I had my original steelies up until a few years ago, there are so many good strong choices out there in alloy these days I'm not sure why anyone would wish to consider steelies, the benefits outweigh any disadvantages.Consider steelies ?
Genuine Alloys are around same weight as steelies. Alloy nowhere near as strongIf I can't find some good alloys I will go with steelies, but was hoping to save some unsprung weight and most alloys are just as strong if not better these days.
I haven't weighed them but I know from lifting them during a service that my alloys are considerably lighter than my old steelies and I had them on the Trol for 15-16 years. Every pound taken from unsprung weight is equal to removing 10 pound from sprung weight (there is a ratio for the various components). I've never run genuine alloys so I can't comment on them.
Yes I did the same thing changed from factory 17" light alloys and light duty road tyres that they come with. But a lot of that is the change in the tyres. These were the weights I added to that other thread that Sido linked above.I replaced my 17” factory alloys and 275/65R17 (31”) tyres with 16” factory steelies and 285/75R16 (33”) muddies. The 16” combo is 10kg per tyre heavier than the 17’s. 44kg vs 34kg. With 2 spare wheels I intend running, that’s 60kg wasted. I’m thinking about going to 16” alloys... Maybe...
I do a lot of remote area travel and particularly long distance outback stuff on the ROH alloys. Find a decent set secondhand as they do get a bit scratched after some use. But that is what they are fore, Use rather than Show. Mine still clean up alright.That's huge weight difference. I would think alloys would be strong enough, if I was doing really remote stuff steel would probably be a better choice, due to availability but good quality alloys should be plenty strong enough. Anyone used allied? I will have a look at roh too
Not true at all. Good quality alloys built to standards these days are quite often stronger than most steelies as good quality steelies are getting lesser and lesser. Many good quality aftermarket alloys are stronger than the factory steels on many makes and at least as strong if not stronger than some of the factory alloys.
Ronny's sledge hammer doesn't lie hey @kimbaNot true at all. Good quality alloys built to standards these days are quite often stronger than most steelies as good quality steelies are getting lesser and lesser. Many good quality aftermarket alloys are stronger than the factory steels on many makes and at least as strong if not stronger than some of the factory alloys.
In this discussion i am of course ignoring many of the blingy mega cheap alloys that have been getting around, mostly made for the Asian built utes.
I would not hesitate running with good quality alloys these days and in fact have never run anything else.
Sure there is the old chestnut argument that a steel can be bashed with a lump of concrete out in the bush but seriously how often as a percentage of wheels and trips over this great wide land has this really been necessary. An old exaggerated wives tail. Most people who get serious seen to run with 2 spares anyway these days.