ATX Thug on a GMC Yukon XL Denali

2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali
Originally uploaded by istargazer.
I was able to wash our 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali yesterday and take some new pictures of the 17" ATX Thug winter rims I installed last week.

Now I can explain why it ended up taking me two days to complete the install. Everything was going fine that afternoon and I was on schedule. I had all the wheels installed, nuts properly torqued, and TPMS sensors successfully reprogrammed. In fact, I had already inflated two of the Firestone WinterForce tires to the proper PSI when I noticed the directional arrows on the sidewalls were pointing the wrong way. I discovered that had installed all four tires on the wrong side of the vehicle. So I had to remove and swap them around--that was eight tire changes!

But that wasn't the end of it. I had to reprogram the TPMS sensors again. The procedure to get the car to relearn the sensor position is to let air out of the tire. When I let air out of the first tire, I was a bit hurried and I somehow jammed the valve pin so that it would not seal air anymore. Air kept escaping at a very rapid pace and not matter what I did, it wouldn't stop. I finally decided to hook up the air compressor to it to keep it pumped up and prevent it from going completely flat while I finished the process of relearning the rest of the TPMS sensors.

Once that was done, I jacked up the Denali again, removed the damaged tire, and installed the spare: Tire swap number nine! It was too late in the afternoon on Sunday to go to a tire shop so we had to go out and complete our grocery shopping on the spare. The next day when I went into the tire shop I was fully prepared to swallow the cost of another TPMS sensor to replace the one that I had broken. Luckily for me, after a little bit of investigation by the guy at Volco Tire, the sensor was not damaged--the valve pin was simply loose. Once tightened it held air normally and was happily on my way home without a cent leaving my pocket. I did have to swap the tire one more time though, but I was in a much better mood for tire swap number 10!


  1. Looks good!

    In one day you changed your tires 5x more than I have in my life. :o)

  2. It is still very good lookin and looks like brand new. These models are really good in quality.


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