Less expensive doesn’t have to mean lower quality.

Choosing replacement wheels for your vehicle isn’t as simple as “shiny versus painted”. The right wheels are critical to your efficiency, your safety and your bottom line.

If you’ve ever shopped for replacement wheels for your vehicle or fleet, you know that both options—steel and aluminum—have their own sets of features and benefits. For starters, steel wheels are significantly less expensive, but price is only one of several factors you should consider before making your purchase.

Your application and payload capacity are the first things to think about when selecting your replacement wheels. Are you a heavy- or severe-duty hauler? Are you an LTL operator? Or, is maximizing your payload to make fewer hauls your priority?

Additional factors to consider when choosing replacement wheels:

  • Load rating or capacity requirements. Heavy load applications require higher load ratings—and stronger wheels.
  • Tire size and inflation pressure. Load ratings vary by tire size, construction and pressure.
  • Appearance and ease of maintenance. Steel wheels require minimal upkeep. Simply maintaining a layer of paint on the wheels will prevent rust.
  • Budget. Steel wheels are approximately one-third the price of aluminum wheels. With their durability and budget-friendly price, you can allocate your funds for other major updates rather than anticipating your next round of replacement wheels.

When and why should steel wheels be replaced?

Built for tough routes and heavy loads, steel wheels are the industry standard for North American trucks. However, like any component, they can sustain damage and may eventually need to be replaced.

Cracking or bending a steel wheel is no easy task, but it can happen. Overloading, curbing and bad road conditions can all cause steel wheel damage that may result in unscheduled downtime for a replacement. Load-related issues like rim flange wear can also play a role. This sharp, pitted wear on the flange of the wheel is caused by rims that are too narrow for the tires, or by an oversized, frequently shifting load that weighs down the wheels unevenly.

To keep your steel wheels performing at their peak, always follow all industry, OEM and OSHA installation and maintenance recommendations.                                 

 

Roll with Confidence on Road Choice Steel Wheels

Road Choice Steel Wheels are a budget-conscious wheel option with durability that extends their value for the life of your vehicle. Manufactured using quality materials, expert processes and refined workmanship, Road Choice steel wheels deliver rugged reliability and proven performance at one of the most competitive values available.

  • Single- or dual-wheel applications
  • Steer, drive or trailer axle positions
  • Positive hub-piloting and cone-lock clamping
  • Meets or exceeds North American corrosion standards
  • White topcoat standard
  • FMVSS DOT markings
  • ISO/TS certified, world-class manufacturing
  • Lightest heavy-duty wheels in the market
  • 22.5” x 14” size available in popular five hand-hole design
  • Warranty: Road Choice steel wheels are backed by the longest warranty available for wheels in aftermarket. The five-year warranty from date of manufacture covers issues against functional defects in workmanship and materials, excluding finish.

Road Choice steel wheels require no special installation procedures and can last for the life of the vehicle with minimal maintenance. When it comes to replacement wheels for your vehicle, Road Choice steel wheels bring value to your budget, strength and durability to your fleet, and peace of mind to your drivers.

See the experts at your Road Choice parts counter for information on Road Choice steel wheels and check out the full range of quality Road Choice all-makes remanufactured parts at RoadChoice.com.

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