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Re: Winter wheels for snow tires?

Get some alloys you like the look of. Before you do ANYthing to them - no tires, no valve stems, no TPMS sensors - take them to a powdercoater and have them coated in the color and finish of your choice. Tell them they are winter wheels and "put it on thick".

They'll last forever.
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Re: Winter wheels for snow tires?

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Get some alloys you like the look of. Before you do ANYthing to them - no tires, no valve stems, no TPMS sensors - take them to a powdercoater and have them coated in the color and finish of your choice. Tell them they are winter wheels and "put it on thick".

They'll last forever.
That's a little over kill if you ask me. An aluminum wheel will last forever in the first place. A winter dedicated wheel is going to get chips/corrosion from the harsh stuff thy put on the roads and should really be expected for a winter wheel. I plan on keeping my aluminums as nice as possible by hand washing them every so often in my garage so the salt doesn't eat away at the finish. The powder coat idea is good but overkill for a winter wheel setup OMHO... Hell my summer stock 20's aren't perfect anymore from stones in the summer months...
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I would think aluminum would hold up a lot better than rusty steel wheels in salt and winter garbage personally. I went with a set of Aluminum wheels with my winter tires. I priced steel wheels compared to cheaper aluminum ones and it wasn't that much more to get aluminum and now I don't have to deal with rusty wheels down the road. Did I see you say you got 20" winter tires? Ouch. I downsized down to 17" from 20" on mine for winter
Steel wheels are easy to deal with if they get corroded. A bit of wire brush and/or sandpaper and a can of touch up paint--good idea is to always to this at the end of the season and then oil them slightly for storage. Aluminum wheels, not so easy.
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Steel wheels are easy to deal with if they get corroded. A bit of wire brush and/or sandpaper and a can of touch up paint--good idea is to always to this at the end of the season and then oil them slightly for storage. Aluminum wheels, not so easy.
Would take an imperfect aluminum wheel over a rusty steely any day. But that's just my opinion. To each his own
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Re: Winter wheels for snow tires?

Which winter tires did you go with? Will be picking up 2014 Limited soon an was thinking of going with dedicated winter tires.
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Re: Winter wheels for snow tires?

BRIDGESTONE BLIZZAK DM-V1
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Had these same tires on a Rav4. V good confidence building tire. Some reviews say not so good on ice....but is any tire without studs? I found them great in v heavy rain, just stick to the road. Enjoy.
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BRIDGESTONE BLIZZAK DM-V1
Size: 265/50R20
H P265/50R20 106R BR BLIZZAK DM-V1 BW

Had these same tires on a Rav4. V good confidence building tire. Some reviews say not so good on ice....but is any tire without studs? I found them great in v heavy rain, just stick to the road. Enjoy.
I'll check them out. Thanks much and have fun with your new Jeep.
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BRIDGESTONE BLIZZAK DM-V1
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Had these same tires on a Rav4. V good confidence building tire. Some reviews say not so good on ice....but is any tire without studs? I found them great in v heavy rain, just stick to the road. Enjoy.
Second winter with these Blizzaks and have had no problems going across fields and down farm roads with them. Roads and fields are sometimes dry, wet, muddy, snow covered, ice covered or any combination of the above.

Also remember that the tread compounds in most winter tires will also give you better performance in the dry and wet when temps are below 45 degrees than an A/T or M/T. A/Ts and M/Ts just dont have the tread compounds to deal with temps and precip both on and off road.
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Would take an imperfect aluminum wheel over a rusty steely any day. But that's just my opinion. To each his own
I use aluminum now, basically better appearance options.
Plus, you don't have to fit a truss when handling them.

My steels were about 14 years old on the older jeep when I traded it.
Still looked new and had no hidden rust--but they had been refurbed a few
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Refurbing the aluminum ones I expect to be a bit more tricky each year.
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I use aluminum now, basically better appearance options.
Plus, you don't have to fit a truss when handling them.

My steels were about 14 years old on the older jeep when I traded it.
Still looked new and had no hidden rust--but they had been refurbed a few
times.

Refurbing the aluminum ones I expect to be a bit more tricky each year.
I hear ya on refurbing steel ones being easier. I just never had an aluminum wheel get to the point I needed to refurb it. Like I said before I expect my winter units to get a little rash on them from all the elements of winter. Heck my jeep in general takes a beating every winter. What are ya gonna do? Ya know. Perks of living where it snows...
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Second winter with these Blizzaks and have had no problems going across fields and down farm roads with them. Roads and fields are sometimes dry, wet, muddy, snow covered, ice covered or any combination of the above.

Also remember that the tread compounds in most winter tires will also give you better performance in the dry and wet when temps are below 45 degrees than an A/T or M/T. A/Ts and M/Ts just dont have the tread compounds to deal with temps and precip both on and off road.
Has anyone purchased these tires in a slightly bigger size to regain some sidewall lost to 20" rims.
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