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post #46 of 84 Old 03-11-2011, 10:21 AM
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I guess I should've clarified. My experience was with chrome or brushed aluminum alloys, not black ones. I can see how the black alloys would be really easy to maintain.

I also purchased my steelies with price in mind. $39.99 for a wheel is pretty darn hard to beat.
Polished aluminum is a ***** to keep looking good.I now have some natural aluminum wheels that came on the Jeep and I polished once and that's it.They don't shine like chrome either.
Polished DC-1's.


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post #47 of 84 Old 03-11-2011, 10:51 AM
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I haven't done as much as touch my black alloys with a towel. They look like they did the day I put them on except for a little rock rash.

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post #48 of 84 Old 03-11-2011, 12:13 PM
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My 15x8 steel wheels with beadlocks and 35 inch MT Baha MTZ are 101 pounds, per bathroom scale.

I definitely would like to switch to something lighter. The jeep drives I have 500 pounds in it.
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post #49 of 84 Old 03-11-2011, 12:25 PM
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Holy Christ on a bike, that's a lot of rotational weight.

I'm sure it literally drives like 500 lbs is on it ... my 35" KM2's on Ultra's version of MT Classic 15 x 8 wheels are 79.5 lb each. That being said, I don't have the bead locks that you do ...

Maybe we need a wheel & tire weight thread? It might be a handy reference for the guys with a DD that want lighter wheels.
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Holy Christ on a bike, that's a lot of rotational weight.

I'm sure it literally drives like 500 lbs is on it ... my 35" KM2's on Ultra's version of MT Classic 15 x 8 wheels are 79.5 lb each. That being said, I don't have the bead locks that you do ...

Maybe we need a wheel & tire weight thread? It might be a handy reference for the guys with a DD that want lighter wheels.
i'm going to agree with you.
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post #51 of 84 Old 03-11-2011, 12:37 PM
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2005X what brand are the black alloys in the pics? I like that look similar to my black soft 8's.
they are procomp but i dont remember the model number. they are 15x8 3.75bs and flat balck finish on alloys
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post #52 of 84 Old 03-11-2011, 02:48 PM
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My rear 39-13.50-17 Krawlers on 17x8.5 Walker Evans alloy beadlocks weigh about 120# each.
My front 39-13.50-17 Krawlers on 17x8.5 Walker Evans alloy beadlocks weigh about 400# each........filled with water to the top of the rim(about 30+/- gallons). And they do not leak.

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My rear 39-13.50-17 Krawlers on 17x8.5 Walker Evans alloy beadlocks weigh about 120# each.
My front 39-13.50-17 Krawlers on 17x8.5 Walker Evans alloy beadlocks weigh about 400# each........filled with water to the top of the rim(about 30+/- gallons). And they do not leak.
hows that handle at 80mph?


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I have had it up to 70 MPH on a smooth wide dirt roads. Actually handled fine. I was waiting to feel it go haywire too.

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post #55 of 84 Old 03-16-2011, 12:17 AM
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i just switched out my rock crawler 15x10 steel for some pro-comp 15x8 7069's, what a difference!! the jeep drives smoother, accelerates and stops better. the steel wheels were 29lbs vs 16lbs on the new aluminum ones. i cant believe i have driven for so many years on the steel wheels. huge improvement with aluminum, i will never run a steel wheel again!
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post #56 of 84 Old 03-16-2011, 12:53 AM
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What is the backspacing? How big a tire are you running?
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post #57 of 84 Old 03-16-2011, 08:15 AM
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PC's 15x8 7069 comes with 3.75" of backspacing as I recall, it's good for any 30x9.50 or larger tire size up to about 37x12.50x15.

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I love my Pro comp's PXA 1059-5865 as a matter of fact I am ordering my spare today.

Now I need to get rid of those nerf bars and get some real rocker panel guards. It may look like a Jeep then.

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post #59 of 84 Old 03-16-2011, 09:36 AM
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Ill be getting black alloys of some sort. I have alloys now but I want black alloys with a backspacing in my flavor. Ill just sell my old ones to offset the cost, clean em up first though. Probably blackrock alloys, just need to find a deal on them I dont want to pay $500 for wheels.
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post #60 of 84 Old 03-16-2011, 09:46 AM
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I had 15x10 in aluminum rims that where coated, not polished. The edges got beat and the coating chipped, after a few years they wouldn't hold air and looked like ****.

I now have 15x8 steel wheels and they have held up much better but seem to be more difficult o balance.

I JUST got a set of AR 172 (60 bucks for 4), they are 15X8. I will have them mounted this weekend.

Whether you go steel or aluminum, if you wheel hard get 8" rims if you have a 12.5 wide tire.

As far as balancing and power I will know more in days to come.

I ran 3.73 with 33's for a while and it sucked, I have 4.56s now.

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