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Old 01-14-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Rust issues with steel wheels?

I remember seeing rusted up steel wheels back in the day and was always wary about buying them. On that note, how are the modern Cragar and Black Rock steel wheels as far as rusting up on you? Specifically the black painted jobs.

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Old 01-14-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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I can't speak from experience, but I think they still are notorious for rusting up when scraped across rocks and such and not touched up...

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scraped paint is understandable, i'm more worried about random bubbling and peeling.
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It's always a possibility with steel wheels.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #5
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i'm wondering if maybe a set of black rocks with some line-x applied would prevent rusting......
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It might help inhibit rust. Won't prevent it.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:14 PM   #7
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ugh, not sure whether to just get a set and chance it or save for a set of alloys. rusty wheels just don't do it for me.
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Alloy

You can find a lot of good Aluminum wheels for ~$100/each. I paid $89/ea for my Eagles at a Desert Rat store in Mesa, Az.
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Wax what ever you get, and the finish on them will be somewhat protected. Neglect will cause any wheel to deteriorate....
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:36 AM   #10
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Buy the wheels you like and then have them powder coated. My company usually charges $85/ per wheel. So that should give you an idea for someone in your area. I noticed your name on here, I own a motorcycle company called Sinister Custom Cycles.
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Wax what ever you get, and the finish on them will be somewhat protected. Neglect will cause any wheel to deteriorate....
i hear that. my buddy put a nice set of aluminum mickey thompson's on his 04 rubicon. drove all winter in the snow and salt on them. come spring, they were stained badly, to the point of not being able to polish it all off.
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i hear that. my buddy put a nice set of aluminum mickey thompson's on his 04 rubicon. drove all winter in the snow and salt on them. come spring, they were stained badly, to the point of not being able to polish it all off.
It should come off..... Not easily, but if he really wants to, he should be able to clean them up.... Aluminum wheels are a pain in the a......butt to keep nice, imo... But when they're shined up, they are a sight to behold... Ibuildembig has posted a few times about some Busch's polish and sealer that works very well, I believe.

Good luck what ever you choose... Idk if I'd spend $85 per wheel to PC steelies that cost $70 ea... Seems cheaper to just replace them... PC gets scratched offroad too..... Rocks and trees are pretty unforgiving when it comes to wheel finishes...
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i've run a few sets of bare aluminum wheels before (weld draglites on my old mustangs), so i know what you're talking about. no matter how clean they look, the polish rag always comes back black, lol.
x2 on the PC. i can't in good conscience pay more for the PC than the wheel, lol.

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