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Old 08-30-2017, 10:34 AM
Kestrel Kestrel is offline
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Default Cast Aluminum Wheel Question

Hey all-

Looking to perhaps get a new set of wheels when my tires need to be replaced. I am looking into potentially getting Cast alumunim wheels. I know that cast is not nearly as strong as forged or steel, but I am looking for some lightweight options out there. I wanted to go lightweight for better MPG and braking etc, and though I do know that the price of wheels vs MPG gain would most likely not pay off, I enjoy the benefit of having nicer wheels as well. Currently I am running the stock 5-spoke steelies with Cooper AT3 235's and am getting around 24-27MPG (I drive roughly 100 miles a day to and from work).

I am unsure if I am going to replace the Coopers with AT3s again as I almost never go offroad, gravel roads occasionally to campsites. I might go with the best lasting and wet road all season tire out there (I tow a jonboat and ramps can get slippery).

I am asking about the potential to break for cast wheels. I read that larger sidewall tires help protect the wheels from rough roads so in a truck with cast and 235/75 wheels would it be safe to say not much will happen to the rim? I drive on flat paved roads 99.99% of the time, highways, and boat ramps 1x a week. I cant justify spending $200+ for a single forged rim. Any thoughts? Also, if you know of some wheels that would fit, I would be interested in checking them out- looking for the classic truck style wheel (Alcoa style)
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:38 PM
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Default Re: Cast Aluminum Wheel Question

"Forging can be expensive, but its durability supersedes that of casting every day of the week; casting, meanwhile, makes sense for parts that will be manufactured for a long time, like frame rails or engine blocks, but not so much for parts that need to survive shock or impact."

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Old 09-01-2017, 03:36 PM
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Default Re: Cast Aluminum Wheel Question

If you want to maximize acceleration stick with the stock size tires. The truck is small so cast wheels would be just fine.
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