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Old 07-10-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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steel or aluminum

im getting new rims. steel or aluminum? my dad cracked an aluminum in his big ford but it wieghs alot more then my lj. what are the pros and cons of each?

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Old 07-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #2
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I heard that aluminum wheels are superior. Steel wheels arent good for trails because they bend and dent and rust too easily.

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Most steel rims are soft and can bend easily, but will rarely crack. Steel also can be hard to balance. Aluminum is not as strong as steel unless the thickness is increased. Aluminum will crack before it bends in most cases. Aluminum is also a bit easier to balance and the balance stays true longer. Each bend with the steel wheels may or may not require the tires to be rebalanced. Steel of course rusts, but aluminum will oxidize once the clear coat is scratched. Most people go for aluminum rims and that is what I prefer too, but they usually are more expensive than the steel rims. Oh yea and the weight difference will be minimal for the most part between the two.
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Steel.

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The way I look at it is from the off roading stand point


I would rather my rim bend then crack, steel can be bent back, if I manage to kill a steel rim it is much cheaper to replace, hell if it gets to the point that they are way too rusty (though Ive run steel rims for years and never had a real issue with rust) I can buy a 2nd set and prob still be less than one set of aluminum. As for balancing I run balancing beads so I dont deal with adding weights.

Oh and I dont like shiny rims so why waste $ on aluminum.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:16 PM   #6
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The only drawback for aluminum is if you crack it on the trail (and honestly, this rarely happens unless you're extremely abusive), there's no easy trail fix.
A steelie can be beat back into shape on the trail without even removing the tire.
Aluminum will stay looking nicer longer, even if you scratch it up.
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This thread is very applicable to your question.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/31-s...els-54625.html
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Steel! I got rid of the aluminums.

Rumor has it that Gremlins come in the middle of the night and cause larger tires to become imbalanced. And that they have to be rebalanced all the time.

One big trouble with aluminum is the bead where the tire mounts is slick. Under a good load the tire slips on the rim, causing it to be imbalanced - even worse than if it had no weights at all - the weights end up in the wrong place.

I roughen up the steel bead surface with a grinder, then coat it with Muriatic acid for a few days to make it rust a little. The rough rust helps hold the tire from slipping. Then when mounting, I use bead sealer on the bead area - it's like black contact cement. Doing that really helps with the slippage - but it can still slip under pressure.

Try testing yours - put a mark on the tire sidewall next to the valve stem, then take it wheeling. Notice the mark shows how much it slipped. Even a hard emergency stop in the street can make them slip.
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Aluminum.

Nuf said.

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