At last, the time has come to install the wheels and tires. We have been waiting for this moment, we just received the call that the wheels and tires have been mounted up over at Rebel Off Road. We selected the Walker Evans Racing bead lock wheels for the awesome design and ridiculous strength. Walker Evans has been beating on wheels for years out in the desert, so if he is willing to put his name on them, you know they are up to the task! We decided to run the 17 X 8.5 standard finish with a polished bead lock ring in a 5 on 5.5 pattern. To keep us planted to the rocks, we elected to run some Maxxis Trepador 37 X 12.50 X 17 Radials. These tires wrapped around the Walker wheels should look as good as they perform! Maxxis also makes a Bias ply tire that is for competition use (Called Stickies) that we were eyeballing pretty hard, but they would wear way to fast for our style of trail driving. We like to drive to the trail, enjoy the challenges, then drive home, so the radials were more realistic for us. While at Rebel we noticed the guys had one of their Roof Racks coated in silver and mounted up as well, this rack should work perfect for our extra storage needs. To have a look at these components, check them out here…..
A few days ago we went to the Maxxis tires Warehouse to pick up the tires.
This warehouse is huge!!
I want these tires so bad! They work extremely well on the trail.
We have something up our sleeve for the near future with this rig, that is why we went with the 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern. For the time being we used adapters to use the Walker Evans wheels on the 5 on 5 standard JK pattern. These adapters also widen the overall stance by 3 inches, which should really help with stability.
This wheel and tire combination will offer a ton of ground clearance, good looks, strength and the traction we will need to tackle the toughest of trails! Here is a photo of the stock wheel and tire with the new Walker Evans wheel wrapped in the Maxxis Trepador….
We gained about 5″ in tire height and about 2.5″ in width, this will also give us an extra 2.5″+ of ground clearance to the axle housing.
The tires and wheels look perfect on the SCX10JK. The size of the tire is exactly what the kit calls for, and should clear during complete articulation at all steering angles
Rebel Off Road fabricated one of their Halo Jeep JK roof racks, and had it coated in the same silver color as the Jeep. This rack is nice and low profile, yet offers a ton of extra storage space for those extra long trips Jeff takes with the family. Check it out
The rack is constructed of 1.75″ DOM tubing for the outer ring, and the center section is a wire grid that is welded at every intersection, so it is very strong and ready for Battle! Thank you Rebel!!
As you can see, the bumpers are already in progress, so stay tuned for the next blog post showing the installation of the front and rear Poison Spyder bumpers and TJM winch. If you are new to this blog and project, please take a few minutes to look at the past blog posts to see the history of how this rig came about…
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