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Steel vs. Alloy

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by SPORT, May 24, 2011.

  1. May 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    SPORT

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    Probably a widely debated topic, but I couldn't find much on it after a quick search.

    I'm looking for some off road/crawler wheels 16x8 to mount my Mud Terrains (eventually KM2's).

    The two I've narrowed down to are either the ProComp 98 Series Black wheel or the Black Rock Series 908B Yuma Alloy Wheel in Matte Black. There is a considerable price difference. So, what are the advantages, other than weight, to stick with Alloy? Or vice versa.

    Thanks for your insights.

    Sport
     
  2. May 24, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    if your just looking for crawler wheels id stay with steel wheels. no need for alloy if your goin slow
     
  3. May 24, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    It'll more than likely be my off road/winter shoes. However, I'm sure they'll see some tar time too.
     
  4. May 24, 2011 at 4:16 PM
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    Its up to you but most of the time people choose alloy wheels for looks. They are sometimes stronger but most are gravity cast, making them heavy and the weakest way to make an alloy wheel. If they are just strictly for function save your money and go with steel.
     
  5. May 24, 2011 at 4:17 PM
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    STEEL FTW
     
  6. May 24, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    Steel vs Alloy.

    You get what you pay for.
     
  7. May 24, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    Huh? That statement hold true only when comparing apples to apples; not steel to alloy. ;)
     
  8. May 24, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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    I"m always for stuff that don't rust. Alloys.
     
  9. May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    Im going with alloy because thats what i have and it does great.
     
  10. May 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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    STEEL.

    I run stock alloys on my truck because I like the looks and am on road most of the time - city dweller.

    But off road the steelies are lighter and hey, you can bend them back into shape. Easy to spray paint to prevent 'rust'. Really ideal for the off-road environment. Alloys can crack - yikes!!
     
  11. May 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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    Stealies are lighter?...I don't think so. One thing I do like about stealies is that you can weld rock rings into the lip to keep them from bending. They also look pretty cool.
     
  12. May 25, 2011 at 8:51 AM
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    actually stealies are lighter...except for oem alloy wheels. Most aftermarket alloy wheels are gravity cast not low pressure cast like oem alloys.
     
  13. May 25, 2011 at 9:03 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    I went with a low pressure cast alloy wheel there strong and Ive had no problems just a little rock rash but it's no big deal.
     
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