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Old October 7th, 2010, 09:33 AM
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Before and After: Black Steelies vs. Boost w/ Tire upgrade

Well, I had the Boost wheels mounted to my Beluga Black Defender 90 last night. Went from black steel wheels with 33x12.5x15 BFG MT KM1s to 285/75/R16s BFG KM2s on Boost Alloy rims.
First let me say people had said the KM2s were quieter than the KM1s; it's like NIGHT AND DAY how much quieter the KM2s are over the KM1s.
It's going to take a little getting used to the 285s, as they look much skinnier than the 33s. It may also be because I'm going from a 15inch rim to a 16 inch rim, but the tires look much smaller...may also be because you can now actually see the rim instead of a huge black mass below the wheel well. I really liked the wider stance the steel wheels and 33s gave to the truck; the 285s and Boosts tuck inside the fenders. I have spacers from the PO, but not really sure I want to use them yet.

I liked the black steelies for their bad-ass look, but think these Boost alloys make it look a little more civilized...not sure which I was going for to tell you the truth!

Anyway, some recent before and afters. Yes, I know the surrey isn't on properly in the last pic; I was in a rush this morning.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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I like it better with the new rims and tires. Good choice. How do you like the look of that ARB? Never liked it when I had it on my truck.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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new tires are always quieter than ones that have 'worn in". I'm running 285 KM2's and I can't hear the diesel, stereo, or phone calls because of them after 20k.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 09:43 AM
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Looks good.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 09:52 AM
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It looks much better! I don't go for the fat-tire look, it just looks excessive.

I also dig the ARB.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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new tires are always quieter than ones that have 'worn in".
Very true, keep them rotated with every oil change as they cup quickly if you don't.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 10:22 AM
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Thanks for the advice. Never dealt with the maintenance of these tires in the past.

Video of the guys at Pep Boys bringing it off the lift. The guy said he felt like a tiger was going to jump at him from behind, because of the presence the tires gave while packed in the back. He also stalled it 3 times until he realized the e brake was engaged. Haha.



May take like 30 minutes until it shows up.

------ Follow up post added October 7th, 2010 10:25 AM ------

The girlish giggling was a direct result of seeing them mounted (and seeing my truck driven by someone else) for the first time.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 10:30 AM
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x3 on the new look!
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I like the new look, I'm also considering doing the same thing. My truck is White and has 33's with Black rims. I was thinking of powder coating the Boost wheels black though only because my truck is white.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 11:11 AM
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I like the wheels, mostly because the steel wheels you had were terrible and not land rover wheels. I think this upgrades the look considerably. I will say I go back and forth with what looks better steel wheels or alloys. Just different looks but yours looks decent. I have noticed the Km2s no matter what the size seem narrow.

Isnt 285/75 huge? I thought most people with big tires got 285/55..
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I like the new look, I'm also considering doing the same thing. My truck is White and has 33's with Black rims. I was thinking of powder coating the Boost wheels black though only because my truck is white.

I have 3 Boost rims for powedercoating if you want 'em.

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Isnt 285/75 huge? I thought most people with big tires got 285/55..
They don't feel huge, but likely because they're considerably narrower than the 33s were. The truck feels a little lower, but I haven't taken out the measuring tape to confirm yet.

Before, these are the measurements I had taken. Note that I did this with all those tires in the back on the way to Pep Boys though, so may be a little lower than usual.

Before:
-Rear: To the top of the Rear-most cage: 79"
-Rear: From ground to the rear fender: 36"
-Rear: From top of tire (lowest tread depth) to rear fender: 6"
-Front: From ground to the top of the wing tops: 46"
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Old October 7th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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How did you decide on size? Personally I wouldnt want spacers on my truck.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 11:32 AM
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I have spacers, not installed. I want to get used to this look before I change it. I recall some bad stories from Phoenix37 and others regarding spacers, too.

Decided by searching a whollllle bunch. I was really nervous about the decision of course. Jorge and Dan (ini88) have 315s, which is too big for my uses. I liked my tire height, so I wanted something similar.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 11:36 AM
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I see no need for spacers. The tires seem to fit well. I guess if youa re rubbing when you turn that would be an issue for sure.
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Solid choice Josh! I'm with Jim, I think Defenders look better with tall and skinny tires. Big fat tires remind me of Jeeps, not that there is anything wrong with that. Personal choice thing.
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Old October 7th, 2010, 11:57 AM
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You don't need spacers. MY next set of tires will be some 255/85 or 285/75

I need to sell my Boosts after 4 years... everyone and their mother have them now
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Looks good Josh - I think it gives it a more sophisticated, more urban, less jungle look. Are you leaving the jerry-can's on the back?
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Old October 7th, 2010, 12:03 PM
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I need to sell my Boosts after 4 years... everyone and their mother have them now
Ouch!

Leastonce still wants yours though...so they should sell quickly!

My reasoning behind them was that I had already seen the black on black and wanted to try alloys that were "guaranteed" to look good. I had not seen a black NAS with Boosts yet either, and curiousity got the best of me when it came time to purchase new tires. When I saw Jorge's at Happy Hour I realized how nice they actually look with the soft tops.
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Not ripping on you at all. I think they look great, thats the reason I got them too! Now lets finally get that truck muddy.
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Brian's truck is black with black boosts and then there is the one from entoourage that had silver boosts. I am a bit over black wheels too.

Will 285/55/16 fit without a lift?
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