I love the little things that make the outdoors special. Itâ€™s not just tackleâ€”itâ€™s the glitz and gadgets too. No question I am a gadget guy, so when buying a truck or a boat I am never satisfied with how it comes out of the factory. I want to give them my personality so I am always customizing, fabricating and designing.
I recently upgraded my truckâ€™s wheels to the ATX AX192 Blades. After running aftermarket rims for several years, I can honestly say that these are some of the best Iâ€™ve ever owned. Whether youâ€™re an angler, hunter or an old guy like me, I think youâ€™ll fall in love with them.
Stand up to tough weather conditions
In 2013 I purchased a Chevrolet Z71 Crew Cab from a dealer who is actively involved in my area with the outdoors, Sam Leman Automotive Group, and even though it has all the options, I wanted it to stand out more. I just couldnâ€™t resist jazzing it up a bit, so I decided to try the ATX AX192 Blades.
Living in Illinois poses various challenges from a weather perspective. I love chrome on my trucks but the harsh winter weather can be absolutely horrible on them. Road salt, grime and snow can make shiny wheels rusty in a heartbeat but ATX has mastered â€œcare freeâ€ with their wheels.
The ATX AX192 Blades come with a phenomenal PVD finish that protects the chrome from everything imaginable and resists any type of staining. It doesnâ€™t matter if Iâ€™m trudging through slush and salt or heading to the boat ramp on a rainy morningâ€”these wheels stay remarkably clean and require very little upkeep to stay looking like new.
Slick, rugged look for outdoorsmen
Now when I say I like â€œblingâ€ on my trucks, Iâ€™m not talking about exorbitant chrome wheels. Like the large majority of our readers, Iâ€™m an avid outdoorsman and I look for a balance between aesthetics and functionality. These wheels have given me the best of both worlds.
They combine the eye-catching chrome look, but they also incorporate a dark inner-wheel that I loveâ€”while the truck is parked, it reflects the hubs beautifully. This particular model is an eight-spoke indent wheel that matches highway tires, all-terrains and even mud-terrains nicely. The wheelsâ€™ offset gives them a deeper look, which has made my 17-inch rims and tires look much beefier than before. Theyâ€™re not too gaudy, but give my new truck just enough â€œpopâ€ to be noticed around the country.
Match these wheels with a chrome, tube-style running board and be prepared to have a lot of conversations with complete strangers.
The ATX AX192 Blades donâ€™t require constant wiping, polishing or babysitting. The day I had them installed, I applied a coat of sealer wax to them in order to further seal them from the elements. As a result, I donâ€™t have to waste any time throughout the week making sure my truck stays looking good.
If youâ€™re a neat freak like me, you can even take it a step further. After washing my truck, Iâ€™ve started spraying Lucas Slick Mist on the wheels. I simply spray them down and rinse them with a garden hoseâ€”no rubbing, meticulous detailing or anything of the sort.
In hindsight, installing the ATX AX192 Blades was one of the best decisions I made in 2013. They added a whole new dimension to my truck and Iâ€™ve been extremely pleased with their durability, good looks and simple maintenance. Everywhere I go, Iâ€™m greeted with nothing but positive feedback on my wheels.
If you want to learn more about these wheels or find a model that fits your tow vehicle perfectly, visit ATXWheels.com.