The Personal Touch

Wheels

Published in the August 2013 Issue August 2013

It’s either the first thing you do or the finishing touch; your wheels help set the style for your truck. When you fly past people on the street, they have no idea what you’ve done under the hood, but your wheels help give them an idea. Besides the style, you need a wheel that is built to last. Take a look at these options and see which one works best for you.

American Force Wheels

Making trucks look good since 2003, American Force Wheels is a leader in the industry because every wheel the company produces combines style and function. There is a great mix of looks and utility, but its true market distinction comes from the fact that many of its applications offer truck enthusiasts significant cost savings through substantially longer tire life.

“Not only do our high-quality wheels enhance appearance and increase a vehicle’s value, we have a large selection of aftermarket tires for sizes 19.5, 22.5, 24.5, which increase your vehicle’s tire life and load capacity,” says AFW rep Deyan Font. “It’s cosmetic and performance all in one.”

Take a closer look at the Alpha SF8 (Special Forces 8 lug) to complete your truck. It’s available in 20X9, 20X10, 20X12, 20X14,

22X10, 22X11, 22X12, 22X14, 24X11, 24X12 and 24X14and prices are around $1,066.

(www.americanforcewheels.com/786-345-6301)

BMF Wheels

BMF Wheels has created a truly unique and performance-driven line of wheels and rims for lifted truck enthusiasts. The great thing is that BMF Wheels feature an innovative fusion of forged wheel styling with cast wheel technology. All BMF wheels feature aggressive and bold designs for 4x4 rims and truck wheels with PVD, Stealth and Death Metal black finishes. Every BMF wheel is manufactured using a proprietary multi-axis CNC machining process. These produce a true three-dimensional look that is second to none for truck wheels and custom rims.

The Novakane series (pictured) is one of BMF Wheel’s “lug specific” designs, which means the number of spokes change depending on the number of lugs on your truck. This design is TPMS sensor compatible and has the longest, straightest rim lip possible.

Choose from 5-, 6- or 8-lug designs. Prices around $1,060 depending on finish and tire size.

(www.bmfwheels.com/888-313-2580)

Black Rhino

Black Rhino truck wheels are specifically designed with the off-road truck enthusiast in mind. The rugged styling draws its inspiration from one of the toughest beasts in the world, the Black Rhino. The Black Rhino wheels are engineered to carry the heavy loads often associated with diesel trucks. All wheels are either hub centric or supplied with centering rings to ensure a smooth, vibration-free ride. The wheels come in a variety of 17-, 18-, 20- and 22-inch sizes in a variety of finishes including Matte Black, Gloss Black with Machine, Matte Black with Matte Machine and in five, six and eight lug patterns, all depending on what you want for your truck. The Rockwell style is a thick, open-styled multi-spoke off road wheel, which leads to heavy-duty bolt accents around the lip. Prices around $640. (www.blackrhinowheels.com/ 800-479-8127)

Mickey Thompson

Since its conception in 1963, Mickey Thompson has been doing impressive things for the tire industry. But it also has a great line of wheels. The Big Rig wheel is styled in a simulated 10-lug wheel designed to fit OE six-lug and eight-lug bolt patterns without the adapters required by conversion-type 10-lug wheels. The M/T Classic Big Rig features a high load rating and is available in 20x9 and 20x11 sizes. “The new Classic Big Rig wheel offers classic ‘big rig’ styling with heavy-duty construction that performs,” says rep Ken Warner. “It offers the ultimate style along with a high load rating. This wheel is a great choice for any pickup owner who wants an impressive set of wheels that are also truly functional.”

Perfect for Ford, GM and Dodge three-quarter-ton

and one-ton pickups, the wheels have a highly polished surface and a high load rating. A non- corrosive, chromed plastic center cap is included.Prices around $1,416.

(www.mickeythompsontires.com/330-928-9092)

Mamba Wheels

Nicely designed, Mamba doesn’t skimp on quality when it comes to its off-road alloy wheels. The company doesn’t use cheap plastic caps, pressed-in bolts, or weak hardware. Instead, Mamba bolt accessories and two-piece die-cut caps are forged from 6061 aluminum and then clear coated with a diamond-cut protective material to leave a lasting impression as you fly by.

“Having a high-quality wheel is something that is an absolute necessity. On- or off-road, a wheel’s strength, reliability and dependability are what owners are riding on,” says rep Scott Weiss. “It’s what allows them to leave home, hit the trail and make it back to their driveways safely. Wheel quality is an extremely important factor for any vehicle.” The hottest wheel this year is the Mamba M13. Prices start around $505.

(www.mambawheels.com/800-645-3878)

Fuel Off Road

Fuel Off-road manufactures some of the most advanced off-road wheels by offering the latest in design and engineering innovations on the market. Established in 2009 by MHT Luxury Alloys, it has quickly become one of the most trusted names in the business. The company is capturing the attention of customers by offering cutting edge designs, fitments, and technological advancements. The D253 Fuel two-piece is a chrome wheel with a gloss black lip and is available in 20x10, 20x12, 20x14, 22x10, 22x12 or 22x14. Prices around $1,100. (www.mhtwheels.com/800-493-7891)

Ultra Wheel

Some companies stand behind a slogan or icon to establish an identity. Ultra Wheel goes with an unyielding core principle of building strong durable wheels with precise fitments. Jim Smith, the owner of Ultra Wheel, established that principle on the first day of business over 25 years ago.

Manufactured by Ultra Wheel, the Worx Wheels series stands among the best of its class with a unique design and powerful engineering that aims to reinvent the wheel. The Worx Wheel Series offers finishes in Satin Black, Milled Accents and Chrome PVD. For over two years, these wheels have been tested and re-tested on heat trails and high-speed off-road environments for maximum performance. Worx Wheels are designed to resist brake dust, handle extreme weather conditions, and are easy to clean. This Worx 801 Triad Dually Front Chrome finish includes lug nuts, center caps and valve stems. Prices around $1,100.

(www.ultrawheel.com/714-449-7120)

Dick Cepek

Dick Cepek Tires and Wheels was founded in 1963 by off-road enthusiast Dick Cepek and it has always taken great pride in providing quality on- and off-road products for trucks. It continues to enhance its product offering with the introduction of the new Gun Metal 7 wheel. This distinctive gun metal gray and machined aluminum wheel has a seven-spoke design and is available in both low and high offsets for lifted and non-lifted trucks. It’s also got a tough glossy clear coat that provides a layer of UV protection for superior durability and ease of care, even in the harshest climates.

“The Gun Metal 7 is our first seven-spoke wheel in the line and it’s a great design,” says rep Ken Warner. “It’s a tough wheel, which truck owners need, and the unique, smooth, gun metal gray finish gives it the ultimate style.”

Together with the incredibly popular Dick Cepek radial-tire line, the Dick Cepek Gun Metal 7 Wheel offers a great new option for truck owners. Prices around $648. (www.dickcepek.com/330-928-9092)

Rolling Big Power

This company was started by Roland Trudel who was an addict of the truck lifestyle. Now a big player in the diesel truck world, the company produces wheels that will finish off the look of your truck perfectly. Some of the models come with an engraved Rolling Big Power logo on the inside lip which will let other people know exactly where you stand when it comes to your truck. The styling is simple but it makes a big impact.

The wheel pictured is the 99R FURY and it is available in chrome or gloss black and comes with machined accents. The RBP wheels have an awesome radical and brutal look. Nothing oozes big bad power like a truck fitted with RBP wheels. Prices around $1,590.

(www.rollingbigpower.com/877-519-9090)

Moto Metal

Moto Metal Wheels are great custom wheels for lifted trucks. The company offers a vast selection of custom wheels and off-road style alloy wheels in all of the most popular finishes including chrome black. Moto Metal custom wheels include applications for leveled, lifted and stock trucks. Plus they are built from some of the highest quality materials available. Priced at a great value point, these aggressive-looking wheels are an excellent option for your truck.

Tough and rugged, the Moto Metal 951 chrome alloy looks sharp on the road. The sturdy split six-spoke alloy wheel pictured is available in popular sizes for most trucks. The Moto Metal 951 has a durable chrome finish, dimpled around the edge for an attractive look. Prices around $750.

(www.motometal.net/714-892-2210)

Hostile

New to the market, Hostile Wheels was introduced at the 2012 SEMA show. Started by Kelly Johnson, Hostile Wheels catch your eye as you cruise down the road.

“I designed these wheels with the idea to make truck wheels unique with an extended lip and metal bolt-on labels,” says Johnson. “This helps the consumer to make his or her truck different then the current truck designs out there.”

This is an H101 wheel with an asphalt finish and is available in 20x9, 20x10, 20x12 and 22x14. Next time you see a wheel stamped with a mean looking “H” you’ll know that you are staring at a Hostile Wheel. Prices around $1,195. (www.hostilewheels.com/909-444-0854)

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