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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:11 pm 
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I saw on some thexterra.org thread that steelies (which I have) weigh 42 pounds and aluminum 27 pounds. That's 15 pounds per wheel so 60 extra unsprung pounds. Is it worth changing to aluminum for the weight savings?

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Weight
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:49 pm 
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I will say that I went from 16ish mpg to 12ish mpg when I switched from 285/75R16 Duratracs to 305/70R16 Mastercraft mud terrains. I couldn’t find the weight difference between the two. Both were advertised as a true 33” tire. So theoretically the only difference is tire weight and contact patch width.

Rotating weight is a real thing. Although the wheel would have less of an impact, as the weight is roughly 16” off the spindle vs. the tire at 33” off the spindle.

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Weight
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:02 pm 
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I'm going to need you to dumb that down for me John yes buy alloys, no don't buy alloys

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:30 pm 
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Summary - Just the wheel weight is probably not going to make a big difference. Tire weight & the tread pattern would be a bigger factor.

Get the wheels you like, knowing that your tire choice, lift & armor make the bigger impact.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:53 am 
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I just weighed a 18 hole spare steelie. 26.02lbs. Can the other steelie weigh 20lbs more?
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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Weight
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:42 am 
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Well shit! Sounds like wheels aren't a problem. Thanks everyone.


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