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Steel Wheels. Not as bad as everyone says?

Well im repainting my stock wheels and ive been running my friends wheels and tirs from his cherokee, they are 31 10.5 baja claws on 15 in. soft 8s and i didnt feel any difference between those and my 265 duratracs on the stock aluminum wheels. A lot of people on here say that steel wheels are really bad and i feel like that might not be the case. Any input on this?
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to me their not that bad for smaller tires bolt on some 33s are 35s on steel wheels then you will tell they drag ya down a lot more
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to me their not that bad for smaller tires bolt on some 33s are 35s on steel wheels then you will tell they drag ya down a lot more
That would be from the tires though. The rims are staying the same.
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How so? I've run everything from 44" swampers to 29" street tires on steel wheels and never heard of them dragging me down.. I like the fact that when I scratch one on the rocks, its paint it or buy a new one for a hell of a lot less that a new aluminum rim..
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im pretty sure he's referring to the steel wheels weighing more then aluminum and thus causes loss of mpg and power when you go up higher in tire sizes like a 35 on an aluminum wheel may weigh 100 lbs compared to a steel wheel at 115 lbs, so in retrospect you could run a 115 37 combo on an aluminum wheel and have the same power as the 35 on a steel wheel
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Yeah the only bad thing about steelies is they look cheap if looks are a priority, and they are heavy so if you're pushing the limits of your truck with 35s on stock axles then steelies might weigh enough to push it past the breaking point.
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