I really don't like spokes and would prefer a cast wheel.
Your "nasty wire wheels" probably don't even compare to my battle hardened Excel rims on my KTM 250 XC. The most damage has been with tire tools fixing the many flats I have had after running over locust thorns. Dirt? Check. Mung? Check. Simple Green clean it all off? Check. I called Woody's Wheel Works in Denver about durable rims for the Scrambler. They have already had loads of questions about this. Get a model with spokes. Take the rim and spokes off and send the hubs to Woody's. They will put competition grade Excel rims on with HD spokes and nipples that are TUBELESS RIMS from Excel and return them to you. About $1,200 USD. AND they will put on usable rims that will accept many tire choices (their suggestions were 17" X 3.50 rear and 19" X 2.50 front for best balance, feel and universal use). Now your problem will be protecting the exhaust pipe with either the stock low position or the "high" position (header still runs under the engine -- what a joke).
I like the look of the cast wheels for the Scrambler, but personally, I'd rather have wire wheels. Let's see, lemme count the times I've fixed flats on spoked wheels with tubes.....too many, that's for sure. But it's still what I want.Wire wheels may look cool and no doubt are better suited for fire roads etc. However, have you ever fixed a flat with wire tube tires? It's a royal PIA especially on a rear tire with no center stand.
I agree mods would have to be made. First ride over a log and your gonna crush the exhaust! So a redirection? Or bigger skid plate? Well...both!!!I'm not too confident that the Scrambler would as a whole stand up to rough riding without some major mods. I can understand the spoke wheels for that use since you'll never see a dirt only model with mag wheels but the rest of the design doesn't appear to be able to do that and while I am sure most fire roads and back roads are fine anything too rough might be met with some issues without modification.