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Old 04-02-2023, 03:21 PM   #1
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Used aluminum or steel rims?

I am thinking Iíll need to replace my rear steel dual rims sooner than I had hoped. I replaced the tires in 2021 but the rims are pretty rusty now and they look like theyíve been repainted a few times before. Hoping to avoid the full expense of brand new rims when Iím sure thereís all sorts of take offs from big rigs around somewhere.

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Factor into your decision matrix the length of the studs. Aluminum wheels are thicker and it's common that a change to aluminum wheels means replacing the studs with longer ones. They do look nice, though!
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Factor into your decision matrix the length of the studs. Aluminum wheels are thicker and it's common that a change to aluminum wheels means replacing the studs with longer ones. They do look nice, though!
Yeah I have since realized that which kind of breaks the whole ďcheapĒ part of this swap.
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I put aluminum. Wheels on my bus. You’re gonna have to replace the studs for longer ones!
Replacing the studs is not that difficult but it does require a bit of labor.
The cost of wheels will vary greatly but don’t be afraid of buying the ugliest wheels you can find. You can get those fairly cheap as compared to really shiny clean ones.

Aluminum wheels clean up real nice if you put the labor into it.
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unless you have access to dynacheck or magaflux and are familiar on how to use them i would stay away from used. all aluminium wheels have a date code (something that is present on things that age poorly) for a reason. when i was a mechanic we would not install any that were over 10 years old without a crack test. about half of them had really small fracture cracks that were not visible to a eye. be sure you check any you want to buy first and if they wont let you better pass it up
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unless you have access to dynacheck or magaflux and are familiar on how to use them i would stay away from used. all aluminium wheels have a date code (something that is present on things that age poorly) for a reason. when i was a mechanic we would not install any that were over 10 years old without a crack test. about half of them had really small fracture cracks that were not visible to a eye. be sure you check any you want to buy first and if they wont let you better pass it up
Very good point, I had kind of assumed aluminum rims would last forever because they donít rust, but I suppose they could crack. Maybe Iíll just stick with Steelies and try to keep them covered. It seems that the issue around here is the water accumulation in the wheel causes rust.
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Checking the wheels for cracks is a smart thing to do.
Any idea on what the cost $$$ would be?

You could use that point when negotiating $$$ price for wheels.

In my paintball days i used to hydro test my air tanks every 18 months, religiously!

If your gonna keep the steelie’s maybe sandblasting and powdercoating might work out then ?
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