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Old 01-24-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Why do off-roaders prefer steel wheels over aluminum?

I heard that the steel were preferred for off-roading. Please explain why so I can understand.

Also, aren't allow lighter and stronger?
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:24 PM   #2
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not an expert but steel takes the dings and scrapes better than aluminum
or does not show as much anyway. I do know that aluminum bends easy as well...found out with normal street pot holes!
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Steel = you can bang the dents out of them after hitting that rock or stump.
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So basically, for off roading purposes, steel is more resiliant/durable.

But, what about rust. I figure the off road tires and wheel are subjected to more imersion into not only water, but muddy water and in deeper water under stress.

Doesn't that rust them?
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Muddy water causes no more rust than spring water. If getting the wheels wet hurt them there'd be a big yellow sticker on them warning us to dry them after driving in the rain. They'll outlast the truck, wash them when they're dirty and inspect them once in a while for damage, spot paint if needed.
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They're CHEAPER!!

I never priced alluminum wheels.... but I'm pretty sure they're more expensive.

For me - I'd rather have a cheap set of steal black rockcrawler rims for $45 each and not care whether I trash'm up or ding'm up - I can hammer them back into shape and they'll work just as good. And - even if I trash one beyond repair, it only costs $45 to get a new one.

If you offroad hard - the black rockcrawler rims are the cheapest to get new and sooo much easier to replace.
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They're CHEAPER!!

Exactly, it's about cost. If you mess up a steel wheel really bad, you can replace it easily. An alloy wheel costs significantly more.
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steel bends alloy's break... I've seen $300 alloy wheels with pieces missing after hitting a rock....I've seen stock steel chevy wheels straightened with an 8 lb sledge and a winch and hold air rest of way home lol....
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steel bends alloy's break... I've seen $300 alloy wheels with pieces missing after hitting a rock....I've seen stock steel chevy wheels straightened with an 8 lb sledge and a winch and hold air rest of way home lol....
Yep, been there, done that. I had steelies on my 74' Scout. I landed on a boulder harder than I thought. When I got off the incline and inspected it, I had a flat tire and a bent rim...

I always wondered why my buddy carried a sledge hammer. Now I know. I drove back home on it after about 20 good whacks and a little compressor action. I sold the truck with the rim, but sold the rim as a spare. *YES - I did tell the guy that it had been bent.
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The steelies just look bad ass! Cheap too. I'll be getting some very soon.
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