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Old 09-28-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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I've seen some people that have steel wheels and also people with aluminum. The aluminums are lighter(I think). Steel wheels are cheaper. I'm just curious if there is much of a difference between the two. What are the pro's and con's of both?

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Aluminum is stronger, won't bend, can break or crack, more expensive and lighter, polished aluminum requires regular maintenance to look good.
Steel bends, is heavier and cheaper, and easy to maintain, tho' it rusts if exposed to air, i.e. scratches that aren't touched up.

Depends on what you want to do with them. If you are a serious rock crawler, go with aluminum for sure (Jerry Bransford says so.. ) Other wise, go with what you like and can afford.


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^^^ Are the stock 255/75/17 alloy rims that come on the S-package sport models true alloy or polished? Is there a way to know for sure?
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #4
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Cheap steel wheels suck. Notice I said "cheap" and not just inexpensive. They bend easily and do not balance well. I have wheeled with guys with both aluminum wheels and steel wheels. I would say 20 to 1 more problems with steel wheels on the trail, and 50 to 1 more problems with steel wheels on the road.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:07 PM   #5
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^^^^^^^My thought exactly^^^^^^
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:36 PM   #6
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I am running steelies with no problem at all, that said I'm getting aluminums when funds are available...better off road characteristics and on road manners. And as far as rusting goes...aluminum corrodes the same way steel does. When aluminum is exposed to air it will create aluminum oxide which is the aluminum form of "rust" (iron oxide). While you can beat a steel wheel back into shape with a sledge hammer you are less likely to bend aluminum in the first place.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:36 PM   #7
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Some day I'll have a set of aluminum wheels. I like the looks if my Steel wheels but that's about it.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:40 PM   #8
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You can get black aluminum wheels too. So the looks theory is out.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:46 PM   #9
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^^^ Are the stock 255/75/17 alloy rims that come on the S-package sport models true alloy...
Not only are factory aluminum wheels made from a true aluminum alloy, they are made from forged aluminum that is incredibly strong while remaining light weight. Inexpensive aluminum wheels like I used to run are cast aluminum, not forged. Forged aluminum wheels are much more expensive due to the forging process.

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