29 Wheels and Tires of the 2017 SEMA Show #tensema17
Big and Shiny Rollers
Today’s jaunt took us to the Lower South Hall, which is the Wheel & Tire area. Since all vehicles need wheels and tires, this hall is, of course, an important one. The “shoes” you choose for your truck play a huge role in the overall look and function, so the route you take is one of importance. It’s also a safety issue, since your whole build literally rests on these accessories. Some choose the huge wheel and itty-bitty-rubber-band route, while others prefer a smaller wheel and meatier tire with a good sidewall. Well, this hall had it all, from mild A/T stock replacement fitments to the 42X15.50R28 behemoths found in the American Force booth. Since we hit the hall at the end of the day, it wasn’t overcrowded, and overall it felt more subdued than other years. There weren’t as many flashy Lambos and donk’d out rides as other years. However, it’s safe to say that if you’re building a custom truck, you have to go all-out in the wheel and tire category, keeping in mind that while size counts, you’ve also got to remember the details—powdercoating, engraving, lug nuts, custom caps, special finishes, and so on. And of course, don’t forget the tire shine.