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.