Originally Posted by Jake1996d1
I'd be interested to weigh an alloy rim vs a steel rim because steel rims seem to have less material than most rover alloys. I bet it would be a wash. They do hold a bead a lot better though. If I buy any other wheels it will be blinging alloy bead locks
The LR Alloys are a bunch lighter.
Here's what I've compiled from personal weighing and finding stuff on the internets:
Nato - 33lbs
LR Steel (Disco Spare) - 31lbs
ProComp - 30lbs
TF Alloys - 31lbs
TF Steel - 27lbs
LR Alloys - 23lbs
But your point is right with the TF stuff. I don't have marked if that is with or without the beadlocks on the TF alloys.
And if you factor steel lug nuts vs alloy then it might be a little closer.
And technically you would have to add the weight of spacers to the equation. I know it's not outside rotational mass but they do add weight to each corner.
Tire weight can vary too - my 35" MTR/K/Disco Steelies are just a little lighter than the 285 SSR/Wolfs I had prior.
------ Follow up post added February 13th, 2013 09:46 AM ------
To the OP question what is better alloy or steel. I think the LR alloys are pretty beef and you can get them cheap too. I run steel as I like having the axle shafts exposed and I like that the steel will bend vs alloy probably cracking. And I would be lying if I didn't say I like the looks of steel wheels better.
I would love a 7.5" wide Wolf - it's offset is spot on but the 6.5 is just a bit too narrow for anything over 255.