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Alloy Rims

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Nirango kid, Nov 25, 2021.

  1. Nov 25, 2021 at 3:46 AM
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    Nirango kid

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    Hi all, I have a 2021 Tacoma TRD Sport with Alloy rims. I am curious from other owners with their experience in the snow belts of the U.S and Canada if the Winter salts are doing any damage to the rims. I am debating to leave them on or change to winter steel rims. Not too worried about the alloy but the paint makes me question. Thanks
     
  2. Nov 25, 2021 at 3:51 AM
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    If you are going to run winter tires on another set of wheels, just get the right fitment wheels in whichever you can find.

    However, I think steel wheels are easier to be DIY refreshed at the end of the season.
     
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  3. Nov 25, 2021 at 3:58 AM
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    I do put my vehicles through car washes a lot during the winter months just to wash off the salt underneath the vehicles. I will wait and see more replies from other members here on TW
     
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    Toyota aluminum alloy wheels in general do not fare well in environments where lots of road salt is used. The biggest problem is clear coat failure / peeling leading to oxidation of the base metal. The classic starting points for the failure are where the balancing weights are hammered on and where uncaring mechanics use metal pry tools to remove center caps. Stone chips are also a common stating point.

    If you want my 2 cents - speaking as one who lives in the road salt capital of the world - save your OEM wheels for spring, summer and fall. Buy yourself a good set of snow tires and mount them on whatever kind of wheels you like. Let them keep you safe and take the abuse in the winter months. That's what I do and the TRD Sport alloy wheels on my recently sold 2014 Tacoma still looked like new when I sold it.
     
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  6. Nov 25, 2021 at 4:28 AM
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    I don’t know if my experience applies due to the differences over the years, but the alloy rims on my 2010 Sport looked awful after only a couple years here in NH. The paint flaked off in big chucks and the aluminum oxidized.

    The rims were not damaged or road rashed. The paint simply failed. My dealer got Toyota to authorize repainting the rims, but I never took them up on the offer.

    I eventually replaced them with some 17 inch 4Runner take-offs I was able to get for cheap money ($50 each).

    I’m hopeful Toyota improved the rim paint on my new 2021 Off Road. At least the rims are black on this new truck, so defects will be less noticeable.

    I would just suggest staying on top of any defects. Once the aluminum starts to oxidize under the paint, you are kinda screwed.
     
  7. Nov 25, 2021 at 4:32 AM
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    Steelies would be easiest to re-spray. Aluminum will lose it's clear coat in time. And that not just as some say "the OEM", they all will eventually show signs of oxidation. If anything the OEM might last the longest. Here in Edmonton, the city mixes salt and other strong chemicals that can affect any metal, regardless.
    Probably your best bet is wax and wash often.
     
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    Steelies are dirt cheap.

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    I have never had any luck keeping steel rims from rusting. I buy OEM alloy rims on ebay for my winter tires.

    I even replace the steel spare with alloy.
     
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    I think I will be buying steel rims for the winter months to save my good rims.
     
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    I bought a set off of CL for $50. I run my WinterForce tires on them. So much easier to have a second set of wheels.

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    There are alloy take-offs in the local classifieds constantly, FB Marketplace, Craigslist, etc. Only cost me $200 for mine after I sold off the stock tires that came on them. If they get beat, who cares they are for winter use…and were cheap. Have a set of steelies too, but decided didn’t want the rotational weight as it effects mpg.

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    @Nirango kid
    Agreed. Curb rash also contributes.
    The rims on my '06 got really bad - pitted rather deep between the 'spokes.'
    At about 8-9 years I had them blasted & powder coated gray. Wish I had taken before & after photos as the end result looked almost as good as new.
    EDIT: I had picked up a set of take-off steelies when it was about 3-4 years old. Put REAL snow tires on them and ran them thru most Winter seasons. Reduced some of the corrosion & pitting I guess. The powder coating was the best way to get them close to new.
     
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    I've had both powder coated steel wheels and what i guess the painted and cleared alloy ones. Seemed after 5 years the powder coated steel wheels needed to be done over from all the salt and crap we get from connecticut winters. The alloy wheels lasted a bit longer, but also were showing their age needing a refinish. I ended up buying reproductions that were basically the same a couple years before i sold the truck.
     
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    The way I see it....they're winter wheels. Doesn't matter if they look perfect. And it's easier to rattle-can steelies if you choose to do so.
     
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    Night and day difference vs all seasons. The solf rubber in cold temps and siping take traction to the next level....especially in hard packed snow and slush
     
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    Exactly! Steelies can be washed & touch-up painted at the end of the season. Who cares if they're not perfect.
     
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    These are my stock alloys that have been my 2013 since new used Vermont. Exception was 2 Winters I had another dedicated set (14 &15 Winter).
    Now I only run one set because the truck only gets used in Winter primarily. I feel the old TRD OR faired better than the Sports. Many sport wheels were warrantied in 2GEN.
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    So I decided to get 4 black steel rims and I am wondering if I can move the TPMS on the new rims.
     
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    Short answer, I don't think so. My understanding is the steel vs alloy TPMS's differ enough to not interchange.
     

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