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Liquid Metal Rhino Wheels

Article written by Carl "Silverback" Schaible

Date Added: 11/02/2008

Follow along as MOABJEEPER Magazine reviews the Liquid Metal Rhino wheels that we added during our tire/wheel upgrade through Discount Tire on our project JK.

While "bling" should not be the priority when considering a wheel for your JK, it does not hurt, especially if it has the off-road features you are looking for to boot. The Liquid Metal Rhino wheel is a sharp looking wheel with some great off-roading features that any Jeeper would love.
When reviewing wheels, we found that Discount Tire said it best when describing these wheels, "Featuring sturdy, lightweight aluminum construction and a selection of brilliant finishes, Liquid Metal wheels are the perfect choice for enthusiasts who want the best." And we have to say it's hard to disagree.

I know what all of you readers are thinking... "Silverback, you are running fancy black and polished aluminum wheels; what are you thinking man?" I thought that too when Discount Tire first showed us these wheels.

The Liquid Metal Rhino wheels are forged aluminum with black centers and a polished outer lip. This design means the shiny outer lip is taking the hits leaving the black inner surface of the wheel unscathed... in most cases. Years down the road, sure the polished lip will look beat up, but the black part of the wheel (the part everyone is looking at) will still be lookin good. The split five spoke design gives it a sporty look, while not being over-the-top on an off-road vehicle. But again, looks are not the most important thing when considering the wheels for your Jeep. Let's take a look at some of the features that make it nice for offroad use.

A nice design feature, whether cosmetic or functionally intentional, is the valve stem. It is recessed pretty far back on the wheel minimizing the chances of an errant rock jumping up and ripping your valve stem out.

With protection being the theme, the most important feature, in our opinion, is the lug placement. While you may be okay with ripping the tar out of your wheels off road, if you get a rock in far enough, the lug nuts can get damaged ruining your trip real quick. On the Liquid Metal wheels, the lug nuts are recessed and literally contained inside the metal of the wheel. This wheel really gives you the best of both worlds; a great looking wheel that can handle rugged off-road use.

Final Thoughts

Normally, we don't have an "Installations Issue" contained within a product review. And we didn't actually have an "installation" issue, but we do need to point out that the internally contained lug nuts REQUIRE you to purchase a thin walled, deep-well socket. Nothing else will fit inside the wheel to remove the lug nuts. While this may seem like an inconvenience... consider it an extra security measure to keep your wheels on YOUR vehicle.

The Liquid Metal Rhino wheel is a great looking, lightweight wheel that will definitely meet the needs of the off-roading community wanting both form and function. With 3 sizes of Liquid Metal Rhino Wheels, and over 600 stores in 18 states, Discount Tire is the best place to buy your next set of wheels.

Purchase / Vendor Info

Vendor Name: Discount Tire (Layton, Utah)
Address: 881 W Hill Field Rd
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: (801) 544-0104‎
E-Mail Address:
Website: www.discounttire.com/dtcs/home.do

Our Thank You's!

MOABJEEPER would like to thank Bryan, Shawn, and all the guys out at the Discount Tire in Layton, Utah. You made Silverback and Moabman's experience both a pleasurable and educational one.

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