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post #1 of 16 Old 02-11-2009, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Steel rims vs Alloy Rims

Just curious what drivers thoughts are on having steel rims or alloy rims. I personally have black alloy rims - Pro Comp Extreme.
  1. Steel or Alloy?
  2. What is your preference and why?
  3. What do you have them on?

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im going alloy.. since there lighter.. i would go steel.. but just cant take the extra weight.. and steels are way cheaper.. and alloy is pricey..

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Steel here. I wanted black wheels and didn't want to spring the $$$ for black alloys. They are heavier but I don't really notice it unless I have to get the spare of my carrier. Plus if I mash one up, it's cheap to replace.

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Steel. I find that steel wheels are not only cheaper, but they come in more designs that I like compared to alloys. Now if this were the 70's/80's/early 90's, then I'd be more inclined to go with Alloys, they had such cool designs back in the day!
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Steel. I run Cragar Soft 8's. I like the look of black, they are cheap and can easily be replaced.

If anyone is considering getting alloy's, I always recommend getting 4 alloy's, and why not 1 cheap steel as your spare.

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i love black wheels too.. but they havent came out with much 17x9 black steelies... so im going with the MT Sidebiter black alloys..

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I run steels, but may switch to allow when I have the chance because they balance easier... allegedly.

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I run steels, but may switch to allow when I have the chance because they balance easier... allegedly.
I hear you. I have had nothing but trouble getting my steel wheels with BFG A/Ts balanced. They finally did a good job after a year and a half but I have weights on both sides of my rim. I hate the look of the lead weights on the black rims.

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well... my alloy wheels with my 35 KM2s took forever to balance.. so its not always true.. plus.. i heard theres not point on balancing a tire if there 35+

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i have alloy on mine right now but am going back to steel because of the isue of breakage on the trail , you break a chunk out of alloy on the trail and your screwed , you bend the steel you beat it back down with hammer and air tire back up and you're on the way

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Black Steel. American Racing 767s on the YJ and the TJ.

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I hear you. I have had nothing but trouble getting my steel wheels with BFG A/Ts balanced. They finally did a good job after a year and a half but I have weights on both sides of my rim. I hate the look of the lead weights on the black rims.
One of the benefits of getting your tires at a reputable tire store is alot of them offer free unlimited balancing and rotations with the purchase of a set of tires. I have them re-balance and rotate my tires at least three times/year. I run black steel D-window wheels. I hate the weights on them also, but a take a wide black permanent marker and color them!
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I hate the weights on them also, but a take a wide black permanent marker and color them!
That's a heck of an idea. .......now where is my sharpie.....

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i have alloys and they look nice but they will not hold up in major offroad situations. maybe light muddin but rock crawlin no way.
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One of the benefits of getting your tires at a reputable tire store is alot of them offer free unlimited balancing and rotations with the purchase of a set of tires. I have them re-balance and rotate my tires at least three times/year. I run black steel D-window wheels. I hate the weights on them also, but a take a wide black permanent marker and color them!
Yep, I get mine rotated and balanced for free at the local store I bought them at. I don't think you'd ever catch me ordering tires online!

I have been meaning to spray paint the weights or hit them with the sharpie but I'm lazy and the Jeep has been filthy with the snow/mud we've been getting.

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