What we did:
- Upgraded wheels to 16” Alloy Aluminum
- Upgraded tires to BFGoodrich KO2’s
- Trimmed the front wheel wells to fit the tires
Why we did it:
We wanted to add a little bit of lift all around and we wanted all terrain tires that could be put through the ringer on any road we encounter from San Francisco to Ushuaia. It took a little over 3 months and many dead end phone calls to find the wheels that would fit our specs. We are starting to understand why import is synonymous with custom and why custom takes more time. It’s just harder to find and source parts that fit and meet the specs you need.
We chose HiSpec trailer wheels because we only had three options and they had the best looking “unfancy” alloy wheel available. We wanted to keep a lower profile on the wheels because we didn’t want to draw any more attention as we travel throughout Central and South America. Only two other manufactures made an aluminum alloy wheel that met the specs: Method and Ion Alloy. There are, however, a plethora of steel wheels from various manufactures, but we wanted less weight.
I researched so many different wheel manufactures and specs, I never want to search for wheels again. Being an imported vehicle, we can’t just look up wheels based on Make and Model. When ever I spoke to a Rep on the phone there was always a very long explanation as to what we were looking for and in the end 9 times out of 10 they couldn’t search for wheels based off of their specs. It was quite the obstacle and I am so happy with our end results.
It wasn’t really difficult to decide on tires as the overwhelming majority of overlanders feedback suggested the KO2’s are the best. We have heard of a few others, but in the end we wanted a tire that we could find fairly easy if needed. We picked them up from Discount Tire. For extra clearance in the wheel well, we trimmed the metal to fit.
Wheel – 15”x6” -4 offset on 6 lug pattern
Tire – 215/80R15
Wheel – 16”x6.5” with 0 offset on 6 lug pattern
Tire – 245/75R16
We ended up with a 1” lift from this upgrade. Peso looks so beastly now! Grrr!