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Old 10-24-2015, 03:28 PM
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Steel v Aluminum Wheels

I'm thinking of replacing my stock 17" aluminum wheels with 17" steel wheels that can handle larger tires. Pros and cons to steel wheels?

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Wheel runout on steel wheels contribute to steering shimmy.

Steering shimmy at highway speeds translates to steering wobble with worn steering components.

Steel wheels are ugly-looking, develop surface rust when scratched, heavy, increase unsprung weight. I'd stay away from them.

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Stay away from cheap wheels... Alloy or steel.
Stick with brand names.... Steel or alloy.

Alloy looks expensive.
Brand name steel is not expensive.

Do not believe the haters.
Buy what works for you but buy quality.
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Aluminum drawbacks...

I held a TrailGear beadlock wheel, and it was very heavy - as heavy as a steel wheel.

I read a Walker Evans beadlock test where the wheels had measurable radial runout. Aluminum wheels aren't perfect, and they can be pricey, just like Billiebob says.
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I was looking at US Wheel 17x9 Black Crawler 42.

US Wheel Online — Crawler - Black (Series 042)
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Looks a lot like the ProComp 98 which I have 3 sets of and can vouch for...
no idea about US Wheel quality.
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I was looking at US Wheel 17x9 Black Crawler 42.

US Wheel Online — Crawler - Black (Series 042)
The 17x8s weigh 2# less per wheel. 38# vs. 40# per wheel.

Here's a comparison of the wheels I currently run.

Black Rock Type D Series 909B : Black Rock

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