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Hey everyone,

Thanks for your time! I have been looking at a few different wheels/tires and want to make sure I buy the right sizes so I don't have any issues or rub. The sales people tell me I will be ok but I realize they just want my money. I have been looking at the Focal X's (see below) in 16 and 17. I know the 16's will be fine but I am leaning to wanting a bigger wheel. I also really like the the LP Adventure LP3 (see below). Looks like they only make them in 17's (17x8, +38mm offset). I am thinking these may be too big? But I don't know. In all honesty I don't really understand the whole wheel/tire/offset thing. As far as tires, I really like the look of the BFG KO2's or even the Toyo Open Country's. Again, any help on the wheel/tire combo is greatly appreciated! I am contemplating doing just a 1inch lift, which I think could help going with a larger wheel and tire. If doing a lift is discouraged, please let me know. I previously owned a 2016 Toyota Tacoma, not trying to do the lifted truck thing but would like to make the Element 'beefer'.

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These are 15 rota grid concave on bfg's KO2s no rubbing at all stock height... 235/75r15s
Dang! That looks real good. I am going for the Overland look as well. I noticed from previous threads you plastidipped the wheels. How difficult was it? Did you have to tape off or block the inside part of wheel? Since youve been driving around a bit since doing it, have you noticed any scuffs from rocks or just driving?
 

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Wouldn't know bout scuffs yet just put on today. Was pretty straight forward application. Used 3x5 cards around lip where wheel meets tire(overlapped cards in circle) 4 coats EA wheel and 2 coats clear. Came out real smooth and even. Very forgiving product.
 

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yeah i bought four new struts (all 4 corners) and 1" rear 1.5" front aerogenics lift being put on Weds next week i thought i would like stock ride height, but needed struts so lift kit to go with it, it is!!
 

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I don't have any advice to offer, but I am In for the results.
It is going to look good!

How many cans of Plasti Dip did you use Sean?
 

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I don't have any advice to offer, but I am In for the results.
It is going to look good!

How many cans of Plasti Dip did you use Sean?
I used 4 cans in the kit they shipped to me. use one can per wheel and use it all!! be patient and dont be afraid to spray on the tire. i used armor all on the tire careful not to get ANY on the wheel itself. 4-6 coats 20 minute intervals. easy to peel off tire(w armor all) if you applied enough coats.. the directions are spot on dont veer from it.
 

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Thanks everyone! I just ordered all new suspension yesterday so thats the next project.
 

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yep road noise is there for sure but i expected it with these tires. but achieving a look more interested me than silence i suppose. its not a commuter its just a toy and secondary vehicle.
but a trip to the beach in Oregon i shouldn't have a problem navigating the sand too much...
 

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Thanks everyone! I just ordered all new suspension yesterday so thats the next project.
i love your E!! you will be happy with the ride quality for sure, its like a new car ... i replaced my suspension top to bottom... best investment to date! new strut assembly, balljoints, axleshafts, swaybar links and rear upper adjustable control arms waiting on lowers to show up.
 
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