American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) is perhaps best-known among General Motors enthusiasts for the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison – an ultra-capable take on the already unstoppable Colorado ZR2 that the Michigan-based company developed in partnership with Chevrolet. AEV also offers a number of individual off-road upgrade parts for the Chevy Colorado, however, and recently unveiled its new Salta XR aluminum wheels for the mid-size pickup.
AEV says the Salta XR is an evolution of its well-established and popular Salta wheel. The alloy wheel is designed to provide additional rigidity and strength when off-roading and features recessed valve stems for added protection when driving over rocks and other rough terrain. Each Salta XR wheel is also engineered for specific makes and models, ensuring the wheel has the proper offset/backspacing, tire clearance and scrub radius for the given vehicle application.
The Chevy Colorado-compatible Salta XR wheel is 17-inches tall by 8.5-inches wide with a 9mm offset, 5.48-inch backspacing and 66.98mm hub bore. These wheels also have a load rating of 2,400 lbs and can be installed with factory OE lug nuts.
These wheels are available in two different color finishes: Satin Black and Onyx. AEV does not recommend powder coating aluminum wheels, as the heat range and duration of the powder coating process may overlap the heat treating and aging of the cast and affect the structural integrity. Those customers who want a color other than Satin Black or Onyx should use automotive grade paint on the wheels instead, the company says.
AEV Salta XR wheels cost $260.00 per unit when ordered from AEV’s website, so outfitting a Chevy Colorado with four of them would cost $1,040 USD before taxes, shipping, installation and any other associated fees. AEV also offers another wheel model for the Chevy Colorado called the Crestone Dualsport, which is priced from $275 per wheel.