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What are the best off-road wheels for the Toyota Tacoma?

It’s a question we get all the time. And it makes sense. Folks don’t want their truck to look like every other Tacoma that rolled off the lot. And, if you are going to modify your truck, the wheels are a great first step.

Aside from making your truck look cool, there are plenty of good reasons to swap out the factory rims with aftermarket wheels. We think wheels are one of the most important off-road components for any truck.

First, stock wheels are just that — stock. They are built to serve a purpose and serve the greatest number of customers in the greatest number of environments. They’re built to be cheap and not horrible to look at. Stock wheels are the one-size-fits-all garments of the automotive world.

We don’t know about you, but what’s good enough for most people is not good enough for us.

Secondly, factory wheels often lack strength. If you’re headed off the highway, you’ll want to ensure your rims can handle being pummeled by potholes, boulders, and gravel.

Third, and we alluded to this already, most stock rims are either A) not very much to look at. Or B) downright ugly. So, selecting some aftermarket wheels can really improve the curb appeal of your rig. That and new rims can distinguish your rig from the crowd.

Lastly, and short of getting into physics, factory wheels are often super heavy — or at least heavier than you’ll want. Like any performance vehicle, you’ll want to limit the unsprung weight of your rig. Since you’ll also be bolting up heavier tires, reducing the wheel weight is a great way to counteract that additional rubber heft.

So, without further adieu, here are the best off-road wheels for Toyota Tacoma.

VTX — Rebel

We start off the list with the VTX Rebels. Offered in either Satin Gunmetal or Satin Bronze, these wheels offer a modern take on a retro-style wheel. Despite their retro look, they were build to modern technical standards. That means their relatively light weight and durable.

We love that they’re offered in two colors. But we don’t necessarily love their simulated bead-lock design. We understand that not everyone has the same sense of style, though. We must point out that the piano-black lip at the edge of the rim will be prone to scratching. Piano-black anything shows scratches easily. A piano-black off-road rim will undoubtedly get super scratched. So, keep that in mind before you buy.

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

Fuel — Beast [Model D564]

Fuel Off-Road has come out with a uniquely styled forged one-piece wheel called the Beast (i.e. model D564). Its design is a mix between cyberpunk and heavy metal. Admittedly, it’s not a look that everyone will love, or every truck can pull off. The correctly outfitted rig, however, will really benefit from a set of five of these beasts.

Unlike some of the other rims on this list, the D564s were designed for heavy off-road use. That means you can beat on them on the trails without worrying (too much).

What’s also pretty cool is the fact that Fuel makes so many sizes for the Tacoma bolt pattern, from 16×8 to 20×10. The offset and back spacing ranges wildly from size to size. And fitment may become an issue, depending on diameter and offset. So keep that in mind before buying.

Specs:

  • Bolt pattern: 6×5.5 (6×139.7)
  • Offset: Ranges depending on diameter
  • Backspacing: Ranges depending on diameter
  • Weight: 28 to 54 pounds (depending on diameter)
  • Load rating: 2200 to 2500 (depending on diameter)
  • Sizes offered: 
    • 16×8
    • 17×9
    • 17×10
    • 18×9
    • 20×9
    • 20×10

Black Rhino — Armory

Forget simulated beadlock. These Black Rhino Armory are the real deal. And they are a great option for anyone wanting a true beadlock but with a bit of style. Like any true beadlock wheel, however, the Armory are really heavy. They clock in at a terrier-rivaling 37 pounds. Add some thick and meaty mud-terrain tires on there, and you might need help picking these bad boys up.

But what you get for all that heft is a ton of strength; you can keep your foot in it and not worry you’re going to bend a rim or lose a bead. That said, that trail reassurance comes at a price: maintenance. Unlike standard wheels, beadlocks require regular maintenance.

We love this wheel’s Desert Sand finish and black hardware. If you’re looking for the all-black look, you can get them in a sinister-sounding color called ‘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
    • 20×12

Stealth — Stealth6

The less-is-more look is on full display with the Stealth6 wheels. And, honestly, that’s why we like them so much. They’re strong, with a max load rating of 2100 pounds. And, offered in Matte Gunmetal, Matte Dark Bronze, and Matte Jet Black, they’re also stylish.

If you’ve dropped $60,000 on your rig, the last thing you want is some cheap-looking rim rounding out the design.

A word of warning for buyers, though: If your truck has locking/free-wheeling-style hubs, these rims won’t fit. So, keep that in mind if you’ve modified your 4×4 system and 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

Method — 702

The Method 702 wheels have a bit of a sports-car look than that of a traditional off-road rim. And that’s why we’re drawn to them. They have a bit of a turbine look that’s pretty distinctive in the off-road truck space, where everything is usually super thick and chunky. It’s not going to be a look that works for every rig. But if you have a more spare-looking Taco, this rim will finish the design nicely.

What’s also super cool about the 702s is their patented Bead Grip technology. This design grabs onto the tire bead more than a traditional wheel lip, which allows drivers to air down further without fear of losing a bead.

And although these wheels aren’t as chunky as other offerings, they’re still super strong. They offer a 2650-pound load rating. That means you don’t have to sacrifice strength for a more spare look.

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