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Old 12-30-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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Stock Aluminum Rims

First I traded in my 02 TJ for a 08 JK----don't know that I am happy with this Wrangler. Miss the TJ.

Here's my question--can stock aluminum rims be powdercoated black? or would it be better to get a black steel rim since Alloys are WAY out of my price range? Thanks for the help.

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Old 12-30-2007, 05:00 PM   #2
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I don't se why you couldn't as long as you clean and prep them right.

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Old 12-30-2007, 07:22 PM   #3
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First I traded in my 02 TJ for a 08 JK----don't know that I am happy with this Wrangler. Miss the TJ.

Here's my question--can stock aluminum rims be powdercoated black? or would it be better to get a black steel rim since Alloys are WAY out of my price range? Thanks for the help.
I looked into having my aluminum wheels powdercoated black ealier this year. I thought that it would be cheaper to just paint my stock aluminums. After talking to the right people I found it to be cheaper just to buy aftermarket new black steel wheels. That way you could sell off your stock wheels. Perhaps it would be an better option to paint your alums yourself if you have the tools and can do it right. But if your paying to have it done I dont think its worth it imo...The striping of the protective coating of the alums alone makes it not worth bothering. YOu can pick up nice looking black steels for less then 400.00
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:48 PM   #4
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Are Steel wheels a better option than Aluminum for daily driver?
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:51 PM   #5
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Are Steel wheels a better option than Aluminum for daily driver?
If you have curbs where you live, then the answer is yes! If you hit a curb, alum wheels break, steel bends! Big enough hammer, you can fix the bend, but a broken alum wheel is just a few pounds of scrap! I've had it happen to me on both kinds of wheels, more times than I care to recall, never fixed an alum wheel, fixed quite a few steelies!
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Are Steel wheels a better option than Aluminum for daily driver?
depends on what your doing with your rig... there are pros and cons to both sets. for instance what SIG said aluminum breaks where steel bends but on the flipside aluminum is lighter than steel hense better MPG. I personally love my soft 8's and don't know if I would go back to my aluminums just yet.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:32 PM   #7
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Do the steel wheels significantly reduce the MPG?
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:24 PM   #8
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I've damaged a number of aluminum wheels here in Michigan and haven't had any problem getting them repaired. Repair cost is usually around $80 for straightening and refinishing.

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