Where are you driving?
One of the first things to take into consideration (after asking your wife/girlfriend for permission to buy new shoes first) is where you will be driving your vehicle.
Do you put a lot of highway miles on your truck? Do you live in a 4-season state and experience all weather conditions, or do you live where the sun don’t shine? Do you drive a combination of street and off road, or exclusively off road? These are all good questions to ask.
Most Toyota Tundras come stock with your all-season/all-terrain tires- good for your everyday basic needs and “street” driving. Most guys spend the majority of their time driving on the road with the occasional off-road endeavor so even sticking to your 32’s or 33’s will help preserve the integrity of your ECU components. If you’re looking for quality and longevity, Michelins, BF Goodrich KO2’s, and Toyo AT’s are fantastic all-terrain tires for your daily driving needs. If you’re looking to rock climb or off road in sand, snow, or mud, you will need to choose a bigger and taller tire. For these uses, you should look at tires with aggressive, angled or lug treads and large sipes.
Of course, Micky Thompson Baja MTZ’s would work with great success, they look tough and make you sit high and pretty. If an off-road Tundra isn’t what you’re seeking, you should consider a moderately-aggressive mud tire or more aggressive all-terrain tires. If you’re looking to keep your TRD as a daily driver and want to keep some money in your pocket, then Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws would work for your back-road Tundra just fine.
What is your budget?
Unless money is no object, your wife and budget are tied as the number one nagger, I mean factor, in deciding which tires to buy. I know you’d love to put that set of 37x12.50R20LT Nitto Ridge Grapplers on your machine, but money doesn’t grow on trees and groceries are more important, right? One may end up neglecting those easily forgotten costs when it comes to your budget: like new rims, a lift/leveling kit if the size tire you want doesn’t fit, mounting and balancing all of the tires, transfer of your TPM sensors, labor costs, taxes, and even a spare tire. There are some great package deals you may be able to find but you’ll definitely have to search for the right, reliable vendor.
What is your preference?
Dressing your truck with new shoes is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Everyone’s preference and style is going to be different no matter what so what works for some, may not work for everyone else. Some people like a rugged off-road machine, and some people like a pretty street princess. I’m the type of girl who likes fat meaty tires. Method Double Standards with 35X12.5X17 Toyo MTs to be exact; however, Nitto Ridge Grapplers would give me life! But some guys like a 6 inch lift with 33x20’s (in my opinion that’s like putting ballet slippers on a linebacker). Either way, whatever your specific style is, there are limitless choices to suit your needs. You just have to make sure you take the time to research and find the best quality tires for your Tundra’s needs.
What are your favorite tires and what is your specific style? I’d love to hear. By the way, here is why your low tire pressure warning on.