Toyota wheels on a Nissan?

Like2_4Wheel Jul 4, 2018

  1. Like2_4Wheel

    Like2_4Wheel Test Drive

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    Hey guys I saw some 16" wheels on kijiji for only $50! They fit a Toyota 4Runner or Tacoma. I am wondering if they would fit my 2003 Xterrra.

    If you have any pictures of Toyota wheels on a Xterra that would be great!
     
  2. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Check the lug pattern. I know yotas are 6 lug, but if it's 6x5.5 you're golden.
     
  3. Like2_4Wheel

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    The bolt pattern is the same, but the center hole is bigger. Not sure if that messes any thing up.
     
  4. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Nissans work fine as lug centric. So you f the hub on the wheels is bigger, it'll be fine.
     
  5. Like2_4Wheel

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    ok
     
  6. paulforeman02

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    I know this is an old thread. Just adding this information because if anyone is reasearching and finds this thread, I want people to know how to do it right. This kind of operation can be dangerous if you don't do it correctly, and I just want people to be safe while having their fun.

    Here's how my truck looks now:

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    Option 1: Steel Wheels

    I've studied this extensively and found 3 options that work. The wheel studs spacing is the same spacing (6 X 5.5), but the hub bore is larger on Toyota hubs (106mm vs 100mm on the Frontier/Xterra). Make sure you get the wheel centered correctly. Steel wheels will bolt straight on using your factory nissan hubs. Hub rings won't work for steel wheels because there is no counter bore for the rings to fit in, so you have to make sure you get them centered well using the lug nuts (not the best option, but doable).

    If the Toyota wheels are aluminum, it is POSSIBLE.


    Option 2: Wheel Stud Swap

    You will need to get new lug studs and swap them out. Toyota uses lug shanks (mag shanks) on their aluminum wheels. If you use the regular acorn seat lug nuts (Nissan style), the wheels can get loose and fall off. I've actually seen someone try this and loose a wheel while driving. Here's a diagram...

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    If you are determined to use aluminum wheels, you can do what I did... Go to O'Reilly Auto Parts and get someone who knows something to look up some lug nuts for you in their catalog (they're like $3/each). You can swap ALL YOUR WHEEL STUDS out with some that have these specs:

    (A) Knurl Diameter 0.506-.509 inches (or equivalent mm).
    (B) Thread Size M12 x 1.5
    (C) Under-head Length: 1.5in (roughly)

    You'll have to figure out exactly what length you need, although I believe 2" ones work... if you get them too long, they won't fit behind the rear hub to press them in. I used this set ---> ARP Wheel Studs. I had to cut them down and add a taper. I then realized the ones from O'Reilly are cheaper and easier to get the right size.

    If you press them all out, swap them out, then you can use the Toyota lug nuts to hold the Aluminum wheels on.

    Do yourself a favor and get the correct hub rings to fit your wheels (here --->) Hub Rings 106 to 100 bore

    Here's a few pictures of mine with the center caps cut. These fit over the center caps no issues. I cut them for easier access.


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    Option 3: Bolt-on Wheel Spacers

    Alternatively, you can also use a bolt-on hub spacer for a Toyota. The SpiderTrax spacers won't fit over the front hubs material too thick), but these will ---> THESE WHEEL SPACERS WILL FIT OVER YOU HUB. (I ran them for a while before doing a full stud swap... didn't like the stance, as most Aluminum Toyota wheels have less offset than Nissan wheels do, adding a spacer made it too wide for my taste), plus running 33's, I got a TON of rubbing.

    You will just need a set of Toyota lug nuts to install the wheels to the hubs. Use your factory lugs to install the spacer to the vehicle (Again, I highly recommend using the correct hub rings).


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    Option 4 (easiest): Get Mag Shank lugs that fit Nissan studs (M12 x 1.25).

    You have to make sure the shank diameter on the lug nuts you get matches the Toyota shank diameter, otherwise you won't be able to center the wheel. I haven't tried this, but it looks like these are the ones to get: https://www.brandsport.com/grla-73128t.html

    Or something with the same specs. These should make it so that you can bolt a Toyota wheel directly to your Nissan hub using the studs you already have. I didn't realize this was an option when I did mine, that's why I swapped all the studs. Oh well.


    Good luck! If you've already done it, which option did you do and how did it work out for you?

    -Paul
     
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  7. BEEFY

    BEEFY I Smile when Gasoline Can Freeze

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    I just did this on my 2000 frontier. I used the hub centric rings and ordered mag lugs M12x1.25 to fit the nissan studs
     
  8. paulforeman02

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    Cool, glad to hear that those 12x1.25 lugs work well! I kinda wish I would have gone that route instead (less work), but I can always just use M12x1.5 acorn seat lugs if I ever go back to Nissan wheels.
     
  9. BEEFY

    BEEFY I Smile when Gasoline Can Freeze

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    They were a bit pricier than I wanted to spend, But cheaper than buying new studs and toyota lugs.
     
  10. paulforeman02

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    I just got Toyota lugs at the junkyard. They didn't charge me for them. What wheels did you go with?
     
  11. BEEFY

    BEEFY I Smile when Gasoline Can Freeze

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    Same ones in your last pick with some jeep take off m/t tires
     
  12. excuses4excursions

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    picking up a set of 06 tundra wheels: 17"x7.5" wheel with 5" backspacing and 275/70/17 BFG KO2 10-ply on them for $200. Did some research before buying, I should just need a 106>100mm hub ring and the mag lugs in M12 x 1.25. Also found blank hub caps without the toyota symbol on eBay. That way I'm not running around with the yota badge on the xterra confusing everybody lol
     
  13. paulforeman02

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    Correct, if you want to keep your Nissan lugs, you'll need the special mag lugs that fit our thread pitch. Again, I think these are the ones: https://www.brandsport.com/grla-73128t.html

    FYI, the hub rings don't engage very well on the rear hub. the drum brake doesn't allow much lip on the hub to actually get the hub ring to seat and engage on the inside of the wheel. I don't even use them on the rear because the mag lugs center my 4Runner wheels pretty well.
     
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  14. Nick Nicolas

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    Isuzu Rodeo 16" on mine, seem to work fine. Look OEM
     

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