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Old 07-21-2015, 01:37 PM
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Steel vs Aluminum

I have the black steel "D" window wheels on my TJ. 15x8 size. I was considering changing over to a black w/polished outer ring type wheel in aluminum, on a white jeep. Any significant weight savings? I don't rock crawl, just trail driving, so I don't bash my wheels. Pros-Cons?

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Old 07-21-2015, 02:21 PM   #2
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there are savings in unsprung weight, but a substantial source of weight is the tire itself.

Aside from that aspect (being able to hammer out a bad dent on a steel wheel) there isn't much impact. Aluminum will oxidize & pit, but not rust - if that's a concern.

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Old 07-21-2015, 03:23 PM
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I'm running 33" Duratracs, so it's gonna be heavy either way. I was just looking at the ATX Slot wheels in black. I think these might look good on my white jeep, and they're not too pricey. ??
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:02 PM   #4
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DuraTracs are light. Aluminum wheels for sure.
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Old 07-22-2015, 02:38 AM
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Yeah, after trying to pick up my mounted spare to put on the rear carrier, I'm thinking lighter could be better. Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:00 PM   #6
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I had steel wheels and now have a set of used aluminum wheels. They have lived a hard life off road but I got them free. They cleaned up nicely but as said above they have pitted. I am using them off road anyway and actually like they way they look.
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:44 PM   #7
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I'm on the fence on this topic right now. Some many choices is the problem. Less weight is good for an already heavy Jeep.

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