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ShowerMan
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Between alloys and Wheel trims?
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do a google image search?
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Lara C.
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the difference is in either alloy wheels or steel wheels with a plastic cap on them. steel wheels are much heavier and look turd.
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Steel wheels are also cheaper
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Better handling, fuel economy with alloy wheels. They don't fall off like them nasty plastic trims do.
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i hate plastic trims!

alas, i do not have enough £££ to upgrade to alloys yet.
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Ever scuffed a plastic trim? Think about doing that to a nice new alloy wheel.
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thats true. i have, several times :p:

my old KA had alloys... it was my second car after learning to drive (got it like.. 4 months after passing my test), and i really feel sorry for the alloys by the time i was done with them :p:
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(Original post by Syntax Terrier)
Better handling, fuel economy with alloy wheels. They don't fall off like them nasty plastic trims do.
What??? How do steel wheels affect handling or economy. That sounds like utter *******s. Maybe if you have under inflated tyres. But to the type of wheels you have.
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^ They're lighter and hence fractionally better fuel economy and handling. Alloys reduce unsprung weight. Lighter wheels move better in response to imperfections in the road, thus improving grip and handling.
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Many modern alloys are actually pretty much as heavy as steel wheels as to make no odds.

Also, because alloys often come with lower profile tyres to compensate for the (often) larger rim diameter it can actually worsen the ride quality of the car.

(Original post by Dac.)
steel wheels are much heavier and look turd.
Some steel wheels can look good



Edit: If those steels don't float your boat, how about these?

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^ They're lighter and hence fractionally better fuel economy and handling. Alloys reduce unsprung weight. Lighter wheels move better in response to imperfections in the road, thus improving grip and handling.
Well, that's assuming you get like-for-like replacements. If you go from a 14" to a 17"-18", they're actually much heavier.

I saw a dyno of a car with normal 14" steelies then with 17" alloys and it actually lost 5bhp to the wheels due to the weight. I know it's hardly anything but it certainly wasn't an improvement. And of course, any loss of power to the wheels means a drop in fuel economy.
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(Original post by Tofufi)
Many modern alloys are actually pretty much as heavy as steel wheels as to make no odds.

Also, because alloys often come with lower profile tyres to compensate for the (often) larger rim diameter it can actually worsen the ride quality of the car.



Some steel wheels can look good



Edit: If those steels don't float your boat, how about these?

are you trying to put me off further :p: PUKE!
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Lets see the "blingin alloyz" on your car then

(and no, I don't own a Mustang, but I do own 2 old cars with wheels like the first pic )
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most other wheels on the cars above are on would probably look aweful to be fair..
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(Original post by jaw)
most other wheels on the cars above are on would probably look aweful to be fair..
the mustang ones would look good on JC's 'B though.
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(Original post by Tofufi)
Lets see the "blingin alloyz" on your car then

(and no, I don't own a Mustang, but I do own 2 old cars with wheels like the first pic )


check out my blingin' 14" rimz! :p:

dont get too jealous now
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Dont worry. We won't
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Dont worry. We won't
and that was when i first got it. its gotten so much scruffier since ive owned it
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Don't be dissing the yaris. It's a mean ass car. Mine's in chilli red, you should see all the turned heads... :rolleyes:
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