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TRD Wheels Add Style to Toyota Trucks

Wheels & Tires  /   /  By Mark Bach

Toyota truck owners can easily dress up their ride with a set of new rims. There are many options, but the place to start is the ultra-popular lineup of TRD Pro wheels.

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What are TRD Pro Wheels?

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is the motorsports division of Toyota. The American arm has been around since 1979. It offers engineering and technology to advance Toyota racers in a variety of motorsports. This includes:

  • NASCAR
  • NHRA Top Fuel and Funny car
  • Formula Drift

The division also adapts its racing technology for everyday car enthusiasts.

The TRD Pro Series of products offers a full range of performance parts and accessories. Many Toyota truck owners start upgrading with TRD wheels.

Popular TRD Wheel Choices

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But here are my three favorite TRD Pro wheels.

1.) 2020 TRD BBS Wheel

The 2020 TRD BBS wheel looks awesome in a black matte finish that contrasts with the red TRD center caps. I also like tall-and-wide rims.

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2020 TRD wheels from BBS

2.) Toyota SEMA 17-inch Wheel

The Toyota SEMA 17-inch wheel is also one of my favorites. Many Toyota owners love its rugged appearance.

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Toyota SEMA 17-inch TRD wheel

3.) 17″ Bronze Toyota TRD Pro Wheels

Or add bling with these bronze 17-inch beauties.

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Bronze 17-inch TRD wheels

Reasons to Swap Wheels to TRD Wheels

The main reason for a new set of TRD wheels is style. But there are other real benefits.

Reduce Unsprung Weight

Replacing steel wheels with lightweight aluminum forged wheels reduces unsprung weight. That’s the part of a vehicle’s weight not carried by the suspension and springs. That includes the wheels, axles, and hubs.

The less unsprung weight, the easier it is to move the truck. It means better handling. Bottom line: Many of those lightweight aluminum TRD Pro wheels look slick. But they also improve the ride.

Wider Stance

TRD Pro wheels usually are seven inches wide with 11 millimeters of backspacing and a 4-mm offset. This translates to a wider stance of about an inch. BBS, the high-performance outfit, makes the latest 2020 TRD Pro wheels. Those 18-inch rims (with an 8-inch width) add even more substance to the stance.

Why TRD Pro Wheels?

While TRD Pro wheels add to the vehicle’s curb appeal, you want to ensure that they’re a good fit. TRD engineers look at the original factory ride and then design specific wheels that are lighter, stiff, and durable. They also make sure the designs help cool the brakes and don’t interfere with the truck’s suspension.

Fitment

With TRD Pro wheels, you can rest assured that the rim fits correctly against the hub of your Toyota vehicle. The stock lug nuts will be the right length to engage the wheel fully. In other words, you won’t have to worry if the fit from another supplier is “close enough.” Safety first.

We suggest using the eBay Motors My Garage fitment guide for your specific vehicle. You’ll want to be exact based on your specific model.

For example, Toyota made 16-inch TRD Pro wheels for a Tacoma. Meanwhile, 17-inch wheels can fit the 4Runners and FJ Classics. The TRD folks know that the 16-inch wheels won’t fit the 4Runner’s brake rotors and calipers. So they don’t list them as a choice for 4Runner drivers. On the other hand, you’ll have more than enough room installing the 17-inch wheels on a 4Runner.

TRD Wheel color choices

Depending on year and model, TRD Pro wheels are often offered in matte black and gunmetal gray. But bronze and gloss black also show up as options on eBay. Have some fun with color choice.

The matte black wheels are sharp, although they blend in with the black tires. Other colors jump out. For a custom look, consider a painting (or powder-coating) to the desired shade. You can let the pro paint shop do the work.

Or give it a try yourself. If you go the DIY route, follow these steps:

  1. Lightly scuff up the rims
  2. Spray it with paint adhesion promoter
  3. Spray several thin coats in a dust-free area
  4. Top with a clear coat (matte or glossy) for extra protection

TRD wheels have an optional center cap with the TRD logo. That also helps distinguish the look. But please take note. Some sellers do not include the center caps with the wheels but offer them separately.

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About the Author

Mark C. Bach has oil in his veins and remembers feeler gauges and brake springs. He has a love for all things that move, especially old-school muscle cars. Bach writes for a variety of outlets, including Chevy Classics and FuelCurve.com, and maintains Route66pubco.com.

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