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Old 07-14-2010, 01:30 PM
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Cool steel or alloy

hey guys i was looking to get some new wheels for my jeep (2.5l 4cyl) and i was wondering if i should steel or alloy wheels ? would steel wheels effect the performance of my mean little 4cyl. greatly ?

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Old 07-14-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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I have 2 sets of tires, one on steel the other alluminium. don't notice any difference. advantage to allum. is it don't rust.

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Steel is heavier, but not likely enough that you'll notice. If you increase tire size, then you'll notice...
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:39 PM   #4
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Depends on the intended purpose, steel is cheaper and therefore easier to replace if you go crawling and get rock bites on them. I had the cheap Cragar steel wheels and it took one ohio winter to put rust on them. I say go with Alloy all the way. I like the procomp alloys, they are inexpensive ($110 range) and look great.
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I think most folks think too hard when it comes to wheels. steel is better, alloy is best, plastic rocks, etc.

weight doesn't matter. if going from aluminum to steel affects performance, you need a new vehicle like Inferno said...that's more of a tire thing.

then there's the strength issue. bottom line is if you mess up your steelies, you would have jacked up the aluminum ones too, and vice versa. they all get f'ed up sooner or later, so I went with cheapest I could find. ended up being steel.
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I'm running alloys now, but the beadlocks I'm looking at are steel. They both have their pros and cons.
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I'm running Alloy's. My wheel guy brought up a good point, if your on the trail alloy will flex a bit and give a bit, where as steel will bend and get effed up. That being said, if you bend your steelee's you have a better chance of bending them back, alloy's have no chance.

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