Method NV & Nitto Trail Grapplers 

Now that we have a lift, it's time to put some bigger rubber under this build. I spent a lot of time debating what size tire to go with here. Initially I wanted 35x12.50, but after a lot of research, I decided to go with 33s.

35" tires would have caused several issues. First and foremost was clearance. I already knew I was going to have to do a body mount chop, but I wasn't sure what other issues I may get from 35s under the fenders. Not only that, but 35s wouldn't fit on my stock spare tire holder (without modification) and I wouldn't have been able to open my rear window. It's also recommended to swap gearing for 4.56s front/rear because of the larger tire diameter and weight. Finally, the rear bump stop needs to be extended in order to keep the 35s from hitting the rear fender. That's a lot of extra stuff, just to get 35s on the truck. I can avoid all of that by going with 33s, plus I think the 33s look proportionate with the height of the vehicle.

**Side note: my inspiration vehicle is the Icon Vehicle Dynamics FJ Cruiser, which has the same suspension and tires, it also has a lot of other parts I really like, such as Baja Rack and Demello bumpers and sliders. Guess what else I have on order? Notice I didn't black out the front bumper and I haven't touched the roof rack yet. **hint hint**

Once I decided on the tire size, I had to figure out which tires I was going to run. I have 34" Nitto Ridge Grapplers on my Tundra, but I wanted something more aggressive on this build since it's main purpose is off-roading. I liked Goodyear Duratracs that were on it currently, but wasn't sure if they were exactly what I was after. I finally decided that I'd roll another set of Nittos, but this time move to the more aggressive Trail Grappler.

I love my Method "Roost" wheels on the Tundra, so I already knew I was going to do another Method wheel. When I bought the Roost for the Tundra, I was torn between them and the NV. Here was my chance to have both, so I went with the 17x8.5 NV in Matte Black. I ordered both the wheels and tires from DiscountTireDirect and they mounted and balanced them for free! They even used black weights, which saves me from having to paint them afterward.

Total Cost: $2,100

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