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What are the best off-road wheels for the Toyota 4Runner?

Fresh from the dealer lot, your 4Runner looks like a million others. And that’s going to have to change—fast. The quickest way to improve the looks, performance, and off-road capability of your legendary Japanese 4×4 SUV is with a new set of wheels. But you don’t want just any rims; you want ones that are match of your rig’s toughness and classic style.

So, we compiled a list of the best off-road wheels for Toyota 4runner.

Don’t get us wrong; stock rims are fine. But they are built to a (low) budget to serve the greatest number of driving styles and environments (mostly highway driving). Stock wheels are great if all you care is driving I-75 to work every day. But off-roaders and overlanders ask much more of their vehicles than that. We don’t know about you, but what’s good enough for everyday commuters is not good enough for us.

Plus, factory wheels just aren’t that strong. If you’re overlanding or off-roading, you’ll want to ensure your wheels can handle potholes, boulders, and whatever else the wilderness throws at them. You don’t want to bend (or break) a rim 50 miles from the nearest town or paved road.

In addition to improving strength, bolting up some fresh aftermarket wheels can drastically improve the look of your 4Runner. And that’s never a bad thing.

Lastly, and short of getting into physics, stock rims are often heavier than they need to be. Whether you’re on the track or trail, limiting the unsprung weight of your rig is essential. What’s more, along with your new rims, you’re likely to upgrade your tires at the same time. And all-terrain and mud-terrain tires are generally heavier than the highway radials included from the factory. So, reducing the wheel weight is a great way to counteract that additional rubber heft.

With all that in mind, here is our list of the best off-road wheels for the Toyota 4Runner.

EvoCorse — DakarZero

The DakarZero wheels are the official wheel of the Toyota Dakar Rally Team. We could pretty much end the description there. Because, honestly, if it’s good enough for the Toyota professionals, it’s good enough for you. But, since we’re trying to be thorough, we’ll dive in a bit deeper.

These wheels are incredibly strong. They look great. And provide ample air flow for your truck’s brakes. What’s more, they all receive three layers of powder coating. That means you can hammer the snot out of them in all sorts of rocky terrain without worrying you’re going to suffer an immediate scratch. And they’re not too heavy, given their strength and durability.

Plus, they’re offered in a ton of sizes and back spacing options. That enables you to dial in the look at fitment to your specific rig.

Specs:

  • Bolt pattern: 6×5.5 (6×139.7)
  • Offset: -10mm to 45mm (depending on diameter)
  • Backspacing: 3.6 inches to 6.52 inches (depending on diameter)
  • Weight: 19.4lbs to 32.8lbs (depending on diameter)
  • Load rating: 2755 pounds
  • Sizes offered: 
    • 15×7
    • 16×7
    • 16×8
    • 17×8
    • 18×8.5

VTX — Rebel

Finished in either Satin Gunmetal or Satin Bronze, the VTX Rebels wheels are modern and retro at the same time. They might have a bit of an old-school look, but they were built to modern standards. That means they’re durable and relatively light weight.

We think these things look great, if you ignore the simulated bead-lock design. Granted, not everyone has the same sense of style. However, we must point out that the piano-black lip at the edge of the rim will be prone to scratching—it just will. Piano-black anything shows scratches easily. So, you can bet a piano-black off-road rim will scratched easily and often. So, keep that in mind before you bolt these to your rig.

Specs:

  • Bolt pattern: 6×5.5 (6×139.7)
  • Offset: -10mm
  • Backspacing: 4.2 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds
  • Sizes offered: 
    • 16×8
    • 17×8.5

Black Rhino — Armory

Forget simulated beadlock. The Black Rhino Armory are not faking the funk. With genuine beadlock, these are a great option for anyone wanting to air all the way down but do so with a bit of style. Like ll true beadlock wheels, the Armory are really heavy. They tip the scales at a whopping 37 pounds—50% more than a lot of the other wheels on this list. If you pop on some thick and meaty mud-terrain tires, you might need help lifting these off the garage floor.

But, with that weight, you get a ton of strength. However, airing down that much without losing a bead comes at a price: maintenance. Unlike standard wheels, beadlocks require regular maintenance.

The Armory comes in the above pictured Desert Sand finish with black hardware. If you’re looking for the all-black look, however, they’re available can get them in ‘GUNBLACK.’

Specs:

  • Bolt pattern: 6×5.5 (6×139.7)
  • Offset: -18mm to -44mm (depending on diameter)
  • Backspacing: 4.5 inches
  • Weight: 37 pounds
  • Load rating: 2700 pounds
  • Sizes offered:
    • 17×9.5
    • 18×9.5
    • 20×9.5

Method — 702

You could probably bolt the Method 702 wheels to a vintage sports car and no one would blink an eye. And we think that’s a good thing. While most modern off-road rims are thick as hell, these are go for a more spare, lightweight look. Granted, this look won’t work for every rig and build. But the 702s will look great on a more Spartan build. 

Also, for those who want tire bead protection without stepping up to heavy-ass beadlocks, the 702s are a great option. That’s because they have a patented Bead Grip technology, which grabs onto the tire bead. This allows drivers to air down further without fear of losing a bead on the trail. That means more grip, less worry.

Despite their lighter-looking design, they’re super strong. The 702s offer a 2650-pound load rating, which is near the top of the heap.

Specs:

  • Bolt pattern: 6×5.5 (6×139.7)
  • Offset: 0mm
  • Backspacing: 4.5 inches (16×8); 4.75 (17×8.5)
  • Load rating: 2650 pounds
  • Sizes offered: 
    • 16×8
    • 17×8.5

Stealth — Stealth6

Last but not least, we have the Stealth Stealth6 wheels. They nicely go for the less-is-more look. That’s why they made our list. Well, that at their strength and color options. The Stealth6 have a 2100-pound max load rating. And you can get them in Matte Gunmetal, Matte Dark Bronze, and Matte Jet Black. So, there’s no rig that you can’t pair these with.

Do note: If your truck has locking/free-wheeling-style hubs, these rims won’t fit. Do keep that in mind if you’ve modified your 4×4 system or hubs.

Specs:

  • Bolt pattern: 6×5.5 (6×139.7)
  • Offset: -25mm (16×8); -10mm (17×8.5)
  • Back spacing: 3.52 inches (16×8); 4.36 inches (17×8.5)
  • Weight: 20lbs 5oz (16×8); 22lbs 9oz (17×8.5)
  • Sizes offered: 
    • 16×8
    • 17×8.5