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Old 02-11-2011, 08:23 PM   #1
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what you do to protect the wheels while off roading?

Don't know if any of you do something to protect your wheels while off roading. If you do, please share your tricks with me and nay other person interested. I'm getting my new wheels on tomorrow and feel a little worried about messing them up while offroad. I do know that I have to watch out for big rocks hitting the side of the wheels as tires will not completely protect them, but besides that, what other tricks you guys have?

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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You've pretty much nailed what you can do to keep em from getting damaged but if you off road your going to put dents, scratches, and maybe even break parts off em eventually.

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:52 PM   #3
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I hate to say this and I'm not trying to sound like an a$$ but you have 2 choices. Don't put the new rims on. Or put them on and don't off road. I work on gravel and mud roads and dings nicks and scratches are everyday for me.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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Wrap your rims in bubble rap before you wheel. Then make a youtube video of it so we can laugh

haha man it will happen, just dont worry about it and drive
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If you feel your wheels need 'protection' from mud/rocks/zombie blood/whatever, then you shouldn't be off-roading with them.

I mean...come on.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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It really is pretty much a choice. Keep a crap set for wheeling, and the nice ones for everyday, or wheel the nice ones and prepare to mess them up... Wheels are usually the last thing you'll worry about on the trail. Oil pans and evap canisters and air intakes and axles usually take precedence...
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:13 PM   #7
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I haven't really found a way to "protect" the wheels from offroad damage. I have always been pretty anal about having a clean Jeep, and I have even carried a pair of brush trimmers, and have been known to stop and cut off a big branch to keep from scratching the hell out of my Jeep's paint. I've had people ask me if I ever use my Jeeps because they are "too clean". I tell them to look closer, ... the wheels always look like hell. Beating up the wheels is legal. Trashing the rest of the Jeep is another story, it just makes you look like you can't drive very well.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:48 AM   #8
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He he he, you guys burned me with your answers. I guess I will mess them up unless someone creates a miracle wheel protector cap for off roading. You pretty much answered what I expected, but hell, I had to try find out if something could be done.
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its a mod, you will learn to live with, heres my 2010 mountain rims with 3k on them . don't worry about the rock rash
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Wax them and they clean right up.
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hey here is and idea. Keep the stock rims, bedliner them, and then use them to offroad. That way when the get dinged or scratched etc, you can respray them. and your new rims still look great.... (never said it was a good idea )
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I actually use two sets of wheels. 285/70's off road, stock Rubi 255/75's most of the time. Most of my off roading is easily enough done with the 255's and the wheels haven't had much damage.
For more interesting trips, Moab, etc. I put the 285's on and take the hits. I have both sets mounted on the same customs wheels. I've had to make many runs between AZ and OR and the gas mileage difference is another reason I have two sets. Really, with proper equipment, it doesn't take long to swap the wheels.
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The first scratch will always make you cringe... but then you realize what fun you were having.
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Don't know if any of you do something to protect your wheels while off roading. If you do, please share your tricks with me and nay other person interested. I'm getting my new wheels on tomorrow and feel a little worried about messing them up while offroad. I do know that I have to watch out for big rocks hitting the side of the wheels as tires will not completely protect them, but besides that, what other tricks you guys have?
Invest in a solid supply of spray paint.
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Invest in a solid supply of spray paint.

Ha ha!! Sounds like a good idea
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If you never wash them, you won't know they're scratched.
More time to wheel, grill steaks, drink beer, & please your spouse.
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i've never worried about my rims.. i've bent a couple bad enough to have to buy a new cause it wouldn't stop leaking air.. it's just part of wheelin'.. they're gonna get messed up..

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