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Buying New Wheels For Your Toyota Car or Truck

A new set of wheels is like a facelift for your Toyota car or truck. Whether you’re looking for chrome spinners or prefer the more traditional look of alloy rims, there are plenty of Toyota wheels and discount Toyota OEM parts available at Discount Parts Monster.

But, there are a lot of things you should know before you start shopping in order to ensure you are choosing the right wheels for your vehicle. It’s not just about the way your new wheels look, it’s also about they way they feel, fit and how they handle. The wrong set of wheels can have a negative impact on the way your car drives so it’s important to do your homework ahead of time.
There are a lot of things to consider when buying new wheels for your Toyota.  Among the biggest factors are proper sizing, bolt pattern, offset, and center bore. All four elements are outlined in detail below.

Measuring Your Wheels

Proper sizing is essential when choosing new Toyota wheels. Even if you’re looking to size up or down on your next set of rims, it’s important to measure the size of your current wheels to know how much room you have to work with. This is also helpful if you are going to be choosing new tires to go along with your new wheels.

Unless you’re experienced in the auto industry, all those numbers listed by the wheels you’re looking to buy probably don’t mean too much to you aside from resurrecting old math class nightmares. Not to worry, it’s really not that complicated when you break it all down.
To measure the diameter, simply measure the distance across the wheel at the center. In other words, the height of the wheel. This is the first number in your wheel measurement. As an example, let’s say your Toyota Tacoma rims have a diameter of 18 inches.
Next, we’ll look at the width of the wheels. For this, measure the wheel’s depth from bead seat to bead seat. That’s the second number in your measurement — let’s say seven inches in this example.
Now you’ve got the wheel measurement for your Toyota Tacoma: 18”x7”. Sizing up or down to a small degree is okay on your next set of rims, but most experts recommend staying close to your original wheel size, especially when it comes to diameter, for the best ride.

Measuring Bolt Pattern

The wheel bolt pattern is also key to ensure you are buying the right kind of wheels for your Toyota. First, count the number of bolts (also called lugs) on the wheel. Usually, it’s four or five but some vehicles have more. That’s the first number in the bolt pattern. Let’s say your Tacoma wheel has five bolts in this example.

Next, measure the distance between the bolts. For wheels with an even number of bolts simply measure the distance from the center of one bolt directly across the wheel to the center of the other bolt. For wheels with an odd number of bolts, measure the distance from the center of one bolt straight across again to the center point between two bolts on the opposite side.
Let’s say your measurement here is 4.5 inches. That means your bolt measurement would read: 5 x 4.5”. This measurement is also done in millimeters at times, in which case you would simply convert the inches to millimeters.

Breaking Down Offset

Another key step before purchasing new Toyota wheels is determining the offset of your vehicle. The offset of a wheel indicates where most of the weight from the vehicle sits. There are three choices here — a positive offset, negative offset or zero offset.

Most current factory-manufactured wheels have a positive offset, meaning the hub mounting surface, which is the circle area that houses the lugs and mounts the wheel to the car, is going to be on the outside of wheel toward the side that can be seen from the street.
To determine the offset of a vehicle, measure the distance from the wheel’s edge to the centerline. For this example, let’s say it’s 160 millimeters. Next, measure the distance from the mounting surface to the edge of the street-side wheel. For this example, we will say it’s 130 millimeters. Finally, subtract the second number from the first and you will get the offset. For this example, 160 - 130 = 30-millimeter offset, reflecting a positive offset.
A negative number represents a negative offset. If the number is zero then, you guessed it, you’ve got a zero offset which means the rim’s mounting surface is flush with the centerline of the tire.

Center Bore

This an area where you’ve got some wiggle room. The center bore of a wheel is the large center circle between the lugs. You can locate this on the back of the wheel. Measure the diameter of the center bore to determine the size.

Factory-manufactured wheels will have machined center bores that ensure a precise fit, but the center bore size of after-market wheels will vary. This is not too big of an issue, however, since drivers can now purchase a centric ring. This metal or plastic ring goes inside the center bore and ensures a more snug fit and broaden the wheel options for drivers.
Toyota vehicles have a reputation for longevity which is among one of the biggest selling points for buyers. In fact, in a report published back in February by iSeeCars.com, Toyota had four different vehicle models make the sites list of ‘Top 10 Longest-Lasting Vehicles’, more than any other car or truck brand.
But, the lifespan of a car can be altered by many factors. Regular maintenance and proper care for a vehicle are important, especially as the miles pile up. And choosing the right wheels for your Toyota car or truck is key too because the wrong kind or ill-fitting wheels can cause a plethora of issues and even put driver safety at risk. So, remember what you have learned here and shop wisely for your next set of Toyota wheels.