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post #61 of 84 Old 03-16-2011, 11:04 AM
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I ran 3.73 with 33's for a while and it sucked.
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Manual, auto probably wouldn't be as bad.

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post #63 of 84 Old 03-21-2011, 02:01 PM
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Comparing a Pro-Comp 7069 Alloy at 16lbs and a Cragar 397 Soft 8 at 28lbs (both 15x8), will you notice any savings in MPG?
I would assume tire balance would be much improved also (considering a 50lb tire)?
Breaking?

I assume everything would improve, but would it be noticeable?

I'm looking to justify spending $100 per wheel compared to keeping my existing steelies.

NOTE: Regarding weight, I looked up the weight on Amazon. It should be close to accurate.


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I went from Cragar soft 8's to Black Rock 909 alloys. The weight difference was the same.

Improved balance--YES, much. Took much less weight and stay in balance. It's amazing.
Braking--YES.
Acceleration--not much of a difference.
MPG--maybe, but not much of a difference.

It's well worth it.

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I just bought 5 pro comp 7069's from jcwhitney for 450 shipped. I think that is a great deal for alloy wheels.
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post #66 of 84 Old 03-21-2011, 02:30 PM
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Alloys all the way. There really is no advantage to running steel wheels, except the cost.
There are lots of rationalizations being thrown around, but this is the simplest, best way to put it.

And even if the alloys are $50 more per wheel, you're talking what, $250 difference including a spare, for something that'll make a positive contribution every time your Jeep moves? The cost incentive is just NOT there when you think about it. If you honestly can't afford it, you should be looking at a different hobby or developing some Zen-like levels of patience. Save and get the alloys.
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Everything the same, I found about 10 lbs per rim...
I found 12 lbs per, when going from D-hole steelies to Procomp 1079s. Same tires.


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post #68 of 84 Old 03-22-2011, 07:46 AM
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I have gone from alloy to steel back to alloy. I can't tell **** for difference when driving. The alloys are easier to balance. My only advice is if you wheel don't my 10 inch rims (bead locks may be different).

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Anyone got specs on weights of different brands alloy wheels, pref. a soft8 style, or teardrop cut.
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My Moab rims and 265/75/r16 All Terrain retreads weigh 80 lbs together.

Im hoping to go to a lighter tire soon.

I work on Mopars
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I just went from stock early 90's xj aluminum wheels to steel D style. Same tires, I actually found the steel wheels to feel smoother over rough roads. Besides that, no difference. I am a fan of aluminum wheels tho.

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post #72 of 84 Old 03-22-2011, 11:21 PM
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Anyone got specs on weights of different brands alloy wheels, pref. a soft8 style, or teardrop cut.
I'm not sure what you're asking for, but I love my Mickey Thompson Classic II's... My 15x8's weigh 17 pounds a piece and make plenty of room for my 12.5" wide 35's without requiring spacers or any of that jazz.
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I went from alloys to steel on my TJ. The reason I did that is because the alloys were so much harder to keep clean and not have the blemishes show up. I spent hours on my Mickey Thompson alloys trying to get them to shine again...whereas my cragar soft 8s clean up quickly and easily.
Alloys just require alot more maintenance to stay looking good.
Not if you get black painted alloys, like the Pro Comp 7069s. There are many black alloy wheels to choose from and many are quite affordable so you can have the best of both worlds. You aren't limited to just polished alloy anymore. I agree the polished alloys are horrendous to keep up with.

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i went from Crager soft 8 15x8 27lbs to procomp alloys 15x8 15lbs per wheel. while searching for alloys there are wheels out there that only weigh 7-10lbs
http://www.4wheelparts.com/Wheels/Xtreme-Alloy-Series-7069-Flat-Black.aspx?t_c=11&t_s=210&t_pt=100073&t_pl=101930& t_pn=PXA7069-5865
I thought the Pro Comp 7069s were 18lbs each? Pretty lightweight but not even close to 7-10lb wheels.

My race car didn't have wheels that lightweight! At that weight you risk bending a wheel.

You do better to shop here: http://4wheelonline.com/Pro_Comp_Wheels_7069_Flat_Black.142078.498905

I just bought a full set of Pro Comp 15x8s at $96/wheel.

Stay away from the polished aluminum wheels unless you like buffing and cleaning them constantly. The salt and dirt from the winter finally did my 1069s in. I gave up and just got the 7069s. Basically the same wheel in painted flat black.

Definitely go with alloys. I did some serious rock crawling with my Pro Comp alloys and never bent or cracked a rim. They don't leak. If anything the steelies tend to bend and leak and are harder to balance. Plus that extra unsprung weight is not something you want if you aren't regearing and going to 33s.

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i'm about ready to just go back to my stock moabs. i have recently had a terrible experience with aftermarket rims. 550 bucks down the tubes.

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I thought the Pro Comp 7069s were 18lbs each? Pretty lightweight but not even close to 7-10lb wheels.

My race car didn't have wheels that lightweight! At that weight you risk bending a wheel.

You do better to shop here: http://4wheelonline.com/Pro_Comp_Wheels_7069_Flat_Black.142078.498905

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yeah the ones i got weigh in at 15-18lbs. might wanna reread what i wrote, i said while searching there were some that weighed around 7-10lbs


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