My Wheels & Tires
Hey, As requested, I am starting a new thread about my wheel & tire project.
To answer a few questions:
Before I replaced the factory BFG's and painted the rims, I had a second set of wheels & tires already (Arelli Czar, 18x9, Cooper Discovery II tires, 285/60/18) ; I will likely continue to use the Arelli/Cooper set much of the time, using the new set for winter/spring (mud season) driving. The low-profile set handles/accelerates better.
The powdercoating of the Titan Offroad rims was done by a shop not too far away. The turnaround time was about three weeks, at a cost of $65/wheel. I had to paint the center caps myself.
The tires took about five weeks from order to delivery, owing to the fact that thay are backordered. Must be a popular tire. (Nitto Terra Grappler 295/70/17)
The powdercoating process consisted of sandblasting the rims, applying a coat of black and a coat of clear, each "fired" separately. The gloss is very impressive, but the color failed to fully penetrate the lug wells. This is not apparent unless you look directly down the holes; I don't consider it an issue for me.
The Nissan rims are apparently hub-centric, because I had to grind the powdercoat off the inner ring surface to get the front wheels on.
I also sanded the circular mounting area flat, because "fat edges" had built up there.
I'd like to point out that a wide range of color options are available in powdercoat, including clearcoats with metaflake, pearl and chameleon effects.
Some have wondered about polished rim edges. That's probably do-able, if the shop is familiar with the technique. I'd imagine the polishing or whatever would be done before the clearcoat.
It was a really worthwhile project and gives a dramatically different look to the truck, along with the PRG front/rear kit.
Here is one pic of the result, and a few more are in my user gallery.
If you want higher-res stuff, let me know.
Deepwater Blue SE KC
R/F, Off-Road, Big Tow, Utility Bed.
Nissan bed box, bug shield, splash guards, step rails.
ARE Z-series cap.
Borla Cat-back, Nismo Intake
Black Powdercoated Off-Road Wheels with Nitto Terra Grappler 295.75.17 tires.
79K (!!) carefree miles since Jan. 2, 2004