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How do the black wheels stand up to the elements?

I really don't like the new black wheels trend but they are growing on me and I may get them with the 2017 GC HA model i plan on buying. Well that is I will be forced to get them but I will most likely try to have the dealer swap those out for the regular overland wheels from another vehicle if they are willing, or just buy them outright and sell the black ones.

Anyway..I have seen a few pictures here of the black rims with scratches on them and so forth. It doesnt look like curb damage or anything like that but just many surface scratches from rocks or snow/salt and makes them look pretty bad.

How are yours holding up? Any pictures appreciated.

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**EDIT** those black chrome SRT rims are nice as well, those may be an option as well but they are not stock tire sizes as the rest of the lineup correct?

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Re: How do the black wheels stand up to the elements?

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I really don't like the new black wheels trend but they are growing on me and I may get them with the 2017 GC HA model i plan on buying. Well that is I will be forced to get them but I will most likely try to have the dealer swap those out for the regular overland wheels from another vehicle if they are willing, or just buy them outright and sell the black ones.

Anyway..I have seen a few pictures here of the black rims with scratches on them and so forth. It doesnt look like curb damage or anything like that but just many surface scratches from rocks or snow/salt and makes them look pretty bad.

How are yours holding up? Any pictures appreciated.

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**EDIT** those black chrome SRT rims are nice as well, those may be an option as well but they are not stock tire sizes as the rest of the lineup correct?
I assume if you take care of them they'll be fine like any other wheel, I was also looking at the SRT wheels in black chrome but i think with the HA already having the trivalent chrome which gives off a cooper/gold hue and then the gloss black and regular chrome accents on the vehicle it would be one too many finishes.
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Re: How do the black wheels stand up to the elements?

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I assume if you take care of them they'll be fine like any other wheel, I was also looking at the SRT wheels in black chrome but i think with the HA already having the trivalent chrome which gives off a cooper/gold hue and then the gloss black and regular chrome accents on the vehicle it would be one too many finishes.

I guess we will see. At work I see a white altitude or high altitude, not sure which one it is but the thing looks like crap, mainly because of the dirt cause by the snow. The wheels really look bad though once gummed up. I guess nothing looks good in the winter, probably just the white elevates the crappy look.

We shall see, maybe I'll just keep the black wheels for 6 months until spring and see what they look like after. If they start looking crappy I could just keep those for winter and use whatever new ones I get got the better weather.
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I guess we will see. At work I see a white altitude or high altitude, not sure which one it is but the thing looks like crap, mainly because of the dirt cause by the snow. The wheels really look bad though once gummed up. I guess nothing looks good in the winter, probably just the white elevates the crappy look.

We shall see, maybe I'll just keep the black wheels for 6 months until spring and see what they look like after. If they start looking crappy I could just keep those for winter and use whatever new ones I get got the better weather.
No wheel is going to look great during the winter especially black since it shows all the dirt, salt, etc but if you have them opti coated or give them a good wax and don't run them through car washes etc. they should hold up
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Re: How do the black wheels stand up to the elements?

The wheels will be fine. Just take care of them like you care for your paint.
I have a dedicated summer set and winter set and the finish on both still look great.
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No wheel is going to look great during the winter especially black since it shows all the dirt, salt, etc but if you have them opti coated or give them a good wax and don't run them through car washes etc. they should hold up
A polished aluminum wheel ain't going to look better than a black wheel when dirty? I highly disagree, it's night and day difference even when dirty.
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A polished aluminum wheel ain't going to look better than a black wheel when dirty? I highly disagree, it's night and day difference even when dirty.
I don't know what to tell you then, you don't seem to like/want black wheels so when you get your jeep put them in the classifieds or see if someone is willing to trade or ask your dealer if they'll swap them out, were there's a will there's a way
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A polished aluminum wheel ain't going to look better than a black wheel when dirty? I highly disagree, it's night and day difference even when dirty.

Nothing like polished aluminum. Good luck with that.

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Re: How do the black wheels stand up to the elements?

My stock Altitude wheels have been holding up great, going on our 2nd winter. Just don't take it through a car wash that isn't "touchless". Thought I read here about someone that went through one of those car washes that have those whirling brushes and it scratched the hell out if his black Altitude wheels
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Nothing like polished aluminum. Good luck with that.

Still looks better than a dirty black rim.

Anyway...I think I will go with the black rims and see how they hold up. If they don't then I will just use them for winter. Something along the lines of those black chrome SRT rims I think I am going to shoot for in the warmer months even if I have to go aftermarket.
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I prefere black wheels over chrome or polished
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Re: How do the black wheels stand up to the elements?

Damn Simon... I love those headlights on your Jeep...
I have a new Altitude, and need HID so bad... but dont know what to get or were?
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