What Are The Best First Trucks To Buy?

July 21, 2022

Top 5 Trucks To Buy As Your First Vehicle

Today, we want to sit down and chat a little bit about a question we get asked pretty often. We get a lot of messages that say "Hey man, I'm 16, and I'm looking to buy my first truck. What would you recommend?" Gather round today, because we're gonna be talking about our top five picks for your first truck - and stay tuned, because number one is a real heater.

Before we do that, though, you should know that once you get your truck, you'll probably want to mod it, and the good news is that we know of a great place that you can order a lift kit, wheels, and tires, and get them all shipped to your door for free! It's here. Right here on our store, linked below. With that in mind, let's jump right into our list!

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Table Of Contents:

-Best First Truck 5: 1999-02 Chevrolet Silverado

-Best First Truck 4: 2002-08 Dodge Ram

-Best First Truck 3: 1997-03 Ford F-150

-Best First Truck 2: 2000-06 Toyota Tundra

-Best First Truck: Cateye Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra


2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with Rough Country leveling kit and American Racing wheels

Features and Pricing of the 1999-2002 Chevrolet Silverado

The number one truck on our top five list is the '99-'02 Silverado. It's one of the best bang-for-your-buck trucks in the market right now, as these GM models can be had all day long for under $5000 if you know where to look. If you do find one, make sure it's got the 5.3-liter V8 under the hood, which makes around 285 horsepower, more than enough for anything you need to do with it.

What Are the Best Wheel and Tire Sizes for a 99-02 Silverado?

These trucks look good, they sound great with an exhaust, and the best part is that you can find several lift kits for these trucks under the $1500 market from some of the biggest suspension manufacturers in the business - Rough Country, Superlift, Zone, pretty much all of them. Additionally, there are hundreds of examples of these trucks in our gallery on 20x12 wheels and 33-inch tires, a super functional tire pairing. The 99-02 Silverado looks fantastic, is functional, and holds its own really well.

Read More: Which Chevy Silverado Trim Package Is Best?

2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with Bilstein leveling kit and TIS 544MB wheels

Features and Pricing of the 2002-2008 Dodge Ram

Coming in next is the 2002 to 2008 Dodge Ram. Dubbed the third gen because it was, well, the third generation of the model, the 02-08 Ram proved to be a complete revamp of the Ram truck lineup. It featured an updated frame, suspension, powertrain, and interior - in other words, Dodge basically reworked the entire truck on this one.

What Are the Best Wheel and Tire Sizes for a 2002-08 Dodge Ram?

While definitely not a new truck anymore, the third-gen Dodge Ram still looks really good even here in 2022. Additionally, they're available with a HEMI engine, which is pretty freaking neat. A six-inch lift kit for these trucks comes in at right around $1200, and it'll get you enough clearance to fit 35s and 12-wides easily.

Read More: Everything You Need To Know About RAM Trim Packages

2000 Ford F-150 with XD XD797 wheels

Features and Pricing of the 1997-2003 Ford F-150

The number three spot on our list is occupied by the 1997-03 Ford F-150 - while it's not necessarily our favorite body style, these trucks are available in plenty, and depending on where you look you'll be able to find hundreds of them just hanging out at a time. Most of them will be under $5000 too, making them a great buy for the price. These F-150 models came in color options including silver and burgundy, so while they're not the flashiest vehicles you can buy, they're still a great value, especially when you find one with a 5.4-liter V8 under the hood - that one puts out 260 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

In terms of suspension, these trucks are in about the same boat as the rest, with most of the major manufacturers offering five-inch kits for under $1000. Most notable here is actually the Zone six-inch lift kit, which you can scoop up for just over 1300 bucks, making it a pretty decent buy.

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2006 Toyota Tundra with Bilstein leveling kit and Raceline Assault wheels

Features and Pricing of the First-Generation Toyota Tundra

In our runner-up spot is something that might be pretty controversial, in the first-gen Toyota Tundra. While it's not always the first choice when it comes to your first truck, the first-gen Tundra offered a 4.7-liter V8, the first time Toyota ever offered a V8 engine in a pickup. The first generation was slightly larger than the Tundra's T100 predecessor, and was made between 2000 and 2006. Later in its production years, Toyota offered these trucks with a TRD supercharger on both its V6 and V8 models, although it can be tough to find those nowadays.

What Are the Best Wheel and Tire Sizes for a First-Generation Toyota Tundra?

Still, the first-gen Toyota Tundra looks pretty good, and overall, it's pretty reliable for what it is. Plus, they were rated "Good" by the IIHS in frontal crash test ratings, making the Tundra one of the safest trucks in the business for its time. The best part about these trucks though, and all Toyota trucks, is that the lift kits you can get for them are dirt cheap. You could get a full-on coilover kit for your first-gen Tundra for just over $1300, which is gnarly.

You won't have a massive wheel and tire package that can fit on a first-gen Tundra, but 33s on some 12-wides will fit easily, as long as you're willing to do a little persuading with a BFH.

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with Ultra Baron wheels and Cranked leveling kit

Features and Pricing of the Cat-Eye Chevrolet Silverado

The number one spot is filled by the ever-hyped, always appreciated, and beautiful cat-eye Silverado - before we get ahead of ourselves, technically it's both the Silverado and the GMC Sierra, since both trucks share the same mechanical parts, but you know.

Either way, this generation of trucks is heavily sought-after, and it's a great truck for just about anyone. The aforementioned 5.3-liter V8 is a solid engine, and we've seen them run for over 200,000 miles with little to no maintenance required. It's important to note that if you're just getting started in the truck game, your budget might be a little smaller than you'd like, so be sure to find a truck with good maintenance records, and you shouldn't have any issues to worry about.

Another awesome thing about the cat eye Silverado is that it utilizes the same suspension components as the trucks before it, meaning that you could score a lift for under 2000 bucks. Pair that with some great wheels and tires, and you've got a lot of setup for not a lot of cash.

Read More: What Makes the Cat-Eye Chevrolet Silverado So Great?

Shop Wheels, Tires, and Suspension For Your Truck at Custom Offsets

Now that you've got your first truck in mind, the next step is to head over to our store, see the wheels and tires that you like the best, and add them to your cart. We'll handle the mounting, balancing and shipping for free when you package new wheels and tires together, so what are you waiting for? Snag the setup you've been dreaming of and of course, feel free to hit us up if you have any questions - we're always here to help. 

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