September 16, 2022 at 9:57 pm #725170
Had the chance to droll over (not ON) a 2022 Ultimate someone took delivery of today and a few things besides the wheels sold me on it. Those particular wheels came into my focus when I started off thinking of a Silverado. Of course there’s availability of the Ultimate which I see everyone here sharing their experiences about the wait.
So we started talking about ordering a 2023. While building one out on gmc.com I got an awful surprise. For 2023 they have a completely DIFFERENT wheel. Taste DO vary but IMO it’s horrible. Completely non-symmetrical and more aluminum than dark finish like the rest of the truck. Like someone fell asleep at the lathe while milling it. At first I thought my graphics card just wasn’t rendering the image properly 🙂
So if you LIKE the 2022 wheels and are thinking about giving up on the 22, know that. I can only hope a supply issue for the new wheel arises and we have to accept the 2022 design – in my dreams 🙂
September 21, 2022 at 6:27 pm #725734
This post sent me down a rabbit hole…super bummed out by this. I found the GM Fleet Order guide for the 2023. It lists RPO code “SMR” as the “Included in Equipment Group” option for the Denali Ultimate 5SB with a description of “NEW! Wheels, 22″ (55.9 cm) 7-spoke ultra-bright machined with bright chrome accents and dark paint.” The 2022 wheels on the 5SB Denali Ultimate package were listed as RPO code “Q7L” with a description of “Wheels, 22″ x 9″ (55.9 cm x 22.9 cm) Low Gloss Black Aluminum Wheels with Machined Accents.”
Also found that the 2023 RPO is the same RPO as listed on the Yukon Denali Ultimate…those wheels are hideous.
September 21, 2022 at 6:55 pm #725739
Glad I’m not the only one that thinks that. I was ready to build, order, and w-a-i-t for maybe a year for a 2023 – until I saw THOSE wheels.
Everyone has different taste, some will HATE them, some will like them, others simply won’t care. Others will just order the 2022 wheels and get them installed. Swapping out factory wheels is probably done often and not a big deal to those that have done it before and are comfortable spending the extra money.
They’re still available and will be for some time since they can be ordered on the 2023 Silverado too. I even found some on eBay.
But, now I’m just stepping down to a regular Denali. Still a nice truck, a little less expense, with fewer gizmo’s to break in 5 years. I just built out a 2023 tonight and the proper wheels were still available for that model. GMC – I get it – HAS to have the Ultimate stand out in the crowd. Well, they certainly did that with the 2023. #uglyduckling
The only thing so far (that I really wanted) from the Ultimate was that Vader grille. If it will “fit” a regular Denali and I can find one, I will get it. I liked shiny chrome when I was young, not as much now 🙂 The “dark” theme is something I’m fond of and they did an outstanding job with that grille and GMC emblem. To me, the wheels and that grille were the icing on the cake.
If I do order a 2023 Denali, then shortly AFTER that GMC will likely see the problem they created and offer the proper wheels. #myluck
September 22, 2022 at 9:51 am #725808
I really wish they had swapped all the shiny chrome on the Ultimate for the Vader Chrome. Looking at the Yukon Denali Ultimate, it seems that they swapped all the shiny for Vader…so why not on the Sierra? :/
In digging yesterday I also found that the Carbon Pro bed is no longer a standard on the Ultimate. It is now a $1400 option with “Limited, Late, or No availability” for the Ultimate.
September 22, 2022 at 10:40 am #725824
The ultimate (2022 & 2023) DO have the Vader Chrome – I was thinking it was the ONLY vehicle with it. But I didn’t look at the Yukon.
Interesting about the Carbon Pro bed. I was able to add it to the Denali I built yesterday. I’m sure it’s STRONG, but was thinking that a “dent” in a steel bed might be more tolerable than a “crack” in a Carbon Fiber one. Not that I plan to be that rough with it though.
A Denali showed up locally today so I plan to get an eyes-on view of one. I should stop by parts and see if the Vader grille IS something they can order and how much it is. Then find out IF (silly I know) I have to prove ownership of a proper/valid truck to order it 🙂
September 23, 2022 at 10:59 am #726034
It won’t be cheap if they can get it. I broke the grille on my wife’s Acadia Denali and it was over $600 from GM parts.
September 23, 2022 at 11:56 am #726070
I’d gladly pay that. I’m currently considering ordering an Ultimate, donating the ugly wheels to charity, and having these sent to the dealer along with installation.
September 23, 2022 at 7:18 pm #726140
Correction, I’d confused two different wheels. I think the one above is what I had originally planned for a Silverado. The 2022 Denali Ultimate comes with these. Found that out when I looked at the photo of a 2022 wheel I’d taken of a truck that had just been prepped for customer pickup. The Ultimate’s don’t last long on the lot – if they even make it that far so I took a few photos – glad I did now.
September 23, 2022 at 7:24 pm #726141
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