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Old 09-12-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Bedlined wheel conundrum

I love the look and have been thinking hard on bedlining the stock wheels. My only hang up is I only plan to hold onto the Jeep for about 3 more years, I want to scoop a 2012 coming off lease at that point. I am wondering what that mod will do to my trade in value? I can argue with the dealer that a stock replacement grille (I painted my original) will cost them less than $100 to replace, but the wheels seem like more of a sticking point. Is this crazy talk? I sure don't see many "modded" jeeps sitting on the dealer lot in the used section.

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This is a good point gluestick. I think if you do a nice job, it should not be an issue. A dealer may try to use it as an excuse to give you less money, but I don't think it will be an issue. If the wheels look good, it will actually be a selling point, and your Jeep with modded wheels will be more "unique" which may be appealing. Just be sure to do a good job - !

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Same with the grille.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:06 AM   #4
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You can always respray the wheels right before you try to trade it in. I'd say go with your gut, but I personally love my wheels now. You can also pick up a set from craigslist for next to nothing. People always get new wheels and ditch their old ones and put them on CL for practically nothing. Just throwing that out there.
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Modded Jeeps get traded in all the time, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. A shady dealer may try to give you less, knowing full well they'll list any mods as upgrades and try to charge more for them when they put it on their lot.
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Modded Jeeps get traded in all the time, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. A shady dealer may try to give you less, knowing full well they'll list any mods as upgrades and try to charge more for them when they put it on their lot.
Agree. Absolutely.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:25 AM   #7
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You guys are very persuasive. Now I am stuck on whether to do bedliner or a wheel specific black paint. I would be concerned because dirt really seems to like to stick to bedliner and looks like a pain to wash.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:47 AM   #8
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I would go with paint over bedliner. Your going to have to paint the bedliner anyway, I don't think its UV resistant.
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Aerosol can paint lacks the hardener OE wheel paint has, so it chips, scratches and scuffs easily. Repair requires sanding the whole thing down and paining it again to keep it even. Bedliner is a little more scratch and scuff resistant, can be cleaned with a bristle brush, and is easy to fix a chip or scuff, since it's textured.
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Now I'm pretty stoked. I think I am going to leave the center circle and a circle around the outside (the flat area of the rim next to the tire) silver and bedline the rest. I'm just trying to hash out the best way to get a good clean circle on the perimeter of the rim...
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Won't matter much. I used to be a car salemen at Toyota. We had a camery come in with spary painted wheels, looked terrible, but it was a very small difference in price. Go enjoy your jeep for a couple years the way you want.
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Won't matter much. I used to be a car salemen at Toyota. We had a camery come in with spary painted wheels, looked terrible, but it was a very small difference in price. Go enjoy your jeep for a couple years the way you want.
Thanks for the feedback. I was on the fence before today, but just barely. It only took a small shove to get me on board. As far as taping the outer ring of the rim, I have an idea to cut a piece of wood as a spacer between the rim lip and the inner edge of my unpainted rim, about 1/2 inch thick. I can then put a nice wide band of painters tape on the edge of the rim. Then all I would need to do is trace the circle of the rim using a razor blade with the wood block spacer pressed against the lip of the rim to maintain uniform spacing.

Pix to follow soon. I have to hurry before my wife starts hiding my bed liner stash on me.
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Here's a pic of mine, did the wheels w/paint and bedlined the grill......don't think I'd want bedliner on my wheels. The paint is very easy to touch up. Good luck and post up the pics!

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Glad we could help put you in the dog house tonight. Now we all aren't alone.
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