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Toyota Tacoma Tires and Wheels

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  • sfrye718sfrye718 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the tip. The installer also said that the issue was the angle of the '05 rims. He said that the sensors were made specifically for the steel wheels, so that that sensor would fit flush against the curvature of the the wheel. However, I have read nothing on websites for aftermarket wheels for the Tacoma that mentions this being a problem, and I doubt seriously that all aftermarket wheels have the same "curvature" as the '06 steel rims.
  • eswartzeswartz Posts: 2
    I own a 2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4DR V6 2wd and have noticed that at certain speeds, the tires start to shake some (thus the truck). It drives me crazy. These aren't the factory tires, in fact there the ones that came with it when I bought it used. I have owned a 1988 Toyota 4wd some time ago and at certain speeds it did the same thing. On that truck it was BF Goodrich's and on this truck someone put "China" Runway Enduro HT P265x70xR16's on there. I wonder if they just need rebalancing, or am I right and they are just junk and all Toyota P/u's shake somewhere in MPH land. Any opions, suggestions, or is everyone else Taco just as smooth as can be (for a truck at least)?

    I was looking at some threads talking about tires and tireshack.com. Pretty good prices if I have to buy new ones.

    P.S.: Does anyone know what was OEM for a 2004 Taco Prerunner V6 SR5?

    :cry:
  • msatcmsatc Posts: 4
    Sorry to hear of your trouble. I have an '01 (same make / model), but have not experienced the vibration you speak of at certain speeds. However, I do get this with braking at speeds in excess of 30 mph. I believe it is the rotors more than anything else. They warp so much more easily now than other vehicles I have owned....even earlier model Toyo truck -- just one puddle while driving in stop and go traffic (city driving) and it could happen to I have been told. Never heard of the tires you have, but do highly recommend the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza's. Expensive, but worth it.
  • rupert2rupert2 Posts: 3
    I bought a used 2004 Tacoma SR5 PreRunner 4DR L4 2wd, and I also found the truck had an annoying 'shake' at 72-76 mph, on the original OEM tires (BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A P265-70R16 111T), with only 14,700 miles on the tires!I have since replaced 2 of the OEM tires with Michelin LTX M/S (on the front), and the difference in the ride comfort and noise level was like night and day. I couldn't be happier with the new tires, but, the 'shake' still exists at 72-76 mph on smooth Interstate pavement. I am stumped by this situation, and I plan to put the remaining OEM tires through some balancing experiments to see if the problem goes away; otherwise, I will throw them in the trash heap with the other two, and replace with all Michelins. As a loyal Toyota follower for over 20 years, I just can't accept that there is a deeper issue here than bad tires.

    As a note, I test drove several other '04 trucks in the 22-32,000 mile range before buying this one, and the ride and handling from the OEM BF Goodrich tire was unacceptable in each test drive ! I don't recommend the OEM tire to anyone. I think many 2004 PreRunners are being traded off right now because of tire handling issues alone ... and, of course, the allure of the 'new' mammoth 05/06 body style. I will report my results on this problem in the coming weeks.
  • pb2themaxpb2themax Posts: 471
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  • mikey21mikey21 Posts: 1
    Hi Toyota Guys , I recently purchased a 2005 4runner Sport edition with 12,000 miles on it , the truck was mint except that I thought the tires looked like they had more miles than what the odometer was showing.
    After owning the 4runner for a few weeks , while we were driving it home from a Sunday outing I noticed a warning lite flashing on the dashboard , it turned out to be the tire pressure warning lite !
    After getting the truck home I check the tire pressure in all the tires including the spare tire , only to find the spare was flat. I took the spare down and found it had five punctures in it ! I plugged all five holes and fill all the tires to the proper pressures only to find the warning lite was still on. We took the 4runner to Toyota and were informed ALL our pressure sensors were missing and they wanted $800 to reinstall them !
    I told the service manager that thats the way they sold the truck to me and that they owed me the sensors since they must have swapped away the tires that came with our truck from the factory before we purchased it, the service manager told me that that was impossible because the warning lite would have been flashing from the minute we took the truck.
    Can anyone tell me if the dealer could have disabled the tire pressure warning lite for a temporary amount of time so I wouldn't know the tires with the sensors were swapped away to someone else ??
    Also as I look further into this problem I notice my rims were not the same as other 2005 4runner sport models or any other Toyota model with the tire pressure warning system , in that the rim with the sensors has a much larger cut out on the rim to mount the pressure sensor to, and the rims on my truck have a small hole with a rubber stem coming out of them , which looks much to small to fit the tire pressure sensor to.
    Can anyone tell me how to shut the warning lite from flashing until I can get this matter settled in small claims court !
  • I tried everything to get the light to go off on my 06. I had a 05 Tacoma with alloy rims and made the dealer put them on my new truck. I tore the whole dash apart to take the bulb out..there isn't 1 it's like a computer component in there. I just live with the light for now, I've had my truck since February and it's only got 3,000 miles on it. I drive my work van for the most part nowwa days.
  • jim101jim101 Posts: 252
    Here it is, plain and simple.

    Truck delivered with Bridgestone Duelers, replaced due to recall we all know about. Absolutely great when new, no argument.
    These tires had air pressure checked every week, were rotated every three weeks, four wheel alignments every six months. Never driven off road, hard or abused. Tires wore to wear bars at 1/2 tire life.

    Replaced tires at pro-rate price or 2/3's of new cost plus mounting, warranty, disposal, etc.

    These tires lasted 1/2 of the tire life under the same conditions as the previous set.

    I'll never buy these tires again because.

    1. You buy new tire, lets say at $100.00 ea. with warranty for 'X' miles.
    2. You maintain tires above requirements.
    3. Tires wear to wear bar at 1/2 of 'X' miles.
    4. You replace at 2/3's or $75.00 ea. plus other dealer cost.

    Net: You paid $175.00 ea. plus dealer cost twice to go the original miles you paid for at day one.

    Not a bad marketing plan, warranty a tire that will go 1/2 the distance, have the customer pay 2/3's to replace providing they can prove they maintained the tire to warranty requirements.

    Now doesn't this make you feel good about Bridgestone???
  • nytaco05nytaco05 Posts: 13
    I am looking into putting some 22s on my 05 TACO. I thought of putting some 22x9.5 for the rear and 22x9 for the front. Would this set up affect my daily driving? If so, Would 22x9.5 be too big for the front wheel well?

    I need some Feed Back please. Thanks.
  • seranikoseraniko Posts: 27
    does the tps from 06 oem steel rims fits 05 oem trd alloys rims? anybody done this before?
  • goose55goose55 Posts: 6
    I have the five spoke custom alloy wheels on my 1995 Tacoma SR5 and with all the miles, they do look like they need care beyond wax. I do detect that the metal does have a coating. Does anyone know what material I might refinish them with after abraiding them with some emery cloth?
  • seranikoseraniko Posts: 27
    2 types of sensor, one for steel wheels and one for alloys. so u need to get the tpms for alloys to make it work for the o6 taco. pricey i know.
  • I feel the same way about the Duelers on my 99 Tacoma. They didn't get the mileage and began to cup half way through the life of the tire. Maybe the cupping is my fault; I put 12,000 miles on them before rotating. At this point the tires were loud enough for friends to notice. 14k later, they are worn out. I never would have thought of rotating every three weeks. This is not my field and jargon may be off here, but I believe that the Duelers increase lateral instability. Lately at 65-70 mph, I don't like the way the truck feels when changing lanes, it's much worse if the movement is quick, like when trying to avoid a javelina. I am not thinking about new Duelers even though the dealer promised a good deal.

    The question remains, what next? A good friend is a tire engineer and he tells me that car manufactures develop models with a tire in mind, so I should consider going with the OE tire, a Dunlap. I had Goodyear Wrangler ATs on my 1986 Toy and really liked them.

    I would appreciate comments and suggestions. :confuse:
  • I already posted this on the general Tacoma board but I figured that I would post it on here since this forum is specifically for Tires. I recently got a Silver Streak TRD Off Rd 4x4 Double Cab with Tube Steps...pretty sweet!!!! It seems to really be "pulling" to the left when driving on the highway and the steering wheel has some shake at high speeds above 65 or so. Just curious if this is a normal thing you guys have experienced with the bigger BF 265 tires or if it needs to be alligned? Keep in mind it is right off the lot...bought it with 9 miles on it. I checked the tire pressure and they are all set right around 29 to 30 PSI with the rear tires having a little more pressure. I have the 265/70-16 BFGs. On the inside of my door it recommends the cold tire pressure be set to 29 on the front tires and 32 on the back tires. Is this normal to have the back tires need more pressure? What PSI should I set the tires to and do you think my problem has to do with the tire pressure or if it is an allignment/balancing issue? Thanks!
  • I have a 2003 Tacoma extra cab with 265/70-R16s. The doorjamb states 29F/32R – BUT – stipulates that pressure is for the 225/75-R15 tire size. I suspect you have the same, but I’ve heard that same year/make/model/trim cars can actually have different doorjamb plates with different tire information (regional?). I called up the local Toyota dealership and of course they have absolutely no clue on what the optimal-wear tire pressure should be. I called up a local high-end performance tire place (Stokes Tires, in Santa Monica California) and a guy there suggested I run 32psi all the way around – and regardless if I’m carrying my motorcycle in the back or not. So I’m still left wanting.

    Logically, if you carry heavy weight I the bed, you’ll want more air so the tire holds the proper shape (does not balloon). Likewise if you pretty much never carry anything heavy in the bed, you’ll actually want to use less air to maintain proper tire shape, and thus even wear.

    All that being said – I’m going to stick with 32psi all the way around and see the wear patterns for myself – then adjust as needed. Traditionally I’ll actually over compensate – if my tire’s middle is wearing thin, I’ll put too little air in the tire to get the use of the outer edge (and vise versa). The main thing is to check the pressure regularly so you can catch them if the pressure starts to go off in one or more tires (valve inconsistency?), thus you get consistent wear feedback for what tire pressures you’ve chosen.

    It’s VERY important to measure your pressure under consistent conditions. Just driving the car down to the gas station will heat up the tire (because of carcass flex), and increase the tire pressure. The pressures given above should be flat-cold in the morning or evening, and after many hours of non-use.

    Interestingly on my motorcycle, out at a track day, it’s all about tire temperature for grip, not pressure. The front tire is roughly half the volume of the rear, and I use 33psi in the front, and 34 in the rear on an average day. The rule of thumb is to shoot for 10% increase in pressure in the front and 20% increase in the rear (which is an abstract approach to getting the correct TEMPERATURE from tire pressure). So when I come in from a run the tires should be about 36.5 in the front, and 41 in the rear. Starting with less air pressure will make the tire bulge, and cause much more friction in the tire as it roles, heating up the tire more, and increasing the % different between cold/hot.

    I kind of went off topic, but maybe this helps with overall knowledge of the processes going on. I am certainly no expert.
  • I have a nearly identical problem with an '06 Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab, but with 265/65-17 Dunlops. At speeds above 55 mph the steering wheel shakes and the truck continually wants to pull left. The wheels were balanced several times, tires have been checked, pressures set at recommended 29 lbs, and the truck was aligned twice. The dealer finally contacted Toyota and found there is "a known problem with the proportional valve in the power steering" on this truck. The "fix"(?) essentially dampened the problem, but did not eliminate it. The steering wheel vibration is not as excessive as it once was, but it still exists. And, the truck still pulls left. Has anyone else experienced these problems with an 05/06 Tacoma??
  • is the spare on an 06 tacoma equiipped with tpms also. place i had the rims replaced claimed that the steel spare rims did not have tpms.
  • coecoe Posts: 4
    I have a 2006 Double Cab PreRunner. The tire size on this model is 245/75R16. I want to get new tires that are a little bigger, maybe wider as well, but the sales people at Firestone tell me that going any larger than the factory recommended tire size will cause rubbing on turns. I've seen other Tacomas (although they are a few years older) that have larger tires...265/70R16. Did Toyota put smaller tires on the PreRunner Tacomas this year? How much larger can I go without having to lift the truck and avoiding any rubbing on turns. It seems that the sales people at Firestone are sure of their recommendation but how is it that other Tacomas I've seen have larger tires??
    Also, which is a better tire to go with, BF Gooodrich AT or the Firestone Dueler (is the Dueler Revo better than the regular Dueler, what's the difference)?

    Any input is greatly appreciated as I don't want to make a dumb purchase I'll regret later.

    Thanks!
  • mjp29mjp29 Posts: 2
    My 2004 4WD Tacoma SR5 extra cab has these tires from the factory.

    Around 30,000 miles, I noticed abnormal wear on the outer part of the tires. A tire dealer told me (for a $20 alignment check) it needed to be shimmied up so wear wouldn't occur on the outside of the tires (even though their alignment system said it was in range of good alignment). Decided to take it to a Toyota dealer. Took it to a Toyota dealer and had it aligned for $90 - even though the print out said it was only off 0.02 on the front (which I suspect it was within factory alignment and didn't need aligned but they didn't offer an alignment check - was told once it's entered into the computer you get an aligment (end of story) but that's another post I suppose.

    Now, at the next oil change (asked for rotation also) the tires are abnormally wearing on the inside of the tires. The oil change company asked if I had bad suspension or something and said at 35psi my tires shouldn't be wearing like this on the sides since that's more pressure than Toyota recommends for the tires (something like 26 and 28 psi).

    What puzzles me is that I've been running them at 35psi for a while and suspect they should be wearing on the middle of the tires if anywhere.

    I'm at 37,000 miles and will buy new tires soon, but I wonder if this truck has a problem and will just chew up the edges of the new tires I have installed.
  • pb2themaxpb2themax Posts: 471
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  • philg87philg87 Posts: 72
    VERY NICE TACO! :)
  • My 05 4 door TRD 2WD does the same thing, not much shake but pulls left and wanders right and left on a streight flat road.
    Only have 5000 miles on it and put Mitchlin tires on it when I bought it.

    Had it aligned 5 times, 2 at the dealer and 3 at a Hunter alignment shop.
    All said its in specks.
    Stuck on what to do next, thanks for the info on the valve.
    Does yours wander on the freeway????

    Thanks
  • I have a 1999 Toyota Tacoma with 140,000 miles. I have been experiencing road noise above 20 mph for quite a while. I thought that it was the tires, but recently bought new tires and still have the noise. It appears to be the bearings which my mechanic tells me are sealed. I jacked the truck up and can not feel any problems, no rough places as I spin the wheel, no play, no wobble. I can't feel any problem on the highway. I will fix this, but the question is how fast? Anyone else know of noisy sealed wheel bearings?
  • Ive had the same problem with my 2004 TRD w/stock BFG Rugged Trails,when I took in the truck to the dealer for the lower ball joint recall told them to rotate tires at that time but did not bring up the feathered edges on the front tires. For some unexplained reason after the ball joint replacement and rotation of tires they were not feathering anymore? I run all my tires at 33psi cold and may lower it a little to 32-32.5 psi,maybe running the tires at 35psi all round feathers the fronts somehow because I was running 35psi all round when my fronts feathered on the outside also,try lowering the tire pressure down a little,I wasnt about to pay for a front end alignment on my brand new truck so Im glad it worked out for me so far. :blush:
  • After reading some positive and negitive vibes with Dueler Revos and am looking to get some input into Desination AT by Firestone,if anyone is running them on a 1995.5-2004 Taco 4 wheel drive please post your results. For the price and reviews on Tirerack.com I like what Im reading. I would be running stock size mostly highway,light offroad,concerns are Fuel mileage,ride comfort,good wearing characteristics,more rugged look than stock. Also looking at Yokohama AT/S or AT tires please comment on your experiences with these tires.Thanx Sugarfly/8 ;)
  • I checked with Toyota and my 2004 didn't fall in the range of the trucks that were recalled for the lower ball joint recall. I do find it odd that at 35psi they would feather more on the sides because I've always read that more tire pressure causes tires to wear in the middle and lower tire pressure causes wear on the edges.

    Anyways, I'll be replacing the tires soon. I may go with the Continental 80,000 mile tires at the big W______ box store and see how they do. They cost just a little more than the Goodyear 50,000 mile tires. Anyone here put Continental tires on their Taco - Continental tires have a good reputation (don't they or do they not?). p.s. 99% of the time my truck is on asphault.
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