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Alright lads and lassies!
are the recommended over the OEM Alloys when overlanding for numerous
reasons - mainly strength & repairability
Question is has anybody ever "broke" an OEM Alloy on a landcruiser. I
have yet to come across anyone that has and at this moment in time don't
think I'll bother changing out my alloys for steels as I rekon the OEM
are up for the job
Any thoughts?
Niall
HDJ80
 
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Toyota alloys are very strong and I would keep mine as well, if I had
any reservations I would carry another spare, or just a wheel.
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Niall
You may not break an alloy but you drastically increase the possibility of
rim damage on stones, rocks etc and if you are going to increase and
decrease tyre pressure on a regular basis you also run the risk of losing
pressure and even damaging tyres as alloys are pretty suspect around the
bead. I'm not sure how ambitious you're driving is going to be but I would
go with steels every time (it was the first thing I did when I got the car).
Alloys are fine but they're not good at keeping the air in when you inflate
and deflate a lot and even minor damage to the very edge of the rim tends to
lead to slow punctures.
IMHO
You haven't skimped elsewhere by the sounds of it and will be well prepared
so it makes sense to me to buy steels - they're not expensive.
FWIW
Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones
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Hi guys,
I for once have never happened to break an alloy rim (maybe because
I've always used steel ;-), but I've bent a rim once or twice. You may
have more luck, but the question remain "what if".
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Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80 (auto)
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Jeremy
Re > Alloys are fine but they're not good at keeping the air in when you
inflate and deflate a lot and even minor damage to the very edge of the
rim tends to lead to slow punctures.
This is a key point. The alloys might not bust but I've seen my tyre man
trying to inflate them from flat - pure pigs to inflate.
Other key point is risk of damage to alloy rims and potential knock on
effect to tyres.
Clive
I agree - they're strong (or at least appear to me to be), but there
seems to be a consensus (especially on Aussie & African sites) that
steels are the only way to go.
It would perhaps be foolish to ignore what was learned from hard earned
experience because of what I think as opposed to reality.
Roman
What type of situation did you bend a rim? - Did then tyre fail also.
Any recommended makes or types of steel wheel would be appreciated
Cheers
Niall - HDJ 80 - leaning towards steels
 
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Niall,
While driving over rocks.
I bought my steel rims in France (Mangles eight spoke). Not extremely
strong but cheap and easy to beat back into shape.
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Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80 (auto)
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