TRD 4Runner Wheels Vs. Aftermarket 5th Gen 4Runner Wheels
BLACK Finish 17″ Alloy Wheels – Should you buy TRD Wheels or go with a different company?
5th Gen 4Runner Aftermarket Wheel Alternatives (Best Wheel Companies that make 5th Gen 4Runner Wheels)
We are going to break down a few things in this one. We are going to look at the specs of the TRD wheels, what they can handle as well as a few different options for aftermarket 5th Gen 4runner wheels. Comparatively, which wheels are best for you and the difference between them.
TRD Pro SEMA Wheel Specs:
- 5th Gen 4Runner Wheel Bolt Pattern: 6×139.7mm(5.5″) or 6×5.5
- TRD 4Runner Wheel Size: 17×7
- TRD 4Runner Wheel Offset: 4
- TRD 4Runner Wheel Backspace: 4.5
- TRD 4Runner Wheel Hub Bore: 106mm
OEM (TRD Pro) Wheels – Features and Benefits?
TRD 4 Runner wheels are designed for maximum performance and outstanding appearance. With TRD 4Runner wheels, you get perfect braking, maximum stability on corners, excellent heat dissipation, and a light weight that gives you great speed. There are many different options for you to choose from to get the perfect performance for your vehicle.
Commitment to Vehicle Quality, Ride and Control
When you choose TRD Pro Wheels, you are getting a master design and a commitment to quality that goes far beyond appearance. These wheels are designed to function optimally on your TRD 4Runner Suspension, Tacoma, Tundra, and the FJ. The customization goes far beyond making sure the wheels are the right dimensions to fit the car. These wheels are actually designed to work perfectly on your 4Runner, Tacoma or FJ’s make and model. You can buy TRD wheels with confidence, knowing that your vehicle will function and look better than ever.
Weight Factors with TRD Pro Wheels Vs. Aftermarket Wheels
Weight is always a big factor when looking into wheels. With the TRD 17″ SEMA Concept wheel weighing in at only 25lbs, that’s pretty light. Even lighter is the 16″ Beadlock style TRD Pro wheels weighing in at 23.5lbs. There are other aftermarket wheels that come in at 35+ pounds and some as high as 40 pounds. You want to stay away from anything over 30 pounds in my opinion. Unless you are running 20″ wheels, it is hard to stay under 30lbs.
Also, most 4Runner’s run the 3.4l v6, 4.0l v6 or the 4.7l v8 which is more than enough horsepower to not worry about weight in a wheel. But, if you are running a 2.7l v4 (2wd), you may want to consider a lighter wheel. Also, this is just for reference, 5th Gen 4Runners do have a 2.7l v4 in 4wd and mostly everything 5th Gen worth talking about is 4wd.
Tires and Wheels Together (Big Decision)
Also, you want to consider which tire you are going to run along side your chosen wheel. With the TRD 17″ SEMA Concept wheel and the 16″ Beadlock style TRD Pro wheels, you have completely different options for tires. Let’s take the TRD 17″ SEMA wheel for example and see what our tire options we have. The larger in diameter the wheel gets, the more adjustments and 5th Gen 4Runner Lift/ Level Mods you will need to make.
TRD 17″ SEMA Wheel/Tire Options
- 265/70/17 (Stock) (7-9″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
- 255/75/17 (6.5-8.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
- 270/70/17 (7-8.5″ Space Needed) – Won’t Rub
- 285/70/17 (7.5-9″ Space Needed) – Questionable (Body Mount Chop May be Needed)
- 305/65/17 (8.5-11″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
- 255/80/17 (6.5-8.5″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
- 305/70/17 (8-9.5″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
- 285/75/17 (7.5-9.5″ Space Needed) – Will Rub – Adjustments/Mods Needed
What’s So Special about the TRD Wheels?
TRD doesn’t just look at wheels when designing wheels. Team TRD looks at all the design criteria for each vehicle that they design wheels for, and then they use state-of-the-art CAD design techniques in order to design and manufacture the optimal wheel for that car. In designing TRD wheels, they take into account the weight, the TRD brakes, and offset to make sure that the wheel fits, performs reliably, and has the perfect finish. If you are looking to off-road, the TRD wheels are going to be a perfect match for any application you throw at them.
You really can’t go wrong with TRD wheels for your 5th Gen 4Runner, these wheels fit, function and perform absolutely perfect for your body on frame runner.
Best Aftermarket 5th Gen 4Runner Wheel Options
For personal reasons, we picked our top wheels from each wheel manufacturer. Take a look at the graphic below of our favorite options for 5th Gen 4Runner wheels. In another post, you will find out which wheels we went with. We had a set of ATX wheels on the Trail T4R Runner, and a set of Fuel Wheels (Vapor) on my girls 2016 SR5 4Runner. We will be replacing the ATX wheels due to an oxidation issue, total bummer because the wheels were clean.
So far, the Fuel Wheels have been pretty epic (We should have gone with a negative offset through -6, -10, -12 would have been nice). In any case, here is a graphic of my top choices for 4Runner Wheels. Share Away!
My Top pick for Aftermarket 4Runner Wheels
- Stealth Custom Series Wheels (So Dope!)
- Method Racing Wheels (Also pretty nasty!)
- Fuel Wheels (Subtle, Flashly, Tribal Tattoos, They have it all)
- FN Wheels (Simple, Clean, Tight, Quality Wheels)
- ATX (Not my first pick but a few cool designs)
- Icon Alloys (What can I say, it’s Icon, Dope!)
Deciding on the right set of wheels is important
The wheels you have on your 5th Gen 4Runner can make or break the appearance. This is the hub (no pun intended) of your vehicles character. If you go to “BRO”, you might have some serious regrets. When we say BRO, we mean massive amounts of chrome and a 7″ deep dish wheel. No one wants a 7″ deep dish chrome wheel on a 4Runner. At least, we hope not. At the same time, if you get the most basic wheels out there, that everyone has, what will be different about your 4Runner?
Wheel Options for 5th Gen 4Runner (6×139.7mm(5.5″) or 6×5.5 Bolt Pattern)
It is important to note our 5th Gen 4Runner bolt pattern; 6×139.7mm(5.5″) or 6×5.5. You can’t just throw whatever wheel you think looks good on your 4Runner and call it a day. Different wheels are designed to perform optimally on different off-road vehicles per multiple specs. When looking for a 5th Gen 4Runner wheel, you aren’t just looking at the actual wheel. You are looking at a handful of criteria that is going to make up the appearance of the wheel. You need to start off by finding a wheel with our bolt pattern (that’s where I start).
When Choosing 5th Gen 4Runner Wheels (Specs):
- Wheel Size, Style & Finish
- Bolt Pattern (5th Gen = 6×139.7mm(5.5″) or 6×5.5)
- Wheel Bore (5th Gen = 106mm)
- Offset (-offset pushes wheel out. +offset pushes wheel into the wheel well)
- Backspace (Similar to offset – the space between center tire and inside wheel)
- Rating (Weight rating wheels were designed for)
- Weight (lb)
- Lug Type (tapered “conical” and radiused)
- LipSize (in)
Replacing OEM or TRD 4Runner Wheels with Aftermarket Wheels
A lot of people feel that replacing their OEM wheels or TRD wheels with custom aftermarket wheels is more or less a crap shoot because everything mentioned above can be so different. If you find a set of wheels that you love but it runs a wheel bore of 108mm, and your 5th Gen 4Runner runs a 106mm, what do you do? Also, you can find a wheel that you fall in love with but they make absolutely no offset option for it.
Trust me, shopping for wheels can be frustrating. Going with Toyota TRD wheels can make these decisions go away. TRD wheels are designed for your specific 4Runner, so you don’t have to look around and find every detail that will work for your 5th Gen. But, TRD Wheels also don’t come in many different sizes, styles, finishes and offset options.
The main Criteria When Shopping for 5th Gen 4Runner Wheels
If however, you are looking for a set of aftermarket wheels, you will need to do some research in finding what is right for your 4Runner. You need to be 100% sure that the awesome, gorgeous new $250+ wheels you just invested in are going to perform well on your car. There is a core set of details you want to look at before buying a set of 4Runner wheels.
Where to start?
I would start with bolt pattern, then move to wheel bore (are they hub centric or lug centric?) and then move to offset. For the 5th Gen 4Runner, there are only a few aftermarket markets of hub centric wheels (Stealth Custom Series, FN Wheels, TRD wheels, and other OE Yota Wheels). With that being said, it doesn’t much matter if you buy a set of wheels that are lug centric because you can buy a set of hub rings.
Different Types of Wheel Production
There are many different ways to make wheels and many different materials and designs that can be used. There are pros and cons to each kind of wheel. Whether you are looking at steel wheels or custom alloy wheels, you want to note the difference and do your research.
When you are looking at buying wheels, you will need to weigh everything from price to appearance to road performance and all of the details that make a wheel unique. One of the most important factors when deciding is the type of driver you are and whether your wheels are optimized for that style of performance.
Steel wheels are the wheels that come on most cars. They are inexpensive to produce and they are very sturdy, which makes them the obvious choice for stock accessories on most cars. They aren’t really optimized for performance, but they perform well enough that most car owners wouldn’t really care.
If you bought a 4Runner to take you to and from work, it’s reasonable that you wouldn’t really be worried about optimizing its performance. But, performance is all relative here. Many people run steelies (Steel Wheels) and have no problems at all. They actually prefer steelies to allow wheels because it gives them more weight on sleet, snow, and ice. Which may very well be true, but I would personally have a lighter wheel (TRD Alloys) or many of the aftermarket brands mentioned above in the graphic.
Some guys actually prefer steelies to allow wheels because it gives them more weight on sleet, snow, and ice. Which may very well be true, but I would personally have a lighter wheel (TRD Alloys) or many of the aftermarket brands mentioned above in the graphic.
Aluminum Alloy Wheels
Pictured above is a set of 20″ Fuel Vapor wheels on our 2016 5th Gen SR5 4Runner. You can read more about this wheel and tire set up here: Fuel Vapor Wheels & KO2 Tires. This is a pretty nasty looking set-up.
Aluminum alloy wheels are more optimized for performance. They are lightweight, they dissipate heat better, and they perform better during high-load cornering maneuvers. When you’re looking at performance, aluminum alloy wheels are often a better choice than steel wheels.
You can also get three kinds of alloy wheels: forged, cast, and billet.
Forged and cast manufactured wheels are both aluminum. The actual method for producing/ manufacturing these wheels is a little different. Forged aluminum alloy wheels are stronger and in most cases offer a lower weight than cast alloy wheels. At the end of the day, there is not a huge difference in the two. Both forged and cast manufactured wheels are very similar and get the same job done.