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Old 02-09-2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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Alu vs steel wheels

Have always thought never to go with aluminum wheels due to the possibility of cracking what is your opinion??

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Old 02-09-2014, 01:00 PM   #2
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I run my aluminum wheels hard and never an issue. I would worry more about cheap steel wheels

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Old 02-09-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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It would take a lot more force to crack an aluminum wheel than it would to bend a steel wheel beyond repair
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:35 PM   #4
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It would take a lot more force to crack an aluminum wheel than it would to bend a steel wheel beyond repair
Yup.I have the ruggid ridge steeles.Ive bent 2 of them.No matter what I did i couldent get them balanced,which gave me a horrible vibration.I do some hard wheeling with a friend who has alum wheels & hes never bent or cracked one.Alum for me next time.
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Not to mention that steel wheels are a lot heavier than aluminum wheels. Less wear and tear, better braking and better suspension response with aluminum.
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I had more wheel troubles during my 3 year experiment with steel wheels than I have had in total during the 15 years I've been running aluminum wheels on Jeeps. I did have one cracked cast aluminum wheel after my rig slid off a rock & the wheel slammed into a pointed rock but that's it. With my steel wheels, I lost track of the number of times they were dented or bent so badly while rock crawling they couldn't hold air.

I never thought to take photos of the various dents & bends my now long-gone steel wheels experienced but a friend did after a day on the rocks in Johnson Valley Calif., a collection of big rocks & notoriously tough trails that meander around various desert canyons.
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^ Wow, that held air?
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:50 PM   #8
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ouch! he dose know he should be driving around or over them not threw them right?
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:57 PM   #9
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ugh what psi was he running? 5? haha it looks like he straight up ran the rim on concrete
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Johnson Valley is a tough enough area that 4-6 psi is common. I was running 4 psi on a rock crawling trail 4 weeks ago.
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wow i said 5 sarcastically, but that would be why his rim was destroyed, at 5 psi it isn't going to take much let something hit your rim... but i guess if thats the only way to get over an obstacle that's what you have to do
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I have OEM aluminum wheels - came on my '97. Only problem has been corrosion. First place was back of wheels where they contact the drums/rotors. At first tire rotation I noticed the pitting (I think after running on the beach a few times) I started priming and painting the contact surface of each wheel. That stopped that problem before it ruined the wheels. The past several years corrosion started showing up on the polished aluminum areas (street side) in several places. Turns out the polished aluminum is coated with a fairly thick plastic-like clear coat. Wherever that coating had chipped or peeled off was where the corrosion was happening.

I took care of that problem last summer by wire-brushing the entire aluminum wheel then priming all the aluminum. I didn't try to wire brush all the clear coat off as that would have taken hours. After wire brushing I used acetone or lacquer thinner (don't remember which) and scrubbed off everything that would come. I think most of the clear coat came off. I used a quality primer that listed use on aluminum on the can. I finished all the wheels with a couple of coats of black bed liner. Looks good, has held up very well and no more corrosion. Another plus - a LOT easier to clean.
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I have OEM aluminum wheels - came on my '97. Only problem has been corrosion. First place was back of wheels where they contact the drums/rotors. At first tire rotation I noticed the pitting (I think after running on the beach a few times) I started priming and painting the contact surface of each wheel. That stopped that problem before it ruined the wheels. The past several years corrosion started showing up on the polished aluminum areas (street side) in several places. Turns out the polished aluminum is coated with a fairly thick plastic-like clear coat. Wherever that coating had chipped or peeled off was where the corrosion was happening.

I took care of that problem last summer by wire-brushing the entire aluminum wheel then priming all the aluminum. I didn't try to wire brush all the clear coat off as that would have taken hours. After wire brushing I used acetone or lacquer thinner (don't remember which) and scrubbed off everything that would come. I think most of the clear coat came off. I used a quality primer that listed use on aluminum on the can. I finished all the wheels with a couple of coats of black bed liner. Looks good, has held up very well and no more corrosion. Another plus - a LOT easier to clean.
Are you sure those wheels are aluminum then? Because aluminum should not corrode.

But I think you should run aluminum wheels. Go with 15" wheels, because tires are cheaper and you have more rubber protecting the wheels.
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actually thanks to the larger wheels coming out go with 16-17inch tires they are actually cheaper in most cases then a 15"
scary but i have been watching tire prices go up over the last couple of years since the manufactures have been putting larger wheels on new cars
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actually thanks to the larger wheels coming out go with 16-17inch tires they are actually cheaper in most cases then a 15"
scary but i have been watching tire prices go up over the last couple of years since the manufactures have been putting larger wheels on new cars
Really? Didn't know that, although that makes more sense because if you have a larger wheel, that means there is less rubber to use for a given tire size, so the cost should be less.

Anyway, Michelins I know are cheaper for smaller wheels because I was just shopping for some not too long ago.
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Really? Didn't know that, although that makes more sense because if you have a larger wheel, that means there is less rubber to use for a given tire size, so the cost should be less.

Anyway, Michelins I know are cheaper for smaller wheels because I was just shopping for some not too long ago.
In the past tires with a larger rim size were more expensive because they didnt make many of them (a rare product=a high price) but now with alot of cars and trucks coming stock with 18"+ rims they are becoming the standard and tires with a small rim size are becoming the oddball. Supply and demand is a slow but sure process!
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kinda why I'm looking for at least a 17" take off for mine

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