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Ugly wheels Of SEMA 2017 #TENSEMA2017

Posted in Events on November 2, 2017
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Here’s the thing, everyone in the automotive aftermarket knows wheels (and tires) are one of the first things people add to their 4x4s to customize them. That means there are lots of products aimed at past and present trends, styles, or wheel fads. The end goal; to sell a product that allows the individual to personalize their 4x4. At this point just about every wheel craze has passed between the pages of 4-Wheel & Off-Road at one time or another. We’ve seen them, and at the end of the day wheel trends are like bad hair trends. For example, like the mullet, the classic vintage white wagon wheel look; some hate it, while others love it. Currently the fads are all over the place. From the arguably intentionally ugly factory stamped steel wheel popular with minimalist overlanders to huge diameter, excessively wide, shallow off-set, shiny, coated, painted, polished 20-plus inch “Bro-Dozer” wheels we’ve seen it all. In these wheels are hidden the good and the bad, the mullets and man-buns of the “off-road” wheel world.

Another fact is not everyone is going to like everyone else’s style. We prefer function over form, or really somewhere in the middle (with little space for the man-bun), and you just won’t see some of these wheels on the trail. What we like are wheels that do what we need without being to gaudy, expensive, or functionally questionable. We could go on a rant about how big wheels are heavy, easy to bend, harder to stop, harder to move, and so on, but instead we are going to exercise our right to say these wheels we saw at SEMA 2017 today are just ugly. Do you agree, or hate us? Don’t worry, were sure you’d hate our mulletesque wheels too. Join the club of wheel haters.

Oh, there’s more! If you haven’t been offended yet, we plan to add wheels to this gallery as the week progresses, so check back later, your favorites may show up too!

We will take ugly and functional over ugly and sparkly any day and twice on the trial.
We think we know what the builder of the otherwise very nice full-size Bronco that wore these duds was going for. The truck was just retro enough that we’re guessing this is a nod to the white wagon wheel. Hit or miss, you decide.
So if you don’t already understand why very shallow off-set wheels are not functional (but do have a certain look) maybe this will make you cringe. Were estimating that wheel has about 2 inches of back spacing. Apparently that wasn’t silly enough looking so add in some ~4 inch aluminum wheel spacers. Here’s to hoping this truck never drives down the road past a bus full of nuns.
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