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Old 06-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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I am looking to replace my stock 16s with steel 16s or 17s. I wanted to go black. Do any of you have any pics you could share and let me know where you got them.

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you could line x your rims, and save a ton of money

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Stick with 16s or even 15s to keep your cost of tire down. For example, for what it would cost me to get five new 33" Goodyear DuraTracs for my stock 17" wheels, I could buy five new MB72 15" wheels AND new 33" DuraTracs to fit them. Crazy.

Why steel, btw? Alloys are lighter though a touch more expensive.

Discount Tire, a WranglerForum sponsor, would be a good contact for you on this issue. I'd PM whoever the rep is for Discount Tire and chat with him about what you're looking for. And take a good look at those MB72s!

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you could line x your rims, and save a ton of money
And yes, ponder this too.
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Stick with 16s or even 15s to keep your cost of tire down. For example, for what it would cost me to get five new 33" Goodyear DuraTracs for my stock 17" wheels, I could buy five new MB72 15" wheels AND new 33" DuraTracs to fit them. Crazy.

Why steel, btw? Alloys are lighter though a touch more expensive.

Discount Tire, a WranglerForum sponsor, would be a good contact for you on this issue. I'd PM whoever the rep is for Discount Tire and chat with him about what you're looking for. And take a good look at those MB72s!

x2, go with alloy or alluminum, much lighter and much stronger
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x2, go with alloy or alluminum, much lighter and much stronger
And the weight issue is more important than many realize. It's "unsprung weight," so even a few more pounds per wheel can feel like a lot in terms of how much it makes your Jeep feel "weighed down."
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:36 PM   #7
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Here are some 15" steel Cragar Soft 8's. You can get them EVERYWHERE.

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Huh? I'm going to go against the grain here. Regarding strength of aluminum wheels all I can say is after $1500.00 of wheel replacement in the first year of ownership due to New England potholes on my wife's PT Cruiser, I got her a cheap set of steel wheels for winter driving. Haven't had to replace a wheel since and that is 7 years since. She did ding the steel but had it pounded out...still serviceable wheel but the tire didn't make it on that one.

Call me cheap or just looking for function rather than form, when it comes time for new sneakers on the JKU Rubicon. I'm planning on doing the same thing I did for my winter studded snows. I'm going to find me another set of 16" steel pulloffs for cheap and go with the same diameter tire as the stock, probably same tread because that has served me well. I really don't care what they look like I'm looking for durability. I just ordered an on board air system and when I air down the wheels are vulnerable. Should one take a hit, after banging it back out, should be good to go. Can't say the same about aluminum. So, in my opinion, there are trade-offs. Good ole steel, you can beat em.....literally.
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Both have their advantages. I think it really depends on how you plan to use them. We've had many alloy wheels on many vehicles. Some were chunked out due to a friend driving over a parking block, fortunately they still held air. Not so many steel wheels. Currently I run steel, he runs alloy. His gets wheeled more than mine, we both dodge obstacles to the best of our abilities.... Steel is heavy and cheap, looks good if its painted, and for a DD/WW, if the weight isn't an issue, I think they're fine. Alloy is easier on the wheel parts due to the lighter weight, stronger, but more costly. If you wheel rocks a lot, then I'd probably get alloys.

We've only been wheeling a couple of years now, but never have we been with anyone who has had a problem with a wheel, (alloy or steel) on the trails. However, we don't wheel the kind of places Jerry does (thank you Jesus!)
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Pro Comp 16's, Quadratec, 4WD (among many other places)
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I'm not sure what you mean by stronger. I'll take the flat side of a sixteen pound sledge hammer to the edge of an aluminum wheel and the same blow to a steel wheel. The aluminum will buckle under the pressure, the steel will dent. Throw the aluminum away, bang out the steel, good to go. Keep aluminum strength I'll take steel durability.

I see posts about occasional dings taken to aluminum wheels on forums. Don't hear much about steel.
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My next set will probably be the 15" MD72. To bet to 33" with the MT/R in 17" is $100 a tire more which would pay for the wheels
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just got some mb72 16's on 32 duratracs. I was also contemplating the crager soft 8's but for right around the same price it seemed like a no brainer to me. Ive heard not so good things about steel wheels. Got these from discount tire. Great price and fast shipping.
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just got some mb72 16's on 32 duratracs. I was also contemplating the crager soft 8's but for right around the same price it seemed like a no brainer to me. Ive heard not so good things about steel wheels.
Anything in particular? Maybe other than rusting.
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I was told the steel wheels are heavier, and sometimes may be harder to balance. Ive also had issues with death wobble so I really was hesitant about taking a chance on some thing that might cause a problem, even though I was probly just over thinking my wheel purchase. I do know that there are positives and negatives for both steel and aluminum, not to put down steel because im sure they can be a great choice
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I've had tires on steel that wouldn't balance but never a steel wheel out of balance limits. The wife's car is the first one I've owned with aluminum. The jeep is the second. Never had a problem with steel. Just the wicked expense for the aluminum that tangled with a good hit on potholes. If I had my choice on the Rubicon I would have ordered it with steel.
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WOW thanks for all the info. This is my JEEP but seeing that we only have one vehicle (he get a box truck for work) I kind of have to go 50/50 with what we do to it. Well its more like 80/20. Hubby wants steel wheels I get to hunt them down and get what I want. I will be sharing all this info with him though.

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