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Old 07-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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benifits/disadvantages of switching from steel to aluminum wheels

Ok so I currently have steel d window wheels with the simulated beadlock on them, I found a guy selling some m/t aluminum wheels local to me and was thinking about getting them just wanted to know some of the advantages/disadvantages before I decide if its worth it, ik the aluminum ones weigh less but other than that I haven't a clue if its worth it or not, thanks for any replies

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Old 07-26-2013, 03:00 PM   #2
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weight savings alone makes it worth it. My alloys with BF Goodrich TA/KO's (33x12.50x15) weigh about the same as the factory steel wheel and 235x75x15 TA/KO's that I upgraded from.

lighter weight means less resistance to the skinny pedal.

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Old 07-26-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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rust is another thing, Aluminum won't waste away up where I am. A downside though, I hear steel rims are repairable if you bend or mess them up somehow. If you mess up an aluminum rim (which would be less strong than a steel rim) you just throw it away and buy a whole new one. That's just what I've heard.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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Lighter

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In many situations, more durable.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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I just switched from steel alum (same size rim) and put same tires on and they hum down the road like im runnin a set of swampers.

i haven't checked tire pressure yet, but i doubt its that off since a shop mounted and balanced them. weird.

anyway yea op i would def do it for weight alone.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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only disadvantage i think is worth mentioning is that aluminum breaks while steel bends.

I run alloys and love them. Tons lighter, better finish, still really durable, more styles to choose from, etc.
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only disadvantage i think is worth mentioning is that aluminum breaks while steel bends.
And in just about all cases, steel wheels will bend well before aluminum breaks. The question is, will you ever reach that point? Not likely. Go to a U4 event/KOH/etc and see how many competitors are using steel wheels.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #8
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Look up some of Jerry Bransford's posts on this very Subject. He has a lot to say on the benefits of aluminum wheels, with a lot of photos and personal experiences to illustrate his points. Essentially steel (especially with lower pressures) will go south in a hurry in rocks. Aluminum is better in almost every way.
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Make sure they are the correct bolt pattern and back spacing or you'll be buying spacers etc to get them to work.
Advantages have been discussed already...
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Well when my tires are shot Im gladly getting alum.Ive bent 2 of my d hole steelies wheeling.
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Thanks everyone sounds like more good than bad, and they were on a cheerokee so same pattern, and he isn't sure about the backspacing ill check it when I go to look at/get them.
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MT's 15" aluminum wheels with a Cherokee/Wrangler bolt pattern typically have something like 3.3" of backspacing or close to that. And 3.3" of backspacing isn't much, that little amount makes the wheels protrude out further than is necessary.
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When you take a aluminum tired rim off your rig, you will need to re-torq the wheels after a 100Km (thats what my mechanic had mentioned). I think re-torq'in regardless of the type of rim is important in any way...
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Just looked them up and on desert rats website it says 3.625 as the backspacing, my current wheels have 4 inches of backspacing, so am I correct in thinking that it will push my wheels out .375 inches?
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One advantage I can think of as someone who just bough 5 wheels:
Steel has better backspacing options cover the > 4" sizes

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