Steel wheels Vs. Alloy wheels

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Steel wheels Vs. Alloy wheels

Postby MinnesotaMudder » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:30 pm

Which is better steel or alloy wheels? I have read positive and negitive things about both What do you guys think. If you have any suggestions on a wheel let me know.
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Re: Steel wheels Vs. Alloy wheels

Postby HenryJ » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:30 pm

What are you doing with them? Each has its place. Aluminum is lighter and stronger. It can be broken. Steel can be bent back in place.

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Re: Steel wheels Vs. Alloy wheels

Postby MinnesotaMudder » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:46 pm

it is going to be a mix of highway and offroad no rock climbing just mud at the most.
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Re: Steel wheels Vs. Alloy wheels

Postby HenryJ » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:52 am

I like aluminum wheels. Less rotating mass. Easier to get rolling. If you rock crawl steel has the advantage.

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Re: Steel wheels Vs. Alloy wheels

Postby F9K9 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:22 pm

HenryJ wrote:.................If you rock crawl steel has the advantage.
Sounds like debate territory there but, don't want to start one. A most of the pros run aluminum beadlocks and that is where I will go eventually but, steel ones are cheaper.
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Re: Steel wheels Vs. Alloy wheels

Postby roadrunner » Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:30 pm

All depends on your purpose and your prevailing WEATHER conditions. I have great difficulty with the stock five spoke aluminum where I run. They tend to build up inside worse with mud and frozen crud in the winter running for me. Before I put 1" spacers on the rear I had lots of trouble with destruction of brake slide pin boots which in turn led to rusted and seized calipers and brake troubles. Since adding the spacers which also make the front and rear track in the same path the wheels are spaced out far enough to have build-up clear the boots saving many headaches. My .02 worth.
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