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mr.ranger 08-23-2009 08:36 PM

aluminum vs metal rims
 
i know aluminum look better but ive heard they are weaker (specifically in the cold, which is a factor here in canada) and are more likely to dent/break if you hit curbs and hard objects...is this true or are aluminum just a strong as metal rims....however, i realize that chrome and aluminum rims look much better than plain old metal ones

greyghost 08-23-2009 08:40 PM

take into consideration the harsh winter conditions i'd prefer the steel rims that i could just hose off versus the aluminum or chrome that is a nightmare to keep clean. my $.02

mr.ranger 08-23-2009 08:52 PM

thanks for the response, i was just wondering and since i live i canada my rims face the harsh conditions you were talking of...and with steel rims the maintenance is like none

greyghost 08-23-2009 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by mr.ranger (Post 10454)
thanks for the response, i was just wondering and since i live i canada my rims face the harsh conditions you were talking of...and with steel rims the maintenance is like none

i do have a nice set of chrome rims just begging to be put on. the wheels in all my pics is what i run in the snow here in pa. just to lazy this year to change them .

Jay FX4 08-24-2009 06:53 AM

I've had both polished alloys and chrome and have never had a problem in the winter with snow and salt.

98blownranger 08-24-2009 06:49 PM

alumium is fine in the cold there are many thing made of alumium air planes lots a new cars/truck all have aluminum rims steel rims will also bend get what you like

surfer03133 08-24-2009 07:14 PM

aluminum rims are lighter, but they dont stay very clean, i dont even remember what my rims look like when their clean

DieHard4rd 08-24-2009 08:33 PM

Aluminum are lighter which gives better fuel economy, look better & if kept clean, will increase the resale value.

Steel is tough, but they do bend if you hit a curb or a rock. They rust & then look like crap. And know one says "ohh cool, look at that Ranger for sale with those steel rims.

I have steel on mine as that's what the base XL comes with. But I will keep my eyes open for some good used 15in aluminum Ranger rims for it.

Really it boils down to personal preferance. Which ever you prefer is what you should get.

mr.ranger 08-27-2009 07:39 PM

yeah, i agree that aluminum looks better but steel just seem like lower maintenance and i know a few guys who have spray paintes their steel rims all different colours, from silver to fluoresent green to red and blue, etc
looks good at times but sometimes its horrid and looks cheap but i love the fluoresent green on winter rims

greyghost 08-27-2009 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by mr.ranger (Post 11132)
yeah, i agree that aluminum looks better but steel just seem like lower maintenance and i know a few guys who have spray paintes their steel rims all different colours, from silver to fluoresent green to red and blue, etc
looks good at times but sometimes its horrid and looks cheap but i love the fluoresent green on winter rims

hey thanks for the idea, maybe i'll rock some fluoresent orange with my chrome .:eek:

Jay FX4 08-27-2009 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by greyghost (Post 11168)
hey thanks for the idea, maybe i'll rock some fluoresent orange with my chrome .:eek:

LOL:rolleyes:

mr.ranger 08-28-2009 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by greyghost (Post 11168)
hey thanks for the idea, maybe i'll rock some fluoresent orange with my chrome .:eek:


that a girl!!

mr.ranger 08-28-2009 12:01 PM

i guess the spray paint wheels is unique as i never see it and you can get virtually any colour you want for dirt cheap!!

although, if always wanted to get some glow in the dark spray paint and try that stuff out!!! if it orked that would look SICK!!

greyghost 08-28-2009 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by mr.ranger (Post 11250)
i guess the spray paint wheels is unique as i never see it and you can get virtually any colour you want for dirt cheap!!

although, if always wanted to get some glow in the dark spray paint and try that stuff out!!! if it orked that would look SICK!!

there's a bargen outlet store near me that has some 3 step paint that claims to change color when the light hits it a sertain way. i may try it out on my spair to see if it works and go from there.

billyjo21 09-04-2009 10:52 PM

i have chrome steel rims and they look like shit from this montana winter (i.e. rusted goodness) and ive hade aluminum one and didnt get all that dirty


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