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Wheels Turnin’: Steelies, Alloys, Beadlocks, and More—We’ve Got ’Em

Posted in Features on March 7, 2019
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Whether it’s for style points or functional improvements, chances are you’ll find yourself eyeballing new wheels for the 4x4 in your life. Wheel shopping, however, shouldn’t be taken lightly. Choosing aluminum over steel could result in rolling mass reductions (depending on the off-road terrain you traverse), beadlock wheels could allow you to safely run lower tire pressures, and measurements must be considered so that the wheels clear your vehicle’s braking components. Now that we have the off-road wheels in your head turnin’, have a look at the 35 wheels we’ve gathered and see if they’re right for you.

Moto Metal

Wheel Words: The famous 8-spoke, deep-lip MO970 wheel from Moto Metal is now available in Gloss Black.
How Big: 16- to 24-inch diameters for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Cast aluminum
Info: motometalwheels.com

Black Rhino

Wheel Words: The 6-spoke, matte-black Raze wheel is the perfect accent to your truck or Jeep, whether it’s used for towing or trail duty.
How Big: 17-, 18-, 20-, 22-, and 24-inch diameters for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum alloy
Info: blackrhinowheels.com

DV8

Wheel Words: Air down your tires and wheel with confidence with the 882 Beadlock from DV8 Offroad. The wheel is available in polished or black finishes with a 5/8-inch-thick, 6061 T6 Aircraft-grade aluminum beadlock ring.
How Big: 17x8.5- and 20x9.5-inch sizes for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: 356 T6 high-grade aluminum
Info: dv8offroad.com

Quadratec

Wheel Words: Inspired by the factory Mopar Rubicon wheel and engineered for JK and JL Wranglers, the Hardrock wheel features a hub-centric design and wider stance to safely accommodate larger tires. Available in Satin Black, Gun Metal Gray, Smoke Bronze, and Black Machined.
How Big: 17x8.5 inches, 5x5 bolt pattern
Construction: Cast aluminum
Info: quadratec.com

Rough Country

Wheel Words: The one-piece Series 93 wheels from Rough Country will turn heads as they turn on your 4x4. The 7-spoke design flares toward the lip to enhance curb appeal and is forged from a single piece of aluminum for the best ratio of weight and durability.
How Big: 20x9- and 20x10-inch sizes for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: roughcountry.com

Rugged Ridge

Wheel Words: Engineered specifically for the JK and JL Wranglers, the Drakon wheel features a 5-on-5 bolt pattern, -12mm offset, and 4.53-inch backspacing, as well as Gun Metal and Black Satin finishes.
How Big: 17-, 18-, and 20-inch diameters for 5-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: ruggedridge.com

Method Race Wheels

Wheel Words: Claimed to perform similarly to a beadlock without breaking the rules of the highway, the new Bead Grip technology on Method’s Trail Series MR701 wheel has grooves to engage the tire bead at lower pressures and an inner safety hump to hold the bead in place. Available in Method Matte Bronze or Black with a reinforced inner lip design.
How Big: 15-, 16-, and 17-inch diameters for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: methodracewheels.com

VTX Wheels

Wheel Words: Available for most 6-lug Toyota trucks, the VTX Rebel wheel comes with a simulated bead ring; 8-spoke design; slant lip; and a color-matched, low-profile center cap.
How Big: 16- and 17-inch diameters for 6-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: vtxwheels.com

TrailReady

Wheel Words: TrailReady’s HD Series wheel is now available in a forged monoblock design with superior strength and longevity.
How Big: 17x8.5 inches for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: trbeadlocks.com

Rolling Big Power

Wheel Words: Designed and certified for 42-inch tires, the RBP 50R Cobra can be a true beadlock as well as a DOT-certified street wheel. Available in black, with black, machined, or bronze beadlock rings. Custom color options are also available.
How Big: 17x9-, 18x9-, and 20x9-inch sizes for 5- and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: rollingbigpower.com

Mickey Thompson

Wheel Words: Mickey Thompson’s SD-5 wheel has a classic 5-spoke design with a satin-black finish, diamond-cut machining, and brilliant highlights.
How Big: 15-, 17-, 18-, and 20-inch diameters for 5- and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: mickeythompsontires.com

Dick Cepek

Wheel Words: Dick Cepek’s Torque wheel is engineered for superior durability, easy care, and impressive style. The sleek wheel was designed for late-model trucks and 4x4s that require higher offsets, more brake caliper clearance, and TPMS compatibility.
How Big: 16-, 17-, 18-, and 20-inch diameters for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: dickcepek.com

Mamba Offroad Alloys

Wheel Words: The M25 wheel is offered in Matte Grey with a black lip edge, has machined drill holes, and sports a mesh-inspired design.
How Big: 17x9-, 18x9-, and 20x9-inch sizes for 5- and 6-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: mambawheels.com

ICON Alloys

Wheel Words: The Compression wheel combines sharp lines with a concave spoke design to improve the form and function of your 4x4. ICON claims this wheel maximizes caliper clearance, optimizes wheel position for unhindered suspension travel, and uses proper backspacing and offset to reduce scrub radius.
How Big: 17x8.5 inches for 5- and 6-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum alloy
Info: iconalloys.com

Walker Evans

Wheel Words: Walker Evans Racing’s 17-inch wheels are proven in the off-road racing community and born of this lineage is the Legend II. This beadlock wheel is available in Satin Black with machined accents and tapered lug holes.
How Big: 17x8.5 inches for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Cast aluminum
Info: walkerevansracing.com

Asanti Off-Road

Wheel Words: The AB816 Anvil Titanium won Best New Wheel & Related Product at SEMA 2018 with its aggressive styling, billet caps, and available Gloss Black Milled and Titanium Brushed finishes.
How Big: 20- to 22-inch diameters for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: asantiwheels.com

Boyce Equipment

Wheel Words: Looking for the perfect set of wheels for your trusty Deuce and a Half? Look no further than the M35A2 2.5-ton split-rim wheels from Boyce Equipment.
How Big: Standard 6-lug pattern with wheels for most M-Series vehicles
Construction: Steel
Info: boyceequipment.com

Trail-Gear

Wheel Words: Each wheel is made from a solid piece of aluminum and weighs 45 pounds when completed, including locking ring and hardware. All 24 boltholes come with Time-Serts to keep the Grade 8 5/16-inch bolts from galling.
How Big: Sizes for popular Toyota, Jeep, Ford, and Nissan applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: trail-gear.com

U.S. Wheel

Wheel Words: The Crawler Stealth wheel is painted Camo Green to match your military rig’s paintjob. Lug nuts are not included, but a Gunmetal center cap certainly is.
How Big: 15x7- and 17x9-inch sizes for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Steel
Info: uswheel.com

Helo

Wheel Words: Helo’s HE878 comes in Satin Black with a center cap to match and a distinguished 8-spoke design.
How Big: 16-, 17-, 18-, and 20-inch diameters for 8-lug applications
Construction: Cast aluminum
Info: helowheels.com

American Force

Wheel Words: Crawling rocks and extreme off-roading can require a beadlock wheel, and the BL1 Dune delivers. With forged construction and a true beadlock design, this wheel is ready for any terrain.
How Big: 17x9- and 20x10-inch sizes for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Forged aluminum
Info: americanforcewheels.com

Weld Racing XT

Wheel Words: The Rekon B57B from Weld Racing provides maximum performance on and off the road with a lightweight design, nano-ceramic Advanced Tactical Coating, and a functional beadlock ring.
How Big: 17x9 inches for 5- and 6-lug applications
Construction: Forged aluminum
Info: weldxt.com

Havok Off-Road

Wheel Words: Make a bold statement with the Havok Off-Road H105 and its black milled, stylized, one-piece design.
How Big: 17x9-, 18x9-, 20x9-, and 20x10-inch sizes for 6- and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum composite
Info: havokoffroad.com

Fab Fours

Wheel Words: With timeless styling, a glossy black finish, and the ability to accept the Fab Fours optional wheel ring, the FF521 can change the attitude of your rig in minutes.
How Big: 24x12 inches for 5- and 8-lug applications
Construction: Cast aluminum
Info: fabfours.com

Fuel

Wheel Words: The Fuel Blitz D674 is sure to add unique style and durability to your rig with its matte black finish and spoked design.
How Big: 17x9-, 20x9-, and 20x10-inch sizes for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: fueloffroad.com

Venomrex

Wheel Words: Venomrex combines distinct and innovative design with robust style in the VR-501, which the company says is one of the lightest 20-inch wheels in its class.
How Big: 17x9- and 20x9-inch sizes for 5-lug applications
Construction: Forged aluminum
Info: venomrex.com

KMC

Wheel Words: With a mid-concave 6-spoke design and unique debris release slots, the XD138 Portal wheel is engineered to complement your small truck or Jeep on and off the road.
How Big: 16-, 17-, and 18-inch diameters for 5- and 6-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: kmcwheels.com

Dirty Life

Wheel Words: The 10-spoke design, V-shaped windows, and increased rim-wall thickness make sure the Roadkill 9302 Beadlock wheel is lightweight and tough enough for the most severe tasks.
How Big: 17x9 inches for 5-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: dirtylifewheels.com

Hutchinson

Wheel Words: The Rock Monster is a true two-piece beadlock, allowing you to air those meats down to the grippy single-digit air pressures best suited for playing or working in off-road conditions.
How Big: 17x8.5 inches for 5-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: hutchinsoninc.com

American Racing

Wheel Words: A staple among truck owners who want a clean wheel with a timeless look and Satin Black finish. The AR62 Outlaw II features a 12-hole design with rivets to give it that tough and formidable look you know you want.
How Big: 14- to 17-inch diameters for 4-, 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Cast aluminum
Info: americanracing.com

AEV

Wheel Words: Dedicated to the Chevy Colorado and the Colorado ZR2 pickups, the Crestone allows you to have a fully functional Beadlock Ring, a Protection Ring, or no ring at all, wrapped into one wheel.
How Big: 17x8 inches for 6-lug applications
Construction: A356 T6 cast aluminum
Info: aev-conversions.com

SOTA Offroad

Wheel Words: Whether you want them in Anthra-Kote, Death Metal, or Polished finishes, the A.W.O.L. wheels from SOTA Offroad are sure to take your rig to the next dimension of style.
How Big: 20- and 22-inch diameters for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Aluminum
Info: sotaoffroad.com

ATX

Wheel Words: The AX756 Slab wheel is for off-road use only and perfect for your trail rig.
How Big: 17-, 18-, and 20-inch diameters for 5-, 6-, and 8-lug applications
Construction: Cast aluminum
Info: wheelpros.com

Raceline

Wheel Words: RT51 Daytona Steel Beadlocks are high quality and built for performance, taking race-proven tech and incorporating it into consumer wheels.
How Big: 15- and 17-inch diameters for 6-lug applications
Construction: Steel
Info: racelinewheels.com

ProComp

Wheel Words: The Series 51 wheel is made with quality materials, thicker welds, tight tolerances, and is perfect for those looking for wheels without paying the premium for alloys.
How Big: 15-, 16-, 16.5-, and 17-inch diameters for 5-lug applications
Construction: Steel
Info: procompusa.com

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