Toyota Tundra Tire Sizes Guide – Stock and Larger Tire Size Options

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Trying to find tires for your Toyota Tundra? Here is a quick guide on what tire sizes the it uses. Plus, here is what you need to know when going larger.

Toyota Tundra Tire Sizes Guide - Stock and Larger Tire Options

What size tire do you have or want to have? Here is a handy guide.

There aren’t too many different tires sizes Toyota has used for the truck. Here are for the different types/sizes.

OEM Tire Sizes – Toyota Tundra

Model Year Original Factory Tacoma Tire Sizes Sorted By Rim Size
2000-2006 245/70 R16 265/70 R16 265/65 R17 275/55 R18
2007-2013 285/70 R17 255/70 R18 275/65 R18 275/55 R20
2014- 285/70 R17 255/70 R18 275/65 R18 275/55 R20

The majority of owners will fall in the 255/70 R18 or 275/65 R18 range. The larger R20s are special package upgrades for most buyers.

Lug Nut Patterns

The next step to finding tires is to check the lug nut patterns. This will generally seperate out 2wd and 4wd tires. Generally, 6 lug patterns are used in 4wd pickups while 5 lug patterns are more common on 2wd trucks.

How Tall Can You Go?

Undoubetdly the most common question asked is how large can you go with tires. It is a really easy way to add height to your truck and create a more “unique” look. While the Tundra has an ample amount of wheel well space, you can go to big and rub the tire.

The simplest way to go bigger is to just go with one of the sizes above. Going larger than this may mean:

  1. Your truck’s speedometer and odometer can get out of whack with the larger size. You will then need to reprogram your truck’s computer to recalculate this for you.
  2. Bigger tires may look cooler, but they have less low-end torque. Essentially, you are adding more rubber for the axle to turn which means they will turn slower – slower off the line speed. Consider that many off-road vehicles have a different rear axle to accommodate the larger tires.

Rules of Thumb to Remember

3% Height and Width. Most tire dealers also call this the “plus 1″ tire size increase. Generally, you can increase your tire height and width by 3% each without having to do a lift or leveling kit.

An important note is that not every tire manufacture makes tires that are exactly 3% larger and this may not be an option for you.
1″ Lift = 1″ Tire Height. If you have a lift, you can go larger. How much? About 1″ inch per lift inch. Essentially, if you have a 3″ lift, you can add 3″ to your tire height. However, this doesn’t apply to width. Increasing width requires different backspacing.

Over-Sized Tundra Tires

Note: These recommendations are based on the factory wheels. Using an upgraded rim with different backspacing will allow you to increase to a wider tire. Also, if you go really wide, you will want to consider fender flares.

First Gen Tundra 

No Lift Kit
Max tire sizes are:

  • 16″ rims: 275/70 R16 – 4/10ths wider, half-inch taller than largest factory tire size
  • 17″ rims: 265/70 R17 – one inch taller but same width as factory
  • 17″ rims: 275/65 R17 – 4/10ths wider, half-inch taller than largest factory tire size

1.5 – 2″ Leveling Kit (or less)
When installing a leveling kit, you might be able to fit some wider tires than what we have listed. It may require some trimming though, but it is possible.
Max tire sizes are:

  • 16″ rims: 265/75 R16 – one inch taller but same width as factory
  • 17″ rims: 275/70 R17 – 1.5 inches taller and 4/10ths wider than factory

3″ Lift Kit
With a 3″ lift kit, the options continue to get better. However, the wider the tire, the greater the likelihood of trimming.
Max tire sizes are:

  • 16″ rims: 285/75 R16 – slightly more than 2″ taller than factory, this tire is 8/10ths wider than factory as well. This width may be problematic in tight turns and/or at full suspension compression.
  • 16″ rims: 265/80 R16 – an oddball size, this tire is the same width as the factory but more than 2″ taller
  • 17″ rims: 285/70 R17 – slightly more than 2″ taller than factory, this tire is 8/10ths wider than factory as well. This width may be problematic in tight turns and/or at full suspension compression.

Second Gen Tundra

No Lift Kit
Max tire sizes are:

  • 18″ rims: 285/65 R18 – 5/10ths taller and 4/10ths wider than factory. Trimming may be necessary.
  • 20″ rims: 275/60 R20 – one inch taller but same width as factory

1.5 – 2″ Leveling Kit (or less)
When installing a leveling kit, you might be able to fit some wider tires than what we have listed. It may require some trimming though, but it is possible.
Max tire sizes are:

  • 18″ rims: 275/70 R18 – One inch taller but same width as factory.
  • 18″ rims: 285/70 R18 – 4/10ths wider and 1.7 inches taller than factory. Trimming may be necessary.
  • 18″ rims: 295/65 R18 – 1 inch taller, 8/10ths wider than factory. Trimming is probably needed due to width.
  • 20″ rims: 285/60 R20 – 4/10ths wider and 1.5 inches taller than factory.

3″ Lift Kit
With a 3″ lift kit, the options continue to get better. However, the wider the tire, the greater the likelihood of trimming.
Max tire sizes are:

  • 18″ rims: 285/75 R18 – 4/10ths wider and 2.8″ taller than factory.
  • 18″ rims: 305/70 R18 – 1.2 inches wider and 2.8″ taller than factory. There are Tundra owners running this size, but trimming is required. Replacing the stock wheels with after-market 18′s that have less backspacing is recommended.
  • 20″ rims: 285/65 R20 – 4/10ths wider, 1.6″ taller than factory.
  • 20″ rims: 305/60 R20 – 1.2 inches wider and 2.4″ taller than factory. There are Tundra owners running this size, but trimming is required (it’s a tight fit).

Lastly, remember that when you shopping for tires, you may not find the exact tire you need for BOTH height and width. Manufactures make a range of tires to meet a general demand.

Where to Shop?

Shopping for tires in the old days was a lot of driving around and phone calls. These days you have a lot more online choices. Just don’t forget the brick and mortar shops. They might just have a coupon or sale that can save you some money.

Questions? Let us know.

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  1. Mickey says:

    This article is en”TIRE”ly right.

  2. Mike T says:

    I am an idiot when it comes to understanding what size I can safely add to my current wheels without any mods or at least the least amount of mods to do so.
    this article really help me a lot.

  3. Will says:

    Awesome information !!!
    The tire size branded on the sidewall provides a significant amount of information about the tire’s intended purpose, dimensions, load capacity and high temperature/high speed and durability.

  4. Kevin says:

    Right now I have 285/65r20 tires on my 2008 Tundra. It is time to replace the tires and I was wondering if I have to replace them with the same size tire to fit my rim. I can only find 2 tires on the market for that size and I would like a little more variety. Especially because one of those 2 tires is my current tire that I have not been overly impressed with (BF Goodrich all terrain ta/ko). I like the look of my current tires, but would like more choices in tire selection. Thoughts?

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  6. c32077 says:

    Thank you very much for this post. This was hugely helpful as a reference and has helped me find a new tire option which I am really hoping I can afford someday soon. I am absolutely clueless about tires and wheels. I look for these types of things all over the web to get a better idea. Can anyone tell me if there is some type of formula or a set of them to figure out what kind of tire/wheel/spacer combos will fit a stock/leveled/lifted truck. Or better yet am interactive type of calculator for this.

    I can see it in my mind. Just a simple graphic of a cross sectioned, front view of a tire/wheel setup in a fender well. Type in the current wheel specs, tire specs and lift to set it as zero (this would assume your zero’d setup is already an optimal fit with no rub). Then just change parameters and the graphic updates with errors or suggestions like other tire sizes, lift amount, wheel offset, spacer size, etc. I know I am dreaming here, but is there anything at all like this on the web somewhere? Anyone know a coder with the skills to make it happen? He/she would be a hero among the tire, wheel and lift shoppers out there for sure.

  7. Herb Ragle says:

    I found that even though the tires at the Toyota dealer cost a little more, the fact that they didn’t charge me for mounting and balancing, and they sold them as buy 3 get 1 for a dollar made them much less expensive than Discount Tire. I saved a coupl hundred when I bought 5 Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO in 285-65/18.

  8. Chris corliss says:

    I just serviced my 2008 Tundra 4.7 engine for timing and water pump as it is 96000 miles. After the service my trucks traction control kept going off and the abs and engine were adjusting while i was making an exit turn the kind that tilts the truck a little side ways. flat hard turns wouldn’t set it off. they came to a conclusion that because my tires are now 265 instead of 255 size 18 rims this is the cause.
    that 10 mm difference in width. How can this be possible?
    I just had them install new factory size tires and will test them on the turn today. Anyone have a similar problem?

  9. Greg says:

    Hi, I am going to add 3/2 lift to my 2011 Tundra. Will I be ok adding Nitto Trail Grapplers 295/70/18 without adding rubbing or trimming?

  10. calvin says:

    Can I use 245 75 r16 tire on 2002 Toyota Tundra. It’s 2 wheel drive. Is there any safety issue I should be concerned about if I use them.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:

      Calvin,

      There shouldn’t be a safety issue, it is all about fitting. Since you are going taller in the tire, you will need to check for rubbing. Our understanding of the Gen 1 Tundra trucks is that tire is simply too tall for the wheel well. Meaning it will likely rub when you are turning or driving it. You could get around this by trimming (cutting) the wheel well larger to fit. Your choice.

      -Tim

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