New Rolling Gear For The New Year
There are very few automotive upgrades that are more exciting than shopping for a new set of wheels. Sure, ordering suspension kits and other such components are fun too, but there’s nothing like a brand new set of wheels to help set off a freshly lowered truck. Before you get wrapped up in the whirlwind of ordering a set, make sure you take a look at everything before whipping out your credit card. Knowing the size you really want or need is important, and most wheel manufacturers can easily cater to your specifications. Most actively stock some of the more generic sizes, and a select few are able to custom tailor widths to better suit personal preferences. You’ll have a fair amount of homework to do aside from choosing the style you like.
Once you know the wheel size that’s right for you, you can dive right into the deep end regarding style, construction material and finish options. In today’s marketplace
there is no shortage of awesome wheels to choose from, which is why we have taken the liberty of sorting through the abyss. There are brands that immediately come to mind when shopping for wheels, but we dug a little deeper and examined selections that might not have been given due appreciation.
While we were assembling a selection of some of our favorite wheel discoveries to share with you, we couldn’t help but include a few tire choices too. What good is a set of wheels without rubber to go with them? Exactly. Performance and handling are equally important, but attractive tread designs and safety features play meaningful role as well. The amount of quality tires available is vast, so we’ll do our best to share what we consider the top contenders in this department as well. Let’s roll.
From classic steelie designs to big billet wheels (and so much more in between), the market is bursting at the seams with specialized wheels that can, in come cases, be tailor made to spec in order to fit with your truck’s unique construction. There are very few boundaries left in the world of wheels, and believe us, your truck will definitely benefit from that fact.
Rat Rod Wheel (Raw)
Available in 15- to 20-inch diameters, the Rat Rod is offered by U.S. Wheel in black and white, but a raw finish for easier custom paint application is also available. The bare steel looks great right out of the box too. These wheels are ideal for a truck with a subdued custom appearance.
Part of Raceline’s custom Concave billet series, the Commotion blends the aesthetics of old-school styling with today’s modern take on wheel design. These two-piece billet wheels are available in custom powder-coat finishes, but the gunmetal gray suits the lines of the spoke pattern perfectly.
Available in 17, 18, 20, 22 and 24-inch diameters, American Racing’s VF509 wheel features two-piece forged construction and is available in an attractive polished finish. A wide variety of widths, backspacing and offsets are also available for a perfect fit with upgraded braking systems.
Series 100 Wheel
Part of REV’s Classics wheel line, the Series 100 harkens back to streamlined, old-school spoke wheel design. The wheel is offered in chrome, polished and a really nice two-tone version with an anthracite center and polished lip (shown) for a great blend of textures. Wheel diameters available in sizes 15 to 22 inches fit a wide variety of stances and ride heights.
General (U545) Wheel
Simplistic design is key for long lasting popularity for an aftermarket wheel. US Mags has quite a few of those instant classic wheel styles in its inventory, and the General is just one of them. The straight spoke pattern, the combination of brushed and gloss black finish and the recessed center have the potential for a cool, clean appearance on almost any vehicle.
Intro’s Exposed 5 series has packed some pretty mean punches throughout the years, and the G Cube wheel is no exception. The multi-spoke wheel is constructed of pure billet aluminum and is completely polished inside and out. Sizes start at 15 inches and creep on up to a 26-inch-diameter wheel. When luxury and style is what you crave, these will certainly fit the bill.
Solid Rocket Wheel
Inspired by the classic Indy Roadster wheels, Rocket Racing’s latest offering sports similar six-pin smooth, solid design and boasts the latest in aluminum construction. The Solid Rocket wheel can be ordered in a full machined or full as-cast finish. Custom RPM7 powder coating can also be requested in order to tap into the true classic magnesium finish made popular in the ’60s. These wheels can be run with or without Rocket Wheel’s optional lug covers or vintage knockoffs. There is still so much room to customize this already timeless design.
Rocket Racing Wheels
Pivot SKO Wheel
Budnik’s revolutionary creation, the SKO (Splined Knockoff) wheel series takes its ability to create unique and innovative designs to another level. These wheels have gained notoriety because they feature a new method of center cap and lug cover plate retention that uses a proprietary Splined Twist-Lock center cap. The caps lock into place quickly and securely, and blend in perfectly with the spoke pattern. For a completely different look, optional three-bar spinners can be applied as well. Seventeen- to 22-inch diameters with 7- to 15-inch widths are now available for the Pivot wheel or any other of the SKO wheel designs.
Series 82 Phantom Wheel
For a more rugged appearance, Pro Comp’s Series 5182 alloy wheel uses aerospace-quality materials and counter pressure casting technology to create unprecedented strength in a fairly lightweight package. The Phantom wheel is available in either a 17- or 20-inch offering and features a tough matte black machined finish and an offset that’s high enough to clear any big brake upgrade kits.
The new Magnitude wheel has been skillfully crafted from aircraft-grade, forged billet aluminum for a lightweight package that definitely isn’t light on style. The deep, concave profile delivers fitment for a wide range of applications. Wheel diameters are available from 18 to 24 inches with a variety of custom widths and finishes to choose from.
Schott Performance Wheels
Boze Forged Clutch Wheel
The Clutch is just one of the latest wheel offerings in the Xclusive series from Boze Forged. The stylish V-shaped, five-spoke pattern has been designed specifically with sport trucks in mind, and has a wide range of fitments to prove it. All Boze wheels are designed to fit big brakes, and fit well with a staggered stance with many custom offsets available. Finish selections range from high-luster polished, brushed satin two-tones, various ceramic colors, powder-coated options and double smoke tints to better jibe with your truck’s unique style. Diameter sizes range from 17 to 24 inches and are available in widths from 7 to 15 inches for custom applications.
Boze Forged Wheels
American Racing VF516
When most think of American Racing, timeless and nostalgic wheel designs is usually the first thing to come to mind. The VF516 helps break that mold with its fashion forward directional design and fluting details on the trailing edge of each spoke. The wheel pattern looks just as amazing when in motion, as well as it does sitting still. The two-piece forged 6061 aluminum wheel is available in diameter sizes 17 to 28 inches and custom offsets are available for the perfect fitment possible.
The C-33 wheels from Coys are constructed from lightweight, cast aluminum and are heat treated to strengthen and reduce weight. Truck enthusiasts can opt for one of Coys own hubcap designs or any other dog dish cap that can be fit to the wheel. Available in all five- and six-lug patterns, the C-33 can be ordered in 18- to 22-inch diameter sizes. Finish options come in chrome, hot rod black and raw, which provides a surface for endless custom paint or powder-coat finishes. Shown with optional trim rings.
Simplicity at its finest: the Crowbar wheel design features a classic five-spoke styling with an added twist hidden in the details. The wheel comes finished with a Coddington Coating charcoal center and polished lip. Boyd offers the wheel in five- and six-lug applications with diameter sizes ranging from 17 to 22 inches with widths up to 15 inches. Custom sizes are available upon request. There is no gambling with a wheel that looks likes this.
Hot Rods By Boyd
Ultra’s new Menace wheel is built tough and strong to work with a truck equally as rugged. Available sizes are modest: diameter sizes start at 15 inches and cap out at a respectable 20×10. Finish options include satin black or gloss black with diamond-cut face.
As part of Savini’s Forged line, the SV68 is one of the most refined, yet eye-catching wheels in its entire catalog. Only the highest grade aluminum is used in the construction process, and the SV68 is available in many exclusive finishes to better complement your truck’s appearance. Diameter sizes start at 19 inches and escalate into the 32-inch realm with custom widths available. The shown matte brushed bronze option is the mark of a true VIP.
BLVD 88 Wheel
Billet Specialties BLVD wheel series has been a popular addition to its already impressive lineup, and the BLVD 88 wheel is definitely one of the group’s shining stars. Twenty- to 26-inch-diameter sizes are available with widths up to 15 inches. Five- and six-lug options are also available, as are eight different finish options, including black gloss, black matte, gunmetal, brushed clear and various brushed and polished combinations.
Junkyard Dog Wheel
There’s nothing more nostalgic than the Boyd Coddington name when it comes to classic hot rod style. The signature wheels offer a timeless look that goes with any type of custom vehicle. The Junkyard Dog is as simple as a wheel gets while still making a lasting impression. Available diameter sizes start at 17×7 inches and max out at a subtle, yet respectable, 20×9 wheel with finishes including black, gunmetal and polished. Boyd wheels are always in fashion.
Boyd Coddington Wheels
A tire makes the wheel go ’round, and today’s selections are nothing short of impressive. With so many different tread designs to pull from and levels of performance and safety ratings, there really is no losing these days. To find the tire that best meets your strict criteria, crunch the numbers (and letters) in order to find which one will deliver optimum performance with a style that best jibes with your wheel selection and driving habits.
Toyo Proxes ST III Tire
Designed for optimum performance for sport trucks and SUVs, Toyo’s Proxes ST III feature a wider tread, a new silica-based tread compound and a distinctive arrowhead tread design for good measure. The Proxes ST III also offers superb handling, top-notch all-season performance and a smooth, quiet ride. Available sizes range to fit 17- to 24-inch wheels with widths up to 335mm.
Falken ZIEX S/TZ05
The latest in tread compound and construction technology push the ZIEX S/TZ05 into the pinnacle of all-season, non-directional rubber as it promotes extended tread life. Double taper-cut tread blocks and staggered shoulder lug grooves create a calm, quiet ride. Available sizes range from 18- to 24-inch fitments, which are ideal for ½-ton sport-truck and SUV applications. The ZIEX S/TZ05 was made to perform at the highest abilities within city limits or out on the open highway.
Falken Tire Corporation
Atturo AZ800 Tire
The directional tread pattern and aggressive sidewall design of the AZ800 represents the high level of performance engineering that went into the tire’s construction. Silica-based tread compound is featured to provide excellent traction and long tread life, and jointless ply technology has been used to ensure durability at high speeds. Sizes available at both original equipment fitments as well as those for aftermarket wheels for light truck applications and SUVs.
Mickey Thompson Street Comp Tire
Times change, and so does our demand for updated equipment. Mickey Thompson’s Street Comp tires provide outstanding traction, precision handling and cornering agility at any speed, along with the overall attractive design that MT has built its flawless reputation on throughout the years. The Street Comp has been compounded for both excellent dry and wet traction ratings that will increase your truck’s on-road prowess.
Nitto NT420S Tire
The NT420S is a performance-centric tire that has been specifically designed for truck and SUV applications. Many sizes are available to better service plus-sized fitments for aftermarket wheels. The tire is non-directional with an asymmetrical pattern that can be cross-rotated to promote even wear and longer life. The tread pattern also helps provide a quieter, more comfortable ride at a level of ultra high performance all year round.
ExtremeContact Sport Tire
Continental has designed this tire to satisfy those who stay true to driving performance. The ultra-high performance street tire is built for extreme grip in any road condition, slippery and wet or bone dry. Precision handling and extended tread life both come standard. All of that coupled with attractive tread design and slick sidewall action, and these tires end up being pretty tough to beat.
G-Max AS-05 Tire
For those looking for an ultra-high performance tire with the flexibility of all-season traction, General Tire’s G-Max AS-05 delivers that and then some. Smart Technologies provides visual wear alerts that aid in identifying when alignment is off and when it’s time to replace a tire. The G-Max AS-05 is much more than just a hunk of rubber, it’s an intelligent tire designed for today’s smart drivers.
P Zero Tire
There are very few tires that can deliver the complete package. Pirelli’s P Zero tire is one of those units. Its high-performance nature, paired with its all-season abilities, makes it a no-brainer for drivers looking for a tire that lives up to the hype. Run-Flat and puncture control technologies work together to ensure that staying on the road is possible (not to mention safe) after a tire has been punctured by an external object. Any method of avoiding a roadside breakdown is worth choosing, especially if you’ve built your truck to be a driver.
Zeon RS3-G1 Tire
When you’re expecting excitement from a tire, Cooper’s Zeon RS3-G1 is sure to deliver. The all-season tire is rated for high-performance vehicles, and it’s crafted with leading technology and innovations such as a wide flat tread arc, which creates a stable, square footprint that offers amazing grip up to 1g of lateral force. Even the tightest of corners on the autocross track can’t compete with these babies.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
ATR Sport 2 Tire
Picking up where its predecessor left off, Achilles’ ATR Sport 2 tire offers high-performance control and comfort in all weather conditions. The directional tread design provides excellent traction in both wet and dry conditions, and the dB Silent Technology helps keep road noise down for a much quieter ride. Four wide circumferential grooves help channel water, while a solid center rib keeps a straighter line, which assists in improving handling in any road condition.
Potenza S001L RFT Tire
These max performance tires have been specifically designed with serious driving enthusiasts in mind. The combination of the performance appearance, more than competent handling and Z-speed rated durability create an attractive package. Enhanced dry and wet traction makes these an excellent tire selection for almost any season.
Diamond Back FX Tire
For anyone who wants to run a whitewall tire, Diamond Back offers larger diameter rubber for an old-school appearance with a more modern tire. Seventeen- to 22-inch tires are readily available, and built with speed and load carrying in mind. To find the tire that fits best with your truck, contact Diamond Back directly and discover that winning combination. Sometimes only the look of a whitewall tire will do.
Diamond Back Classic Radials
While we were assembling a selection of some of our favorite wheel discoveries to share with you, we couldn’t help but include a few tire choices too. What good is a set of wheels without rubber to go with them? Exactly.