I've been running my Gen8 AXE in stock form for quite some time now and it has been great. With that said, my son recently started running a Gen8 V2 and he's been slowly upgrading it so I figured I had better customize my AXE a bit as well.
The first thing I decided to change on my AXE was the wheels. I decided to go with some black Injora 1.9 wheels that I found on Amazon and I think they look pretty good.
Not only do these wheels look good, they also help lower the truck's center of gravity by adding some weight down low. Each Injora wheel weighs 93 grams while the stock Gen8 AXE wheels complete with the beadlock rings and hardware weigh only 51 grams. That extra 42 grams per corner should help with the truck's stability.
One thing I wish I purchased with the wheels is new center caps/hubs. The stock Gen8 center caps don't work with these wheels so I'll likely buy myself some aluminum ones soon
I have a few more upgrades coming soon including new tires, LED lights, some Treal brass bits, and possibly a body swap so be sure to check back again soon
'till next time, stay safe and have fun
PS, here are a link to the Injora store on Amazon where you can buy these wheels, some center caps and even some of their Hirax clone tires. If you use that link, I'll earn a small commission that I can use toward more customizing parts for my truck and it won't cost you anything extra