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Painted wheels, who's had it done?

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#21 gopedxr7

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Posted March 29 2016 - 12:09 AM

Really would like to lift my dads 2005 trailblazer one day. Pretty jealous now. What lift kit did you get?

But I painted my tracker rims after giving it a 1" lift. Wire wheeled the steel wheels put a coat of primer, 3 coats of black and 2 coats of clear and it came out great for a Vehicle for the hunting property lol

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#22 mrprovy

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Posted March 29 2016 - 04:54 AM

BDS Suspension; I've wanted to install their lift for the past 8 years and finally did it. Their lift was the only one that didn't alter the front suspensions geometry on such a limited platform.
Any tire size increase will require wheel spacers or offset wheels due to the clearance with the upper ball joint; I currently have 265/65R17's with 1.5" spacers. With the lift, I'm looking to max out at 255/75R17's (32's).


Does anyone know how the wheels are finished from the factory? Is it simply body paint with a clear coat, it are they prefer coated (just curious)?

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#23 mrprovy

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Posted March 31 2016 - 07:37 PM

Thanks for the info. After reviewing all the options, I just ordered a set of wheels/tires at a significant savings over powder coating/painting mine... Plus, no down time. I'll post up some pics once I get them on, probably next weekend.

Next step will be a beach permit :)
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#24 EldoEsq

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Posted April 01 2016 - 07:00 AM

One word...PLASTIDIP.

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Posted April 01 2016 - 07:57 AM

BDS Suspension; I've wanted to install their lift for the past 8 years and finally did it. Their lift was the only one that didn't alter the front suspensions geometry on such a limited platform.
Any tire size increase will require wheel spacers or offset wheels due to the clearance with the upper ball joint; I currently have 265/65R17's with 1.5" spacers. With the lift, I'm looking to max out at 255/75R17's (32's).


Does anyone know how the wheels are finished from the factory? Is it simply body paint with a clear coat, it are they prefer coated (just curious)?


Nice looking truck... i was going to do the same to my tb before i sold it for my pickup. The factory wheels are machined and clear coated. In short... THEY SUCK. The finish on mine started to bubble after a couple years. My silverado has the same thing. So that brings me to my first opinion

Try plastidip first. Its cheap (no more than $100) and you can do any color your heart desires. Its a good test to see if you want to spend more and do the permanent thing. I plastidip my wheels every winter to protect the finish. First year it was black, then anthracite grey.

If you are looking to go permanent right away i second the Centereach auto parts comment. I used them for the CSL wheels on my bmw and they came out amazing.... ill try to find some pics

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Posted April 01 2016 - 08:03 AM

for the nostalgia.... tbee just before i sold it (black plastidipped wheels)
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Then the BMW before (how i bought the wheels)
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and after i had them done at Centereach
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Posted April 01 2016 - 03:05 PM

For $95/wheel, I ordered these figuring I'm not going to be able to get mine PC'd that cheap

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Posted April 02 2016 - 04:58 PM

Glad I opened this thread! Nice truck. I too have a trailblazer and it's sad the after market for them is limited. Such amazing vehicles. I forget but I put the biggest tires I could fit without spaces or a lift and plasti dipped wheels.

Although I would love to get spacers , mud tires and a lift eventually. But my stock wheels are plasti dipped and looks good. But would look MUCH better if the tires were more aggressive looking and spaced out

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Posted April 02 2016 - 05:42 PM

With just the 1.5" spacers, you could go up to 265/65R17's, that's what I have now... Keep your plasti dipped wheels. If it wasn't for the fact that the only car wash my truck has ever been to ruined the finish on my wheels (didn't realize it for months) by not rinsing the wheel cleaner from the caps, I would still be running them (I like them a lot).

I would highly recommend these wheel spacers; they are the ones I am using and are highly recommended by guys that pound their trucks of road, just stick with hub-centric's using the same bolt pattern (no change).

http://www.wheeladapter.com
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