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Old 07-12-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Winter Wheel Help

Hello,

I own a 2007 Jeep Wrangler X and I recently upgraded my my stock 225/75/16 tires to Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs in a 285/70/17. In order to do this I installed a Teraflex levelling kit and purchased new Silver Rugged Ridge 17 inch wheels with 4.75 inch back spacing. My dilemma now is that I do not want to ruin my silver rugged ridge wheels by driving them in the winter as winters in Canada are quite harsh. I would however like to drive my Duratracs year round. The way I see it I have two options.

1.) Purchase a used take-off set of 17 inch stock wheels and purchase Spidertrax spacers to prevent the tires from rubbing.

2.) Purchase an aftermarket winter set of wheels with proper backspacing.

My questions are as follows:

1.) Is it harsh on the tires to remount new wheels twice a year.
2.) Should I look into steel wheels for the winter or alloy?
3.) Does anyone know what the cheapest option for me would me?
4.) Does anyone have any suggestions for a cheap winter wheels with proper backspacing?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

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It's not that harsh to mount and remount but its never free. By the time you do it you will easily spend over $100 a year.

Alloy vs steel is a hard debate. Steel rusts but alloy corrodes. Steel is stronger but heavier. Steel can be pounded into place if you slide sideways into a curb.

I think your cheapest bet would be to buy winter tires and mount them on your old steelies. A dedicated winter tire is hands down better than a duratrac in the snow and you may break even with just the cost of removing and remounting the duratracs, yet it'll be easier and you can change from duratracs to snow tires In your driveway just by changing out rims
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