Originally Posted by TwinsJeep
Oh the sleepless nites caused by the soul-tormenting debate over wheels and tires...
AEV's website shows a teaser photo of their new 17" beadlock wheel in argent.
Quadratec.com has the AEV Bridger for sale, non-beadlock, but only in a 16 x 8" argent.
First question: Does anybody know if AEV's 17" non-beadlock wheel (alluded to but not shown on their website) is the same as the 16" Bridger as shown on quadratec.com, but 1" larger? The wheels appear different, but I don't know if the appearance of the beadlock wheel has been slightly altered to accommodate the beadlock or if it is the case that the non-beadlock 17" wheel will look just as the beadlock wheel but without the beadlock???
When my Black Sahara Unlimited arrives one day in the not-too-distant future (my dealer tells me February...), I will be putting a small lift on it to accommodate the 33" BFG A/T K/Os or Goodyear Silent Armors. (FYI, based on various user/expert reviews, both of these choices seem to offer a suitably aggressive appearance and very good all-round all-weather all-condition performance without giving up too much in the on-road manners department... feel free to comment here.)
I understand that a shorter sidewall yields on-road gains in quickness in steering response and better lateral stability... which leads to my next question: other than on-road performance is there a good reason to go with a 17 x 8" wheel versus a 16 x 8" wheel?
Any opinions on the durability/longevity of argent vs. silver finish?
And finally, can anyone comment on the quality of AEV wheels?
Thanks for your help.
In answer to question 1, I emailed AEV and their 17" non beadlock wheel has the same basic look as their 17" beadlock. I have seen some pictures somewhere of both styles and the difference in looks is the beadlock. It is not the same rime as the Bridger 16", similar in appearance but there is a noticable difference.
Also, I was told by AEV that the 17" wheels would be available sometime after the first of the year. I asked if they were going to continue making the 16" Bridger, and the response indicated the 17" wheel was going to replace the 16" Bridger, (probably when the current inventory is gone is my guess), but they didn't really give me any solid information on that.
When I talked to Quadratec, they told me they had plenty of 16" Bridgers in stock in the Argent but had not gotten any of the new 17" style. I ordered 5 of the Argent Bridgers, they arrived about a week ago, now I will start Tire Shopping.
On road handling between a 16x8 and 17x8, I don't think there is a whole lot of difference, it is probably just more of a preference thing. FWIW I would have stayed with 15" but BFG doesn't make a 33x11.50 in the 15" size but they do in the 16" size, 285x75x16. So the size of tire I wanted, kinda tall and narrow dictated my rim choice more than anything.
As far as the Silver vs Argent finish, my opinion is, the finish is the same stuff except one has argent coloring and the other has silver coloring.
While I haven't got tires mounted yet, I have inspected the rims and they appear to be very well made. They are shipped in individual boxes, the appearance side of the rim is covered with styrofoam sheeting and a nylon band is snugly fitted over the styrofoam sheeting to ensure the appearance side is very well protected. The yellow AEV center caps are a little cause for concern since they are glued onto generic plastic wheel centers. The center caps are not glued down all the way around the edges. I did push down on the edges and the edges did stick, but I think super glue may come into play at some point.
Again the quality is top notch, but while inspecting the rims I did find one that had what appeared to be a very small scratch that must have occurred during manufacturing because the powdercoat covered it. It was on the bead lip. I don't think it is worth trying to send it back for another rim, based on how small it is, and I am kind of picky anyway.
Another comment is the 16" Bridger bolt pattern will fit only the first two generation Wranglers, 87-95, and 97 to 06. The bolt pattern on the JK is different, and I would say that with you getting a JK, if you want AEV wheels, you are locked into the new 17" style. The only way around this would be if they come out with adapters that would enable you to use the earlier Wrangler bolt pattern AEVS on your JK. I am sure there will be adapters out at some point, probably already being made if the truth known. Also the Bridgers have had a price increase recently of about 20-30 dollars per rim I think.
Hope this helps.