Duramax on Horse and Buggy Wheels

The first steps in off-road truck ownership usually include installing a lift, wheels, and tires; but where in those instructions did it say to strap horse and buggy wheels on your Duramax? Well, this may be outside the realm of normalcy, but who are we to judge. Where some folks opt for the strongest, most lightweight, and durable wheels; tires with the most puncture-resistant sidewalls and the most aggressive tread patterns; and a lift kit specifically engineered for the make and model of their ride, others choose horse and buggy wheels.

As shown in a recent video, this truck owner started with what appeared to be a clean GMC Sierra 2500 HD with the coveted LBZ Duramax. The truck looks to have also come with low-profile street-style tires and shiny non-off-road wheels, but that was soon to change.

The owner described his plans. Install wooden buggy wheels that were "literally one inch wide" on his Duramax.

This plan first involved fabricating mounting plates to make the wooden wheels compatible with the truck's precarious stack of wheel spacers. Then, in the sub-optimal setting of a muddy farm field, lift the truck, and install the four wooden wheels using fewer lug nuts than recommended by the factory. After noting how the truck's weight was supported by roughly two wooden spokes per wooden wheel, the truck was lowered onto the wheels where it sat in the field, awaiting testing. The owner shifted into four-wheel drive and cautiously applied the throttle. Sounds of creaking wood could be heard as the wheels struggled under what we believe to be more than twice the normal weight carried upon them.

As unbelievable as it may sound, the wheels did not last long. The front left wheel buckled sending the brake rotor into the dirt, but the driver was unrelenting in his throttle application, seemingly determined to destroy the remaining wheels.

In a subsequent attempt at wooden wheel wreckage, he chose to remove both driver side wooden wheels and replace them with the street wheels and tires, while the wooden wheels remained on the passenger side. More throttle crackle pop snap. This time, it was a game of "how far can the truck go while dragging passenger side brake rotors through the dirt?" We found ourselves laughing while simultaneously groaning in pain for the poor vehicle. Watch for yourselves in the video below.

We do not condone this activity and we always recommend consulting your vehicle's manual and/or the dealership before attempting any upgrades, that being said, enjoy the four-wooden-wheel drive action.

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