As you probably noticed, this is a special issue where we give a little extra focus to the things that quite literally make it possible to drive our cars and trucks—wheels and tires. Wheels and tires are obviously a very functional part of any vehicle, but they can also be a stylish addition to your ride, giving it character and imparting aspects of your own personality and style, while projecting the image you want others to see. They can be stealthy and subtle with matte-black finishes and highway-style DOT tread designs, or they can be wild and outrageous with custom powdercoated colors and exotic finishes combined with aggressive mud terrain or high-traction street tread designs.
After buying a new (or new to you) vehicle, one of the most popular upgrades is installing a new set of wheels and/or tires. This simple act can transform you rig into an entirely new animal. Take my rusty project desert truck for example. With the stock steel wheels and basic highway terrain tires (which were ready to pop, I might add) most people wouldn’t give the truck a second look. But once we installed the suspension to make room for the new KMC Enduro Beadlock wheels and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R 37x12.50r17 tires, the same old rust bucket was transformed into an eye-catching monster. Once all the body work and mods are complete on the project truck it will be sprayed in bright GM “Luxo Blue Metallic” paint from Automotive Touchup, so I had the team at Wehrli Custom Fabrication media-blast and powdercoat the wheels satin black and treat the beadlock rings in a matching bright metallic blue. They will bolt on with a set of polished, stainless steel, 12-point bolts from ARP to give the truck a distinct look. Hopefully everything will come together and we’ll bring you that article in the next issue. One somewhat disturbing trend I have seen develop over the past few years is the fad of ultra-wide wheels and stretched low-profile tires. Originally a favorite of the “Ricer” sport compact import crowd and lowriders, we have seen it move inexplicably into the diesel truck market. On show-specific vehicles like Brandon Davis’ Dodge featured on the cover of this issue, his wheel and tire choice makes the statement he wants for his truck, and since it isn’t driven on the road frequently and won’t be towing or hauling anything it is acceptable. But on a daily driv- er that’s still expected to perform diesel truck duties on a regular basis, please follow the tire manufacturer recommendations on maximum wheel width for your own safety as well as others that share the road with you.
In this issue we deliver our massive Wheel & Tire Buyer’s Guide, with several newfor-2019 wheel styles shown here for the first time ever, along with a popular selection of tires to wrap around them. In addition to the guide, we bring you ten pages of event coverage from the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza in Terre Haute, Indiana, and exclusive behindthe-scenes coverage of the Duramax-powered Brodozer monster truck, with never before seen photos and an exclusive interview. On top of all that, we have a pair of great suspension tech installs that are fitting for any diesel truck, as well as four additional feature trucks that are sure to knock your socks off.
The UDBG team and I hope that you enjoy this issue, and we will continue to work hard and do our best to bring you the best the diesel world has to offer. Feel free to drop me an e-mail to let me know what you think of this issue and what you’d like to see in upcoming editions of Ultimate Diesel Builder’s Guide. And don’t forget keep sending me your submissions to be the next UDBG Reader’s Ride feature truck. Simply e-mail me high-resolution pictures of your truck, including the engine and interior, along with a description of the features that make it special. Until next time, may your wheels always run true and your tires always have plenty of tread! UDBG
After installing the long-travel suspension and new 37-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires wrapped around true beadlock KMC Enduro wheels, the old truck developed a completely different attitude. In spite of the rusty cab, the new wheels and tires helped bring the beast to life.
When I first started work on my Desert Duramax project truck the wheels and tires left something to be desired; with factory steel wheels and “May-pop” tires, it was far from exciting.
So the wheels stand out even more, I delivered them to the team at Wehrli Custom Fab to be media-blasted and powdercoated. They will be installed on the truck soon and give you a hint as to the color scheme I have chosen to go with for the project.