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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-02-2009, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Tires and Wheel advantages

Hey all, I have had my buggy for one week now and spent $500.00 on it. My wife is so proud. NOT! Anyway can you tell me the advantages of replacing stock steel wheels with aluminum? Is weight the only advantage? Am I going to gain much of a performance change with differnt wheels? What does "off-set" mean? Anyone have stock or black aluminum wheels for sale? Not sure if I need to go with any bigger tires than stock. Sorry this is so long but this site kicks @$$.

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Usually the alum. wheels will have less un-sprung weight on the end of the suspension, which makes the suspension react quicker. There really won't be much performance gains by going to Alum. wheels only. If you go to a bigger diameter tire, you will lose some low end grunt, but you'll gain a slight amount on top end, if you go to a smaller diameter tire, it will have a much snappier holeshot, but of course you'll lose some top end. Off set is the distance from the back or front of the wheel rim, to the mounting flange where the wheel bolts to the hub. More off set from the front means the wheel will stick out further (flange deeper into the wheel), more off set from the backside will mean the wheel will be tucked into the chassis further (this will usually result in the tire rubbing the tie rod ends).

Maybe this helps you and answers your questions.
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If you ride in rocky terrain cast alluminum is pretty weak
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Sometimes steel is better because you can hammer it back into shape somewhat!

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If you ride in rocky terrain cast alluminum is pretty weak
Grizz, did you hit it very hard? Looks like ITP SS312 wheel, give them a shout, they will probably warranty it for you.

As for rims, I put on 14's and they did rob some power but definately are stiffer as for tire roll. I like the staggered fitment, 14x6 fronts & 14x8 rears (I think?). The 27" XTR tires are pretty heavy also, can't spin the tires nearly as much as I could with the stock rims/tires.

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