Its just a matter of preference really. I wanted a trick looking aluminum wheel, so thats what I got... and I paid about $100 each. But if I knew I was going to be bashing on the rocks all the time, I would have gotten steel wheels, because of the cheap prices. But since my rig is a 75% daily driver, I went for it and got the aluminum ones.
Cmoore on another forum said it best when comparing cheesy looking steel wheels to Alloys.
There are only 3 pro's to running black steelies.
1. Less likely to be stolen (only if they want your tires)
2. Having to beat your rim back into shape with a hammer so it will hold air really amuses your friends (ask me how I know this)
3. non-jeepers think you're hardcore when you park at the mall
Just say no to the cheap @ss steely fad.
Most people buy them for that "hardcore" look, when all it really says is "I couldn't afford real wheels for my Jeep"
They bend easy, they look and balance like crap. Especially with an interco tire around them. Which are a great tire, just not the best balancing things.
Well, being in the tire and wheel buisness, I like the alloys for several reasons. Main one is a steel wheel isn't strait when I take it out of the box. They are flat pieces of steel, wrapped around a barrel mold, and welded. Then get a plate welded in the center, somewhat strait. Alloys are cast one piece, then machined on a lathe. Alloys always balance better, run truer, look better, and shine like a new dime when polished. Steel wheels just look cheap the day you put em on. Just my humble opinion.
and from what ive heard alloy is the way to go if your not clawing over rocks. no only because of all the different reasons above (welded, not one cast piece, bend easy, all that stuff), but also because they are HEAVY. i mean they are a lot heavier than alloy wheels and in turn, take more braking/stopping power just becuase there's more weight being spun around then on an alloy. so in my opinion, if your not rock crawling, go with the alloys.
Yeah...for a newlie wed guy workin in the early stages of a career in aviation... I HAVE to go with steelies. They are my only hope of afforing something better than stock and still have enough money left to buy some tires.
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lol shows me i shoulda searched more instead of wasting the space!
speaking of black..i was thinking of Cragar Soft 8's
b ut then I found these...
Pro Comp Series 8179 Black Powder Coat with Diamond Cut Lip Wheel 15" x 8"
those are the exact wheels i just got... i got them for cheaper than that through a seller on ebay called sports trailerz i think... i cant remember, ill look for the info. anyway, i got those wheels in 15x8's, 5 of them for 475 shipped... thats damn good if you ask me for some alloy wheels, but then i paid an extra like 35 or 40 for the lug nuts, but i like them. like them a lot
I like the black steelies! I have alloys, cuz I got a smokin' deal. If I could afford it, though, I would buy the black, Teflon coated ones - SWEET! Alloys are better IMHO, but I love the understated look. (white letters in!)