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post #1 of 46 Old 02-14-2009, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum VS Steel Corners.

The differences I see are (referencing the Genright full corners)

1. weight
2. price

Are is the extra couple hundred dollars worth going with aluminum? Also are the aluminum corners weaker??


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post #2 of 46 Old 02-14-2009, 03:17 PM
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Steel bends. Aluminum breaks. I'm still going back and forth between what I want. I love the fact that AL wheels are so light...I picked up a 20 lb 15x8 alloy rim the other day and it was like a feather. Steel wheels of the same size weigh about 28 lbs, a 40% increase. I know that aluminum will break, but it takes a lot to get it to that point. Steel bends easier than alloy will break. But, steel wheels are only $40-65 per wheel, so they are easier to replace. And steel looks great most of the time....until they rust.

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No rocks over here really. mainly just want to prevent trail damage. oh and it's a DD.

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The differences I see are (referencing the Genright full corners)

1. weight
2. price

Are is the extra couple hundred dollars worth going with aluminum? Also are the aluminum corners weaker??
The aluminum Genright corners are stronger and lighter than steel. They are 6061 T6 in 3/16's and harder to bend than equivalent steel corners.

There is no comparison as to which to run if you are after a no compromise solution to protecting your rig.

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There is no comparison as to which to run if you are after a no compromise solution to protecting your rig.
That's what I was looking to hear. Thanks.

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Steel bends. Aluminum breaks.
I regret not having taken photos of my aluminum wheel with a big dent in its edge and how it turned out after going after the dent with a small sledgehammer for these types of claims. It wasn't even forged aluminum, it was a cheapy cast American Eagle wheel.

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hallelujah jerry! ive seen this claim continuously on the internet for years. no one who claims aluminum will break where steel will bend ever has evidence of this. aluminum is a metal it will bend.
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hallelujah jerry! ive seen this claim continuously on the internet for years. no one who claims aluminum will break where steel will bend ever has evidence of this. aluminum is a metal it will bend.
Oh, I don't know about all that. Here's a pic of a Mickey Thompson Alcoa Forged rim that would beg to differ.


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Yep for sure aluminum can and will break but not every time as some claim.

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I didn't think aluminum would bend until my dad dropped his BBS rim on his A6 into a pot hole and bent the hell out of it. Now I am a firm believer.

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thank you mrblaine you are the first ive seen to actually post any evidence. anything can break, and as jerry alluded to i wanted to help further the concept that aluminum can bend without breaking. i bend a bit of aluminum in my line of work so i truly believe in the form of corner protection they will tend to bend under low speed impacts rather then "shatter" as some automatically believe.
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thank you mrblaine you are the first ive seen to actually post any evidence. anything can break, and as jerry alluded to i wanted to help further the concept that aluminum can bend without breaking. i bend a bit of aluminum in my line of work so i truly believe in the form of corner protection they will tend to bend under low speed impacts rather then "shatter" as some automatically believe.
I can argue the other direction as well. Aluminum corners are much tougher than steel and I've actually seen cast rims bent back into shape as Jerry stated.

On the other hand, I know a few sets of Walker Evans rims that are missing chunks after being bent back after some trail damage.

The pic I put up is of a forged rim which shouldn't break like that, but 4 of the 5 in that set did, so I don't think it's anomalous.

But, the topic is aluminum corners and I will bet the cost of a set of the corners you won't break them. They are worth every bit they cost.

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Aluminum can bend, I bend it all the time in my machine shop. It will, however, break or crack a lot easier than steel because the properties of the metal just can't take repeated bending, or over bending. Steel is much more forgiving in that regard.

As for me, I've got steel wheels and aluminum corners, they were cheaper!

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Aluminum is much more susceptible to work hardening then steel is, and has no memory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_hardening
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