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Old 10-17-2018, 05:24 AM
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Steel Mopar wheels.. pros/cons

These wheels are pretty cheap, and look good imo.

Any significant downsides?

One caveat - 17" is the biggest I can find. Would prefer a 20".

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These wheels are pretty cheap, and look good imo.

Any significant downsides?

One caveat - 17" is the biggest I can find. Would prefer a 20".
They are round and will hold a tire.
Possible downsides would include how heavy they are and how they look, along with the fact that being steel they can and likely will rust.
20" tires are not real popular with Jeeps, most tend to go with 17" tires because they offer more sidewall and are lighter than larger wheels. For most you need fairly larger tires, like 35" or larger, before 20" rims start looking OK.

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downside is offset and width.
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The steel wheels in the 5 on 5" bolt pattern that came on the JK were 16" and I believe were all silver. The steel wheels on the JL are the same bolt pattern and are black.

No OEM Mopar wheels for the Jeep Wranger have been 20". The largest are the 18" ones for the JK/JL Saharas and are all alloy of several different designs. There have been 20" alloy wheels fitted to the Dodge/Ram 1500s over the years, but I am not sure of bolt patterns.

There are some aftermarket steel wheels for the JK lug pattern (also fit the JL) but are again only in 16" and 17" diameters.
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Downsides will be width and backspace.

We went with US wheel Rat Rod on the wife's 2018. It's available up to a 20" and down to 3.75" BS.

Pic below is hers in a 17", we ordered in raw and had it powder coated.

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Unlike “mag” wheels, bent steelies can be straightened out and are generally less expensive.

I looked at the Mopar steel wheels but found them too narrow and cheap looking. Looked at Wheel Vintiques also, but they are expensive for what they are and too heavy.

If you look around, the price of aluminum wheels can get close enough to that of steelies. So I stuck with aluminum; there are many more choices.

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Steel wheels just look more utilitarian, which I like.

They do weight more than aluminum and this is good and bad. In snow, the added weight helps compress the snow for added traction, but you give up gas mileage as the added rotating mass requires more energy to turn them.

Steel wheels do rust as there is iron in steel. Aluminum wheels do not contain iron so no rust, but they still oxidize. Which I would consider the same thing.

Cast aluminum wheels come in a lot of different sizes and shapes, but come on they are cast. If I was to buy aluminum wheels I would be looking for a spin forged wheel. Otherwise steel is easy to make and doesn't cost a lot of money, and hey they are steel just like the rest of your drivetrain components.

I would love to say that steel wheels are made in the US, but I am just not sure they are. Most of the aluminum wheels are made in China.

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Blue Baby's Jk looks killer with those steelie's.
With that said, I like the Dodge Ram steelie's on the Jk. They do need wheel adapters to mount up.
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Vintage concept?
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They are aluminum, but this is my favorite "utilitarian" style and they run up to a 20x12.5 and 20x9.5. I'd stick with a 17 however. Price is better, you have far more tire choices and they don't look poserific:
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I run the srt8 20X9 Alcoa aluminum forged rims off the SRT8 grand cherokee. Two pounds lighter than cast replicas and much stronger, made in the USA, but not for the faint of wallet! My tire and wheel combo weighs 6.5 lbs more per corner than the stock M/T's setup. Tuck under nicely even with the oem fender flares outer edge all with the factory backspacing. If I want to play hard off road I slap the stockers back on. Love the look of solid steelies, but when I researched them they weighed too much and was concerned about lack of ventilation also.

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