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Unread 10-10-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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Wheel/Tire Advice

I have an set of Jeep GC Ronin 17in chrome wheels (originally offered on 2007 GC Limiteds) that I was planning on getting rid of. They came on my 05 GC when I purchased it. I replaced this set with 2011 Overland 20in wheels a few months ago (pictured). But, the new 20in wheels will not be ideal for snow/mountain driving.

I am trying to think of some other options for the old set rather than selling them. Reason - I am not a BIG fan of how the Ronin's look in chrome. Could I powder coat/paint the wheels (dark grey or black) and add larger mud terrain style tires to this setup? I do not have a lift on my GC, so, I am not sure how big of tires I can fit on these rims.

I'd be interested in hearing from any of you that have experience that I could from from regarding
1. powder coat mods to wheels
2. Increasing the tire size on stock GC

Thanks for your time!

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Unread 10-10-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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I know there are guys running around with different variations of plasti-dipped wheels. The stuff comes in a spray can and can be peeled off if you don't like it. I have seen some good looking wheels with this stuff and it goes right over chrome to make a "blacked-out" look.
As far as changing rim size on stock I would have to say I am not a fan of anything over 17" rims on the WK.
It just looks weird to me. Plus, if you plan on wheelin at all, then anything over 17 starts limiting the size of your sidewall - which puts your rims in jeopardy.

By the way, I have Ronin II's on my rig and I think they look awesome. Suprised you replaced yours. To each his own.

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Unread 10-10-2011, 02:01 PM   #3
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Powder coat is too expensive... painting is the way to go, IMO.

For info on painting - you can follow this thread that a few of us contributed to last year

Paint Your Wheels

For info on maximum tire size on stock WK

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