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Old 02-16-2010, 09:36 AM   #1
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Wheel load ratings

I am in the process of ordering a Sportsmobile 4x4. In reading a number of threads I happened upon a question that seemed real relevant to me at this stage in my ordering process.

I was in Anza Borego a few months ago and took a quarter size chunk out of an aluminum rim on my Syncro. It occurs to me now that steel rims are a better way to go. In looking at Pro Comp steels for instance I notice max load numbers of 1800 lbs. This seems way under rated for a Sportsmobile size vehicle. Is this assessment correct? What would be a minimum load amount for a SMB?

It seems that SMB only offers Aluminum wheels and I am waiting to here back from them.

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Old 02-16-2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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Re: Wheel load ratings

Aluminum wheels are the norm, but you're right, steel wheels can be bent back in shape in the field. I'd keep looking as an 1800 lb. rating is too low for a 10,000+ lb. rig. I've never looked, but there's got to be some out there. I'm sure someone else will chip in with a few good links
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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Re: Wheel load ratings

Aluminium / steel wheels were discussed in this post and for custom steel wheels http://www.stocktonwheel.com/4wd_offroad.htm was mentionned.

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:54 PM   #4
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Re: Wheel load ratings

You need something good for at least 3500 pounds. Maybe more depending on your actual rear axle weight.

There are some good AL ones. Not all AL rims are the same. Forged will be stronger than cast, and there's lots of other factors too.
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Re: Wheel load ratings

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Aluminium / steel wheels were discussed in this post and for custom steel wheels http://www.stocktonwheel.com/4wd_offroad.htm was mentionned.

First link doesn't work for me.

Does anyone know the weight rating of my stock 16 inch steel Ford wheels? I've looked around but don't see anything. Thanks. Tom
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:46 PM   #6
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Re: Wheel load ratings

I'm wondering too, is there a displacement value here. I understand that 4 wheels at nearly 2000 lbs each will get close or two wheels at 4000 gets perhaps perceptively closer. How do the ratings play out for a vehicle weighing as much as a SBM?

Does anyone know?
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Re: Wheel load ratings

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First link doesn't work for me.
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