Wheely Cool!

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Content - —Chris cto­[email protected]­gaged­me­di­ainc.com Text: Chris Tobin / Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Tobin & cour­tesy of Wehrli Cus­tom Fab

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.

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