Well it was time to go up in tire size. I decided after much debate on upgareding to a 16" wheel and stepping up to the 255/85/16 size. This was for better clearence and traction since my rig is mostly a trail rig. The tires arrived at my house and we got a quick wiegh in at 50.3 pounds. Then though them in the back and headed to Lokey Truck to do the install.
Once they were on the 16x7 enkei wheels and mounted on the Tacoma, we realized the back ones were fine but the front inner fenders would need the typical mods. I did a quick trim of the lower and upper pinch welds to make them fit. I am still getting some rubbing so I will do a little more work reguarding the inner fender liner fastners. That should solve it.
I was really happy with the new stance of the truck. There was a big difference coming off the 31" tires before. The added ground clearence is going to make a huge difference since my bigest problem has always been getting high centered on rock ledges. The rims also have different back space then my stock ones so I also benefit from a slightly wider stance.
I have about 12 miles on the tires at this time so the full verdict will be told after the 7500 mile baja trip. However the 12 miles I drove were in a monsoon LOL. It was one of those typical Florida fronts with driving rain and 35 mph winds. It was a mix of highway and city streets with lots of standing water. Never once did I get any wheel spin or feel unsteady either at speed or under acceleration. So far the Tires are looking like a good choice. I will post more feed back after our first shake down run next weekend, and then again after the baja trip where they will see about 4500 miles of road and 3000 offroad.