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Old 07-23-2019, 08:23 PM
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Stronger wheels

Looking for new wheels. From my track background light and strong are good, so I was looking for forged or spun-cast wheels for my rig. I struck out looking for over an hour--does anyone have any leads?

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I haven't seen much discussion about exotic alloys or manufacturing processes for wheels in my time on the forum. And in the Jeep, especially with 35+ inch tires, the vast majority of your rotational inertia is in the 70+ pounds of rubber and belts sitting much further out in radius than any of the mass of a 17 inch wheel. Stark contrast to a sportscar with 20+ inch wheels and rubber bands for tires. So the benefit of a lighter wheel on the Jeep will be waaay less than on the sports car.

And I'd also look out for anything that would add strength at the expense of brittleness, sports car wheels don't have to bang off rocks from all angles like Jeep wheels do.

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DesertRubi--thanks. I get the differences, however I was talking to my buddy who owns both an auto repair shop and a performance/race car shop who is getting into off road/Jeep work suggests that the "cheap" wheels from large national retailers are pretty crappy. While you certainly don't want brittle, some enhanced resistance to deformation would be a nice thing. But certainly our sidewalls protect us from lots of potential issues.
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Weld racing makes a whole line of forged truck and off road wheels. If I had $4500 dollars to spare there would be a set of XT B58's on my rig.
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Another road racer here... I had a momentum car (CRX-Si), so lightness was everything. But for Jeeps, it's not. If you're only on the street, then carry on. I know Tire Rack lists wheel weights. You'll certainly want tire weights as well. Of course, the smaller the tires and wheels, the better for lightness, all else being equal. But on the trails, not so much. Having bigger, huge lug tires with E ratings gets you through things and prevents those things from coming into the tires and seeing the inside of them. Steel wheels allow you to take a wheel that's done battle with a rock and pound it back so it can battle again. Neither of these will be at all light. Sorry.
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Another road racer here... I had a momentum car (CRX-Si), so lightness was everything. But for Jeeps, it's not. If you're only on the street, then carry on. I know Tire Rack lists wheel weights. You'll certainly want tire weights as well. Of course, the smaller the tires and wheels, the better for lightness, all else being equal. But on the trails, not so much. Having bigger, huge lug tires with E ratings gets you through things and prevents those things from coming into the tires and seeing the inside of them. Steel wheels allow you to take a wheel that's done battle with a rock and pound it back so it can battle again. Neither of these will be at all light. Sorry.
Oh I get this is. But the rule of thumb I've heard is that if you can reduce wheel mass by 5%, or total rotating mass by 10% you'll feel it. I'll still have E range heavy tires, but if I can buy a 25 pound wheel instead of 35 pound wheel, so much the better. Especially if the lighter wheel uses a stronger construction technique. And yes, steel would be better, but I don't think I'll be wheeling that hard (although I also get that stuff happens).

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