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COJeeper 12-30-2007 02:14 PM

Stock Aluminum Rims
 
First I traded in my 02 TJ for a 08 JK----don't know that I am happy with this Wrangler. Miss the TJ. :(

Here's my question--can stock aluminum rims be powdercoated black? or would it be better to get a black steel rim since Alloys are WAY out of my price range? Thanks for the help.

4.0l sahara 12-30-2007 06:00 PM

I don't se why you couldn't as long as you clean and prep them right.

Superbuick96 12-30-2007 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by COJeeper (Post 176676)
First I traded in my 02 TJ for a 08 JK----don't know that I am happy with this Wrangler. Miss the TJ. :(

Here's my question--can stock aluminum rims be powdercoated black? or would it be better to get a black steel rim since Alloys are WAY out of my price range? Thanks for the help.

I looked into having my aluminum wheels powdercoated black ealier this year. I thought that it would be cheaper to just paint my stock aluminums. After talking to the right people I found it to be cheaper just to buy aftermarket new black steel wheels. That way you could sell off your stock wheels. Perhaps it would be an better option to paint your alums yourself if you have the tools and can do it right. But if your paying to have it done I dont think its worth it imo...The striping of the protective coating of the alums alone makes it not worth bothering. YOu can pick up nice looking black steels for less then 400.00

COJeeper 12-30-2007 08:48 PM

Are Steel wheels a better option than Aluminum for daily driver?

sgnellett 12-30-2007 11:51 PM

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Originally Posted by COJeeper (Post 176775)
Are Steel wheels a better option than Aluminum for daily driver?

If you have curbs where you live, then the answer is yes! If you hit a curb, alum wheels break, steel bends! Big enough hammer, you can fix the bend, but a broken alum wheel is just a few pounds of scrap! I've had it happen to me on both kinds of wheels, more times than I care to recall, never fixed an alum wheel, fixed quite a few steelies!

foxinthemudd 12-31-2007 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by COJeeper (Post 176775)
Are Steel wheels a better option than Aluminum for daily driver?

depends on what your doing with your rig... there are pros and cons to both sets. for instance what SIG said aluminum breaks where steel bends but on the flipside aluminum is lighter than steel hense better MPG. I personally love my soft 8's and don't know if I would go back to my aluminums just yet.

COJeeper 12-31-2007 02:32 PM

Do the steel wheels significantly reduce the MPG?

toycop 01-02-2008 10:24 PM

I've damaged a number of aluminum wheels here in Michigan and haven't had any problem getting them repaired. Repair cost is usually around $80 for straightening and refinishing.


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