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makotoshishio 02-11-2011 08:23 PM

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?

ESP 02-11-2011 08:43 PM

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.

MMJ89586 02-11-2011 08:52 PM

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.

GoldenSahara00 02-11-2011 09:19 PM

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

AgtSunshine 02-11-2011 09:52 PM

If you feel your wheels need 'protection' from mud/rocks/zombie blood/whatever, then you shouldn't be off-roading with them. :rolleyes:

I mean...come on.

InfernoGirl 02-11-2011 10:32 PM

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... :)

MOPWR2U 02-11-2011 11:13 PM

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.

makotoshishio 02-12-2011 04:48 AM

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.

AgtSunshine 02-12-2011 05:12 AM

Damage = badge of honor

GREEN-MACHINE 02-12-2011 05:53 AM

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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

Hilldweller 02-12-2011 06:33 AM

Wax them and they clean right up.
Here; look at mine. Spotless.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...arlman/072.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...lman/061-1.jpg

brewsnjeeps25 02-12-2011 10:14 AM

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 :) )

RubiJK12 02-12-2011 11:59 AM

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.
And like everyone is saying, just enjoy!

AgtSunshine 02-12-2011 07:22 PM

Just keep your meats on a set of steel Cragars

AzTJ 02-12-2011 07:46 PM

The first scratch will always make you cringe... but then you realize what fun you were having. :thumb:

JIMBOX 02-12-2011 07:52 PM

:whistling: Don't driveit like you stoleit--

Driveit like it's YOUR JEEP !!

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

ncossey 02-12-2011 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by makotoshishio
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.

makotoshishio 02-12-2011 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by ncossey (Post 1051934)
Invest in a solid supply of spray paint.


Ha ha!! Sounds like a good idea:rofl:

Hilldweller 02-13-2011 06:35 AM

If you never wash them, you won't know they're scratched.
More time to wheel, grill steaks, drink beer, & please your spouse.
Worrying about the cosmetics on a JEEP is something for P-Diddy to do.

uppidycon 02-13-2011 06:43 AM

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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