Old wheels, New tires

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Jul 9, 2015
Richland, WA
Hi guys,

When I bought my '97 two years ago it had a set of 18" aftermarket alloys installed and the original wheels in boxes. Just last week I sent the 16s out for powder coating and swapped the 16s back on with new tires. I then sold the 18s to a local guy with a suburban.

The color was chosen as an exact match to the door trim molding on my Collectors Edition. It's produced by Prismatic Powders and is Galaxy Grey III. A lot of guys have used the Duplicator Graphite paint to match the bumpers, but since I plan to replace mine with an ARB I thought I'd go with a grey that accentuates the CE & 40th door moldings instead. The shop I used did a fantastic job blasting and hand sanding the rough spots before powder coating. I plan to paint the center caps satin black, but it's been too cold here to rattle can.

I also needed an oem set of lug nuts. Unwiling to pay $5+ per nut to Mr.T, I found a used set for much less, but they were pretty rusty. I took them down to bare metal with Evaporust, then applied a black oxide finish with a Caswell Labs product, and sealed them with WD40 Specialist Long Term Corrosion Inhibitor. Overall, I'm satisfied with how they turned out.

The tires are 10 ply Cooper STT Pros in 305/70r16. I've only had them on for 48 hours, but so far they're fantastic. A little hum around 40mph, but it's really subtle. They did incredibly well off-road too.

Overall I'm quite happy with how they turned out.





That's a keeper. Thanks.
Thanks, guys.
Looks great! I have to say that I like the way the stock 80 wheels look more than any of the aftermarket options that I have seen. They are also very stout, which seems like it would come in handy given what these trucks are capable of.
IIRC Japanese alloys are the only OE alloy tested quite severely before being given approval for production cars, I also think this is one of the better designs for the 80.



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