheels took were around the perimeter of the wheel itself; nothing on the inside, just the lip, and edges. So what did this small group of geniuses do? They designed a metal ring that mounts over top of your wheel to protect it from disaster.

Full Review On RRW's (Relations Race Wheels) Hub Centric Hybrid Wheels and Protective Rings for the 5th Gen 4Runner

Cut from your choice of 3/16” thick American sourced steel or aluminum, powder-coated in satin matte black and held in place with the included 25 bolts, you can wheel a little bit harder next time knowing the rings have you covered. Not to mention, they look pretty damn cool.

Think of it this way… For roughly $60 per wheel, you can:

  1. Protect your new wheels
  2. Customize the look by changing the bolt colors
  3. Get them re-powder coated (maybe even to a different color) if they eventually need to do their job and protect your wheels
  4. Remove them when you’re off the trails or leave them on

So, obviously, this was a no-brainer addition for my wheels and something I found to be incredibly innovative, yet simple.

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RRW also makes a Forged Beadlock Ring that can be substituted out for the Protection Ring if you want to run these wheels with actual beadlocks. The Forged Beadlock Rings are not currently listed on their site but you can reach out to RRW for more information if you’re interested.

Final Thoughts

Full Review On RRW's (Relations Race Wheels) Hub Centric Hybrid Wheels and Protective Rings for the 5th Gen 4Runner

Upgrading your wheels is a great way to add style, increase performance, modify your stance, and widen your wheel spacing.

Wheels can be ridiculously expensive and scratching them can be truly devastating to some. So when a company like RRW starts offering things like hybrid beadlock/non-beadlock options and wheel protection, that makes things a bit easier.

Testing It Out On the Trails

Full Review On RRW's (Relations Race Wheels) Hub Centric Hybrid Wheels and Protective Rings for the 5th Gen 4Runner

I ran these wheels for about a month between trail trips and only last week added the Protection Rings for a day in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Fortunately, I didn’t suffer any trail damage because most of the trails were green-rated.

However, I’m now fully prepared for days on blues and above. In fact, I’ve opted to leave them on full-time. The look is rad and the protection can help on the trails and the tallest of mall curbs.

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Pablo
November 12, 2020 1:08 pm

hi! thanks for the article. The wheels look great! but wouldn’t the protective rings through the wheels out of balance all the time?

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