Steel or alloy wheels

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 09:14
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I need to upgrade my Prado 120 tyres & the first decision is the wheels (since i have enough choices of tyres in both rim sizes now) . I note that some folks are buying the 16" Steel ROH rims (& the associated mod required) and others are staying with the original 17" alloys. If I stick with the alloys, how much are they really damaged through (amateur) tyre changing off-road. The type of 4wding i do doesn't require a lot of tyre changing so would appreciate feedback on the real limitations of alloy wheels.
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 09:26

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 09:26
If care is taken not too much damaged should be done. Probably using a beadbreaker has some potential. Using a Jack or the R&R Beadbreaker would cause less damage potentially than Tyrepliers. I guess you need to think about how many flats you get. A lot of the time using a safetysealk kit you can fix the puncture without removing the tyre. Buying five tyres and five rims is not cheap. Why not just buy an extra alloy and tyre if you are that worried. I have six tyres and rims and rotate regularly using all six.
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 10:57

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 10:57
Spinning wheels in mud = scratched clear coated alloys, if 4wding in Victoria especially.

Rocky loose ground, driving over rocks, also dont help alloys, and once you damage an alloy, if it leaks air, its not like you can fix it right there.

The required modification is very easy to run the correct 16" rims, and though it means changing wheels if required, you can always just fit up 16" and leave them on full time, keeping the alloys to up the resale, by looking new when time to trade the 120 in.
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Reply By: rolande- Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 19:24

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 19:24
For off-road get a good set of steel rims
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Reply By: Nixon - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 20:40

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 20:40
My issue with 17" inch is that I can't find a suitable off road tyre to fit. Originals are Dunlop Grand trek but puncture easily.

I am seriously considering buying 16 " steel rims and fitting with more durable tyres when off road, then changing back to keep the wife happy when in town.

Any suggestions.

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Follow Up By: DrewT - Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 13:30

Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 13:30
Nixon, since i don't go off-road a lot i've decided to stick with the OE alloy rims & go for either the Cooper or BFG AT tyres (265/70/17). Latest 4WD mag has a (poor) article on 17" tyres & seems a few more options may be on the way (Dunlop Grandtrek AT2, Goodyear MTR, Procomp AT, Yokahama AT)
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