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Steel is cheaper and stronger! But its also heavier, and does have an impact on acceleration and braking. But if youre going to be on rocky terrain, its your only choice, since itll hold up to rockrash alot better than aluminum rims will. And did i say theyre cheap? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Cast aluminum rims are not quite as cheap, and are definitely not as strong, but they are alot lighter than steel. The main problem with them is that cast wheels can potentially have alot of small airpockets in them, making them alot weaker than forged wheels. Even still theyare the wheel of choice (IMO) for a car or anything that never sees anything rocky.
Forged aluminum are sweet, since by design they are alot stronger than cast wheels....the process of forging them purges any air pockets that may be in them, unlike cast wheels. More expensive, but theyre still good and strong, and light. A little too expensive for me to even consider putting them on the bronco, since id probably just wreck 'em on the rocks anyway. They wont take the abuse that a steel wheel will take, but theyll take close to it, and they are lighter, meaing that your acceleration/braking will be alot better with these than with steelies.
With that said....i had aluminum rims on my first truck, and they didnt hold up well at all. Ive only had steel on my bronco, and going from 15*8 to 15*10 did make a noticeable difference in braking. Not nearly enough to make me think twice about it, but it was still noticeable nonetheless. And considering i find myself running all sorts of trails, steel is the only way for me to go. Ive smashed them on rocks many times, and theyre still doin fine. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]