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Old 02-22-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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Advice on Black wheels for Unlimited

I will be getting my Cherry Red Sahara Unlimited in a couple weeks. It was built yesterday. I got the black hardtop and want to trim it in black. I ordered the black grill inserts and headlight/turnsignal light black trim rings. I wanted a black antennae, and just noticed the one on my Dodge Ram is black, and looks exactly like the silver one that is on the Jeeps, so if it fits I am going to switch that out.

The Sahara has 18 inch wheels. I am not sure if they will be 8, 8 1/2, or 9 inch in width. Looking at all the wheels availabe for the Sahara they are offered in those widths.

I just wonder if anyone has put black wheels on their Sahara and what brand/type they were. I will mainly use this on road trips and some on the beaches in Texas, so I dont need rock wheels.

Also do the sensor valves that show the air pressure work well when you put them on aftermarket wheels. Just wondering because the ones on my Dodge Caliber are pretty fussy for a while when I get new tires, and if it gets cold they leak.

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 02-22-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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You can buy another set of tire pressure sensors for the new wheels so you don't have to keep swapping from one wheel to the other. I just bought a set from eBay it's like 65.00 each

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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You can buy another set of tire pressure sensors for the new wheels so you don't have to keep swapping from one wheel to the other. I just bought a set from eBay it's like 65.00 each
Thanks, I just saw some for around 30 on ebay. But I dont need another set, I would keep the new wheels on there.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:49 PM   #4
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The Sahara has 18 inch wheels. I am not sure if they will be 8, 8 1/2, or 9 inch in width. Looking at all the wheels availabe for the Sahara they are offered in those widths.
Stock Sahara wheels are 18x7.5.

If I understand you correctly, you are just wanting to change wheels, but keep the stock tires? That is fine, but you aren't going to want to go with too wide of a wheel because the stock tires will look really stretched on anything much wider. I would stick to 8" or 8.5" widths personally.

I generally would NEVER recommend anyone purchase 18" wheels. Only reason I am talking about them here is because it seems like you want to stick with the stock tires. If you aren't wanting to stick with stock tires, then that changes my recommendations completely, and we will also need to start talking about lesser backspacing and things of that nature.

What are you wanting to achieve with the wheels? Just a better look than stock? Wanting to upgrade the tires to a larger size at the same time? Planning on going offroad?

Also, you don't need to worry yourself looking for black wheels specifically on a Sahara. You can just look for pics of black wheels on any year JK (07-current). Only difference with the Sahara as compared to the others is the body colored fenders. And they are even available on the Rubicons for 2012.

Here is a massive thread over at JK-F devoted to black wheels.
http://www.jk-forum.com/showthread.p...r-BLACK-WHEELS!!

And, just for kicks, here are some awful pics of my newly installed black wheels (16" wheels wrapped in 33" tires).

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Old 02-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. For right now I just want to keep the stock size tires and go for a different look with some type of Black wheels. Maybe later I will get some different wheels and tires. I mainly wanted to know if there were any brands I should use or some that I should avoid.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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No real brands to stay away from. Pretty much all Pro Comp wheels are on national backorder with no ETA, so try not to get too hooked on one of those.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #7
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I assume the smaller wheels with larger tires give you alot more traction in mud or for rock climbing. For now I plan on using mine on beach sand and maybe light mud, so the stock wheels and tires should do ok for now.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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I assume the smaller wheels with larger tires give you alot more traction in mud or for rock climbing. For now I plan on using mine on beach sand and maybe light mud, so the stock wheels and tires should do ok for now.
Yes, you are able to air down further because of the larger sidewall. But, another big advantage of the smaller diameter wheel is cost. The setup above cost me $1580 mounted, balanced, and with replacement certificates. You would easily spend more than that on tires alone for 18" wheels.
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No real brands to stay away from. Pretty much all Pro Comp wheels are on national backorder with no ETA, so try not to get too hooked on one of those.
^^^ thats what I did, June,July or later.... ugh... My search continues, but have received a lot of good advise here.

Here is what I am considering not in any order(also, I would not go with 18" )
XD- crank Black
Rugged Ridge - Black
Dick Cepek DC-2 ( black and machined )
MB TKO black
and a few new Ultra wheels ( I think Crusher is the style )- black

* you can always keep your stock for winters, or sell on CL / likely I will just sell mine, if I ever make a decision and purchase something
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Cheapest thing to do is get the stock wheels powder-coated black.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:21 PM   #11
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Here is a photo of stock 18" Sahara wheels painted black:



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And here is a picture of what I am running now, MB TKO 15 on 33x12.50 rocky mtns



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Here is my Sahara running XD hoss rims and BFG A/T KOs (18")
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Stock Wrangler Wheels Powder Coated Gloss Black

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Cheapest thing to do is get the stock wheels powder-coated black.
Only cost me $60 each!
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Only cost me $60 each!
Just wondering what you used to paint the normally silver bumper inserts? How is it holding up? I was looking at doing the same to mine. Thanks !
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here is my Mamba MR1s
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Just wondering what you used to paint the normally silver bumper inserts? How is it holding up? I was looking at doing the same to mine. Thanks !
Base clear matched to factory code. They're just plastic but the I have a couple of extra clear coats for polishing as needed.

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