I have a question which I hope someone can give me a little advice on. I
have a 78' Chevy 4x4 van which hovers around 7,000 Lbs. going down the road.
I just got it painted and am looking for a new look. Right now I run a
polished aluminum rim 16.5"x9.75" from Eagle Alloy that is cast and rated
for 3,400 Lbs. a wheel. The new wheel I am looking at is either a Weld
Racing Forged polished aluminum Typhoon with a rating of 3,200 Lbs. I can
also get the same looking rim from Eagle Alloy which is rated 3,400 Lbs.
My big question here is the Eagle Alloy requires a lot of up keep. I have
heard the Weld wheels although twice the price, have a better finish and
they hold their luster with minor up keep? I was hoping everyone would not
mind sharing their opinions and thoughts. I have always heard forged is
better, but they have roughly the same load rating. I also heard one of the
reasons Eagle Alloy has such a high up keep is because cast wheels are more
porous? Thank you a head of time for all your help.
78' Chevy 1 Ton 4X4 Van
If I was in your shoes, I'd check with a local shop who does wheel
repair/restoration and have them give you a quote on clearcoating your
wheels. A reputable shop will give a near indefinate warranty on their
coating and you won't be polishing them anymore.
Your Eagle wheels are not porous and will be fine for this process. My old
aluminum slot wheels were porous and I was told by our wheel restoration
shop that they would look terrible if coated. They told me, instead, that
if I wanted to buy new wheels to bring them there and if I wanted, then they
would coat my new wheels (since there would be very little prep work
involved) for $50 each.
I'm talking about doing this to your current wheels instead of buying new
ones, so it would be a little more money, normally. However, if you would
like to part with your old ones, then give me a shout because I may be able
to take them off your hands if the price is right.
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